November 17, 2015 |
VINCENT MARGERA, of Chester County, the often-incomprehensible Uncle Don Vito from the MTV series "Viva La Bam" and "Jackass," died yesterday of liver and kidney failure, his sister-in-law said. He was 59. Margera, who was born in Chester and had been living in West Chester, had been in and out of Chester County Hospital since falling into a coma last month, April Margera told the Daily News . She is the mother of the series' star, Bam Margera. "He had emergency dialysis and he came out of it and was actually able to go home.
August 24, 2015 |
A few hundred times every year in the United States, a mysterious agent attacks the bile ducts of a newborn baby, often leading to a liver transplant. And several times over the last century, a mysterious agent attacked the bile ducts of lambs and other livestock in Australia, killing hundreds of animals in all. Plenty of pediatric liver researchers have wondered whether there was a connection. Could it be a virus? Genes? Rebecca G. Wells, a physician scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, dropped a line to Australia to see whether she could find out. The eventual result was a tale involving fluorescent fish, an odd-smelling plant, and painstaking chemical detective work to ferret out one fateful substance in that plant.
July 6, 2015 |
Hello there On New Year's Day 2012, Cliff waited for Richard by the Christmas tree at 30th Street Station. They had "e-met" in an Internet chat room six months prior, and had spent a good part of every day since talking - even when the Martell Group, Cliff's production, marketing, and sales company, took him time zones away. Richard, who is now 68, lives where he grew up: Norwalk, Conn. The three-hour train ride to Philadelphia was nerve-racking. He had only started dating men about two years prior, and here he was going to meet one who lived hundreds of miles away!
June 28, 2015 |
'I'm more tired than usual, doctor," the patient said, though she really thought nothing was wrong. At 60, she assumed age was catching up with her, and was at the doctor's office for her routine checkup. Indeed, all her blood work was normal - except for the panel revealing elevated liver enzymes. A liver ultrasound suggested the damage had been going on for some time. Aside from hypertension, she had no other active medical conditions. The only drugs she took were a diuretic and a multivitamin.
June 7, 2015 |
Subtle and sometimes even sly, cats are masters at keeping humans guessing. So when Chicopee the Siamese cat started to have strange "episodes," his owner thought she was imagining things. "He would sort of pause, look a little stunned, and then start to wobble," said Judy Schachner. After three such events in one week, the Swarthmore woman took her 6-year-old seal point to the vet. Chicopee had lost some weight and his skin seemed loose. His right eardrum bulged slightly.
March 30, 2015 |
When she found out early in her pregnancy that one of her identical twins would die at birth, Sarah Gray began a five-year journey that culminated last week in Philadelphia. She had to carry the sick baby to term in order to protect his healthy twin. And she also looked into organ and tissue donation. "Instead of thinking of our son as a victim," she said, "I started thinking of him as a contributor to research, to science. " On March 23, 2010, Thomas and Callum Gray were born at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.
November 9, 2014 |
A 32-year old woman arrived at my office for her first primary care visit, referred by a cardiologist for abnormal blood-test results. Throughout the preceding years, she had been to various specialists for different medical issues and while gathering her patient history, I began putting the pieces together. Her journey to my office began with a routine cholesterol screening at work. Because the results were high, she consulted a cardiologist, who prescribed a statin to get her numbers down.
November 2, 2014 |
A 36-year-old man who sold antiques over the Internet developed a sore throat and persistent cough in early September. For several weeks, he put up with the cough, but in early October, his energy flagged, and he began waking up in the middle of the night, feverish and drenched in sweat. He went to see his physician, who prescribed Doxycyclin, an all-purpose antibiotic that is active against a broad range of bacteria. The medicine did not work. His fevers persisted, and he felt increasingly washed-out and weary.
November 2, 2014 |
When Carlos Rosario Ramirez, 10, of North Philadelphia, was diagnosed with fatty liver in 2010, his doctor prescribed a change in diet and an exercise plan. Out went sugary sodas and sweets; in came fruits, vegetables, and more activity. Without drugs to treat fatty liver, the plan was to lose weight, lower his cholesterol, and lower his insulin resistance in hopes of reversing the condition. But the goal hasn't been easy to reach, says his mother, Lourdes, 47, who worked with Carlos and a nutritionist at the Healthy Weight program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
August 21, 2014 |
THE WAY Poppy Livers sees the world, everyone has their own story. His just happens to be a little more distinct. Or even a lot. "Because I have a background," he said. Especially for someone who didn't know much about Villanova until the time he showed up there with almost no place else to go, despite the fact that his grandfather, an Olympic hurdler and namesake, is in the university's Varsity Club Hall of Fame. "It's a lot to take in," Livers acknowledges. The journey has been circuitous.