October 10, 2012
NEW YORK - U.S. deaths surpassed 2.5 million for the first time last year, reflecting the nation's growing and aging population. The increase of about 45,000 more deaths than in 2010 was not surprising. The annual number of deaths has been generally rising for decades as the population has swelled. Before last year, the largest number of deaths was 2.47 million in 2008. The number of deaths can rise or fall from year to year, depending on whether there was a bad flu season or other factors.
May 16, 2012
EVEN WHILE HOBBLED by severe kidney disease, which required weekly dialysis treatments, Reggie Schell was out on Cecil B. Moore Avenue passing out leaflets or holding up signs, relentless in his pursuit of justice for black people. The former leader of the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, Reggie was never deterred from working for the cause of equality for black people, the mission that had consumed him since the '60s - driving him to join demonstrations, work to get out the black vote and to get involved in other efforts to improve the community and the lives of his people.
December 26, 2013 |
When Theresa Welsh, a Haddonfield pediatrician, agreed to donate her kidney to a stranger, to start a chain of kidney donations, she had one requirement: get the operation done with before her first grandchild arrived. The surgery was Oct. 22. She was back to work part time in two weeks, seeing her own patients. And she will spend Christmas Day with her new grandson, Evan, born Dec. 5. "I do feel perfectly fine," she said. Her right kidney has stepped up its performance beautifully, making up for the loss of her left.
December 29, 2012 |
The e-mail that Nancy Gleason received last September was lengthy: a last-ditch plea from a distant relative, writing to ask if she knew anyone who might be willing to donate a kidney to a stranger. Gleason clicked the "forward" button and typed in her husband's e-mail address. Her e-mail was just one line long: "We're both O-positive. I'm in if you are. " Eight months later, Chief Joe Gleason of the West Goshen Police Department was heading into surgery at the Mayo Clinic, about to give a major organ to a woman he had met two days before.
September 2, 2004 |
Seven-time all-star Alonzo Mourning will attempt a comeback with the New Jersey Nets this season, less than a year after a kidney transplant. The 34-year-old Mourning signed with the Nets before last season but his comeback lasted only 12 games before he retired Nov. 24 because of complications from a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He was diagnosed before the 2000-01 season. Horse racing Six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon was reported among three jockeys and 13 others arrested in England on charges of fixing horse races, reported Britain's Press Association.
March 2, 2005 |
Alonzo Mourning once was larger than life, the Miami Heat's biggest star. Now, even he acknowledges those days are gone. Yet Mourning also steadfastly believes he can still play at a championship-caliber level. And now, at last, he's back with Miami and ready to resume his past quest - delivering the Heat's first NBA title. The seven-time All-Star center signed a contract yesterday to rejoin Miami, the team with whom he spent eight previous seasons - a stint twice interrupted by kidney disease.
November 26, 2003 |
Former Phoenix Suns coach Scott Skiles has had "some discussions" with Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson about the team's coaching vacancy, Skiles' agent, Keith Glass, said yesterday. "Certainly we're interested - Scott's interested. And I think they're interested," Glass said. Paxson wasn't available for comment yesterday, but Skiles is thought to be the front-runner to replace Bill Cartwright, who was fired Monday because of the team's 4-10 start. Paxson has said he would like to name a new coach within a week.
November 3, 2000 |
The new tattoo high on Matt Geiger's right arm, just below the shoulder, reads "The Time Is Now. " The 76ers' backup center, starting his second season in succession on the injured list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, says "They're just words. " He declines to say whether they have a special meaning. The message, though, could be that Geiger is eager to start contributing the way he believes he can. He missed the first 17 games of last season, then never really found his niche, struggling with inconsistency and a lack of conditioning.
May 1, 2001 |
It's a somber rite of spring: Pat Riley meets one final time with his team and then with the media, trying to explain what went wrong for the Miami Heat. When Riley renewed the ritual yesterday, the lines in his face were deeper, the gray in his hair more pronounced and the self-assessment harsher than ever before. That comes from losing to a lower-seeded playoff team each of the past four years. "If I was my boss, I would probably fire me," Riley said. With a chuckle he added, "But I'm not going to fire myself.
October 8, 2009 |
Nakida Jones couldn't believe her eyes. At a corporate screening for high blood pressure at her nursing-home job, her reading on the monitor was 176/110. For too long, Jones, 35, mother of two daughters, had ignored the signs - a family history of hypertension and her own diagnosis two years ago - for the convenience of fried, take-out food, and the comfort of her couch after a long day. 176/110. A cold wake-up call. Jones' screening two weeks ago was part of the Heart Healthy Philadelphia campaign to spread awareness and change unhealthy, potentially deadly behaviors.