June 28, 2009 |
Ralph F. Hirschmann, 87, a groundbreaking medicinal chemist formerly of Blue Bell, died of kidney disease June 20 at Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester. In 2000, at a White House dinner, Dr. Hirschmann received the National Medal of Science for his work in the development of several widely used drugs. For 37 years he was affiliated with Merck & Co., where he was director of medicinal chemistry and then vice president for basic research. During his tenure, his team developed or discovered major drugs including Vasotec and Lisinopril for high blood pressure; the antibiotic Primaxin; cholesterol-lowering Mevacor; Proscar for enlarged prostates; and Ivomec, used to combat river blindness.
January 5, 2012 |
YOU MAY HAVE READ Tuesday that Philadelphia's first lady, Lisa Nutter, and first daughter Olivia Nutter were to receive flowers from Councilwoman Marian Tasco at Mayor Nutter 's inauguration Monday at the Academy of Music but that someone had forgotten to order them. On Tuesday, Council staffers called Ten Pennies Florist (1921 S. Broad) to ask that arrangements be sent to the Nutter ladies at the family's Wynnefield home. We're told the arrangements consisted of calla lilies, roses and hydrangeas.
January 31, 2001 |
Sixers center Theo Ratliff earned some extra cash yesterday, but that was hardly his primary focus when he learned he had been one of the seven reserves selected by the Eastern Conference coaches for the Feb. 11 All-Star Game in Washington. It is believed that Ratliff's contract includes a $1 million bonus for making the All-Star team, and that he can earn another $1 million based on the Sixers' final victory total. Commissioner David Stern will name replacements for East starters Grant Hill, of Orlando, and Alonzo Mourning, of Miami, but Sixers coach Larry Brown - as the East coach - will select the replacement starters.
July 19, 1992 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday on the 150th birth anniversary of Arthur Sullivan, better known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan. The duo's light operas, written at the end of the 19th century, remain popular today. The stamps depict scenes from The Yeomen of the Guard (1888), 18 pence; The Gondoliers (1889), 24 pence; The Mikado (1885), 28 pence; The Pirates of Penzance (1879), 33 pence, and Iolanthe (1882), 39 pence. Sullivan (1842-1900), whose Irish father was a military bandmaster, showed a talent for music at an early age and attended Britain's Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship.
December 10, 2010 |
An AWOL sailor and his girlfriend, wanted in a string of South Jersey crimes, were arrested early Wednesday in Cleveland after a monthlong hunt, authorities said. Teague Caton, 20, of Medford, and Jacqueline Negra, 23, of Cherry Hill, had been running from authorities since early Nov. 10, when they allegedly raced out of an Edgewater Park roadside lot with a police officer hanging from the window of Caton's truck. The officer, who was not seriously injured, had tried to arrest Caton on outstanding warrants.
June 7, 1987 |
Because of medical advances and improved nutrition, cats and dogs, like their owners, are living longer than ever before. The tradeoff is that both older human beings and animals are subject to degenerative ailments and have reduced resistance to disease. Cats do not age as rapidly as dogs. In general, dogs of 7 or 8 and cats of 10 or 12 are entering the seniors bracket. Canines live an average of about 11 years; cats, 15 or even into their 20s. These numbers vary among breeds and types.
January 11, 2015 |
A middle-aged man came to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia after enduring seven months of diarrhea and joint pain. He'd lost a great deal of weight, even though his diet was normal. A physical examination showed him to be severely debilitated, with muscle wasting and a markedly distended abdomen. Four liters of fluid were removed from his abdomen for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. The most common causes of that kind of fluid accumulation - called ascites - are liver disease, kidney disease, and malignancy.
September 13, 2015 |
A new study finds that more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure in certain high-risk patients may extend their lives, the National Institutes of Health said Friday. Over a period of three years on average, patients were nearly 25 percent less likely to die if they took enough medicine to reduce their systolic blood pressure - the higher of those two numbers you hear at the doctor's office - to 120. Those patients were compared with a second group whose target systolic pressure was 140. Patients who got the more aggressive treatment also were 30 percent less likely to suffer a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke during the study period, the NIH said.
November 28, 2010 |
John Stuart Katz, 72, of Society Hill, a film scholar, author, Penn professor, and one-half of a remarkable Philadelphia love story, died of complications from renal failure Friday, Nov. 26, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A movie omnivore whose courses explored film's impact on political change, Mr. Katz coedited Image Ethics , a book about the moral ramifications of documentary films. He was passionate about nonfiction cinema such as Errol Morris' The Fog of War , but, if pressed, would say his favorite movie was Annie Hall . Mr. Katz cut a jaunty figure at York University in Toronto, where he was on the faculty for more than three decades, and at Penn, where he taught for 13 years in the English department.
February 14, 2003 |
Juanita Jacobs, 66, whose devotion to her profoundly retarded daughter created a love story in its purest form, died Feb. 6 of kidney disease at Einstein Medical Center. A Florida native, Mrs. Jacobs grew up in the Tioga section of Philadelphia and was a resident of West Oak Lane. For 17 years, Mrs. Jacobs took care of her daughter, Scherri - remarkable in itself because Scherri Pearl Jacobs was not expected to live more than 24 hours, said Mrs. Jacobs' husband of 33 years, Edward, her only immediate survivor.