March 13, 2016 |
Poorly controlled diabetes can spawn a host of medical problems that can lead to amputations, but generally, a triad of issues tend to be present. Neuropathy, a nerve condition that numbs the feet and toes, can prevent people with diabetes from feeling pain in their toes or feet, which which could lead to their not knowing about injuries, or neglecting them. Circulation problems may interfere with wound healing, which, in turn, can lead to sepsis, or overwhelming infections. And a slowed down immune response means that many with diabetes have trouble fighting off infections, which can lead to amputations.
December 31, 2015 |
The Rev. Rick Curry embraced his disability as a gift and used it to empower thousands. When Richard Jerome Curry was born without a right forearm and hand, his mother wept, and his father fled to a bar near the family home in Southwest Philadelphia. The missing limb would define him, people told the boy - he could never be a soldier or a doctor or a priest. The difference did define him, but in no way that his parents or early teachers had imagined. After spending much of his life as a Jesuit brother, Father Curry received a special dispensation from the Vatican to become a priest at age 66. He earned a doctorate.
November 17, 2015 |
A competition called Health Hack - where medical pros, engineers, artists, and an insurer tried to develop creative health-care solutions - produced several winners at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital over the weekend. About 250 people took part in the first Independence/Jefferson Health Hack, brainstorming for ways to reduce hospital admissions, improve wearable limbs, and use drones to deliver care. In the drones category, the winner was Tigerdrone, which can search for people injured in disasters or war zones.
December 14, 2014 |
Mummenschanz is not a holiday show, but it's still a great family-friendly December treat, appropriate for any child who can sit still. In fact, it was almost as fun to hear children's screams of delight on opening night Thursday at the Annenberg Center, as it was to watch the wacky magic happening on stage. In just under two hours, including an intermission, Mummenschanz presents a series of short, enchanting vignettes that turned tubes and bits of fabric into amusing and sympathetic characters.
August 25, 2014 |
The last limb of the old tree was lopped off Saturday, when the 76ers traded forward Thaddeus Young as part of a three-team swapfest that brings back two ordinary bench players and a future first-round draft pick. To be honest, and this is the reason for all the lopping, it wasn't that much of a tree to begin with, but it was all the Sixers had during the end of the pinchpenny reign of Father Comcast and the start of the Joshua Harris ownership era. It was sturdy enough in the weather of an NBA season to win 40-45 games and make the playoffs, but never a whole lot more than that.
February 12, 2014 |
Nobody pines for a disastrous storm, but this winter, business has been coming out of the woodwork for tree specialists. The broken limbs and falling trees that resulted from last week's ice storm meant stress and holes in the roof for some. But to others it has been a moneymaker. Tree removal companies have been getting a lot of calls and a lot of business. "I've been doing this 42 years, and it's never been worse - or better for me, anyway," said Rick Crecraft of Crecraft for Tree Craft in Wayne.
July 18, 2013
What's a human life worth? Apparently not enough when it came to weighing the possibility that someone might die if a Philadelphia building wasn't demolished properly. Although they were warned of that danger, none of the people who could have prevented a tragedy acted before the worst thing imaginable occurred. The demolition of a Center City building went ahead and, on June 5, caused a wall to fall on an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13. How do we know there were missed opportunities to prevent deaths and injuries?
April 22, 2013 |
How the heck did he get on that island? How long has he been there? How the heck did he get cigarettes? How did he get Beanie-Weenies?" Those are just a few of the urgent questions Matthew McConaughey had for Jeff Nichols once the actor had pored over the writer/director's screenplay, Mud , and signed on to play the title role - a fugitive wanted for murder hiding out on a deserted island in the middle of the Mississippi, down Arkansas...
November 2, 2012 |
NEWS THAT the Eagles held a players-only meeting in the aftermath of their three-game losing streak comes as no surprise. It is a familiar dynamic, right out of The Standard NFL Locker Room Manual. If form holds, what will follow is the ritual circling of the wagons, followed by the blaming of the media, followed by - in the event they beat the New Orleans Saints on Monday night - the proclamation that "nobody believed in us except for the 53 people in this room. " And, et cetera. Far more interesting was quarterback Michael Vick's proclamation that he was going to throw off whatever mental constraints have been holding him back and just be himself again.
September 29, 2012 |
Listening to a neighbor isn't always a good idea. Joan Burns, 63, of Kensington, was arrested Thursday and charged with insurance fraud for claiming to have been hurt when a falling tree limb landed on her car. Burns' story changed several times about what happened on Aug. 6, 2011, while she was attending a child's birthday party about a mile from her home, according to the criminal complaint. Although she initially told insurance representatives she wasn't in her S2006 Suzuki Grand Vitari when the limb came down, she later sought medical treatment, obtained legal representation, and began declaring she sustained injuries in the mishap, the complaint alleges.