May 11, 2008 |
The seven-year odyssey of the Moran family had pit stops that could have been deadly. An autoimmune disease whisked stone mason Sean Moran into kidney failure. Then came meningitis and a coma. The slow and steady recovery that followed, along with the family's cautious optimism, then got a jolt. Daughter Carrie Moran was in a serious car accident when her vehicle hydroplaned into a tree. The Plumstead Township family lived in what Sean Moran's wife, Marlene, called on-and-off "medical mayhem.
March 6, 2003 |
Be honest. Do you eat fewer than two meals a day? Are fruits, veggies and dairy foods rarely part of your meals? Has illness or discomfort changed the kind, or amount, of food you eat? Is it hard for you to shop, cook and/or feed yourself? Has a limited budget kept you from buying the food you need? Have you lost or gained 10 or more pounds - unintentionally - in the last six months? Do you take three or more different prescribed or over-the-counter drugs a day?
September 25, 1994 |
Until her husband, James E. Chadwick, came down with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, 15 years ago, Rita Chadwick had never heard of the condition. It killed him in 1991. Two of her three children also are afflicted with the devastating, inherited illness. Tests show her grandchildren to now be free of infantile PKD, but the condition could surface when they become adults. "After my husband died, I had to do something," Chadwick said. So she founded a Pennsylvania group to work in support of the National Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation.
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.
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.
March 9, 2014 |
Starting at age 15, Katrina battled kidney disease. She could not hold her urine and had to seek out a bathroom every two hours. Her friends noticed and teased her about her small bladder. After months of worrying in silence, she finally found the courage to tell her mother. "Something is wrong," she said. They made an appointment to see the family doctor, who listened carefully to Katrina's story, took a urine sample, and ordered a few routine studies. It turned out that Katrina had early renal failure due to Alport syndrome, a rare disease also known as IgA nephropathy.
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.