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 11, 2015 |
A middle-aged man came to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia after enduring seven months of diarrhea and joint pain. He'd lost a great deal of weight, even though his diet was normal. A physical examination showed him to be severely debilitated, with muscle wasting and a markedly distended abdomen. Four liters of fluid were removed from his abdomen for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. The most common causes of that kind of fluid accumulation - called ascites - are liver disease, kidney disease, and malignancy.
December 23, 2014 |
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, for Phyllis Jean Lewis Prible, 82, a longtime resident of Malvern and a world traveler who died at home Friday, Nov. 14, of complications from liver disease. Born in Huntington, Ind., to Roscoe R. and Mildred Lewis, Mrs. Prible moved to Malvern in 1967 and remained there for 47 years. Her life was centered on her family. She and husband, Glen V. Prible, were four days short of celebrating their 64th anniversary. They had never spent an anniversary apart, said her daughter Susan P. Warmuth.
January 23, 2014 |
BOBBY Rydell readily admits that the Daily News already should have published his obituary. "You're not being overdramatic whatsoever," he responded, when asked if it would be too much to say that, logically speaking, he should be dead. "I [needed] a liver transplant, then found out I was going into renal failure and needed a kidney transplant - which, fortunately, boosted me up on the transplant [waiting] list. " The dire recollection of his July 2012 double-transplant surgery, proffered in the Eagles- and Phillies-decorated den of Rydell's Lower Merion home, was not at all hyperbolic.
April 19, 2013 |
Catherine M. Blumstein, 51, of Berwyn, a former principal and grade-school teacher at SS. Colman-John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr, died Thursday, April 11, of complications of liver disease at home. "She had a lot of energy and she loved teaching children," said her husband, Lewis. Mrs. Blumstein's teaching career was from 1984 to 2012. During those years she taught students in third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. She was an advocate for the use of technology in the classroom, her husband said.
December 27, 2012
Joan Mulhern, 51, a forceful advocate for the environment who lobbied Congress and often rallied public support to sway lawmakers to her cause, died Dec. 18 of liver disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Her death was relayed by a sister, Marie Mulhern. Ms. Mulhern had been the senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, since 1999. She fought repeated attempts by Congress to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act and battled coal companies and government officials over mountaintop-removal coal mining, in which mountains are blasted away to create strip mines.
June 29, 2012 |
Roughly two million to three million baby boomers are chronically infected with hepatitis C, putting them at risk of serious liver damage if left untreated. Dramatic improvements in what is now a very unpleasant drug regimen are expected over the next several years. Should they wait? Before deciding that this story doesn't apply to you, note that chronic hepatitis C can lie dormant for decades with no symptoms. Most people who have it are unaware of the infection. So the first step is to get a blood test, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month proposed recommending for everyone born from 1945 to 1965.
June 16, 2012 |
Michael Secreto has no idea where he picked up hepatitis C. Tattoos made with India ink and needles passed among 12-year-old friends in South Philly? Hard drugs as a teenager? Blood from dialysis patients when he drove paratransit vehicles in the 1990s? The infection was a surprise, discovered after Secreto's wife heard about hepatitis and suggested he get tested a decade ago. Back then, the treatment didn't work for him. Now, midway through a new drug regimen, the virus is down to undetectable levels.
February 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise, and new data show that baby boomers are most at risk. Federal health officials are considering whether anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get a one-time blood test to check if their livers harbor this ticking time bomb. Two-thirds of people with hepatitis C are in this age group, most unaware they have a festering virus that takes a few decades to do its damage. The issue has taken new urgency since two drugs hit the market last summer that promise to cure many more people than ever was possible.
December 12, 2011 |
Dr. Francis "Frank" A. Zampiello, 75, of Philadelphia, an early advocate for better health care through his work with the U.S. Public Health Service, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at home of complications from autoimmune liver disease. Before retiring, Dr. Zampiello was national director of the Quality Center in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care, where he served from 1997 until 2002. In that role, he worked to reduce errors and increase efficiency in the nation's health-care delivery.