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.
January 6, 2015 |
EILEEN LABOLITO could rarely make it down a street in Frankford's Northwood section without being stopped by someone she had helped teach as a child. "You taught me when I was a kid," was the typical greeting. "I just wanted to thank you. " And sometimes there would be a knock on her door and there would be a child who had heard that Eileen was ill and wanted to tell her how much she had meant to him or her. "I think she was put on this earth to deal with 4-year-olds," said her husband, Joseph Labolito.
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.
March 2, 2014 |
As the long and busy winter turned into spring, the young executive reveled in the tranquil escape he achieved out on the golf course. But as summer came on, the nagging ache in his right side made him wonder if he was overdoing it on the links. For a few weeks, ibuprofen seemed to make the pain subside, but eventually that didn't relieve it. Then he began having pain when he took a deep breath, which pushed him to get evaluated. He described his symptoms, and the physician examined him, clarifying that the pain was in the right upper quadrant of the patient's abdomen, the region housing the liver and the gallbladder.
December 19, 2013 |
COATESVILLE Matt Ortega spent the last few months worrying, but the next football game wasn't what kept the Coatesville head football coach up at night. He found out this summer that his father, Rick, needed a liver transplant. "He spent many sleepless nights thinking he may not be a match," said Corrie Ortega. "My husband was very adamant he wanted to be the one to do it. He's very, very close to his dad. " After months of trips to the hospital and many blood tests, screenings, consultations, and a biopsy, Matt Ortega, 39, found out in November that he was a match.
December 6, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Art Commission on Wednesday approved sculptor Stephen Layne's design of one of the key moments in Joe Frazier's storied career - his knockdown of Muhammad Ali with a left hook in the 15th round of 1971's "Fight of the Century" - to honor the South Carolinian who made Philadelphia his home. The nine-foot statue, to be placed outside Xfinity Live in South Philadelphia, will be unveiled in about a year. All that is left to sort out are details on lighting and finishing touches on the pedestal, according to lawyer Richard Hayden, who represents the entities and people, including the Cordish family and Comcast-Spectacor, who raised the $160,000 cost of the statue.
May 24, 2013
By Helen Ouyang At age 33, I outlived my father this year. He died when he was only 32. I was 3 years old and my brother was 5. My father was diagnosed with liver cancer on Halloween. On Thanksgiving Day, my mother was a widow. He first complained of fatigue in September of that year. Then he noticed his urine was the color of tea. At first, no doctor at our local hospital in New Jersey could pinpoint the diagnosis. But as soon as my grandmother heard his symptoms, she knew he had liver cancer - she had already lost another son to the same disease.
March 8, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am in a county jail for parole violation, and I have been struck with some not-so-good news while here. On a recent visit with my parents, I learned that my mother, who suffers from a variety of health problems, can no longer work. My father, who must work to cover the cost of her medical care, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. I don't feel like I have come to terms with my father's illness. Although I know what is eventually to come, I have yet to feel any emotion, good or bad. I'm not sure if I'm blocking it or if I'm being the strong-willed adult I was raised to be by my father and best friend.
November 22, 2012
Rhythm-and-blues singer Billy Scott, 70, died from pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte, N.C. Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W.Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, began recording in 1966 as the Prophets. The band's first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever. " Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets. The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach-music genre, a regional variant of R&B. In 1999, Mr. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
November 20, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70. Scott died Saturday of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Charlotte, said Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Scott, who was born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, in 1966 began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever.