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.
November 22, 2011 |
HIV drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. will spend about $11 billion to buy Pharmasset Inc., of Princeton, in what one analyst termed an "amazing risk," a high-stakes gamble that could yield billions of dollars in drug sales if a possible breakthrough hepatitis C treatment pans out. Gilead, of Foster City, Calif., said Monday it would pay $137 per share in cash for Pharmasset, a company with no products on the market and a stock that has traded as...
November 3, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Uncle Mo was supposed to return to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup as a conquering hero. He was the buzz horse entering the Kentucky Derby, having won the first four races of his career and earning top 2-year-old honors. But he never made it to the starting gate. Uncle Mo was knocked out on Derby eve by a serious liver disease. When owner Mike Repole left Louisville in May, he didn't know whether he would ever see his best horse again. The colt was sidelined for four months because of the illness, leaving Repole, trainer Todd Pletcher, and others around Uncle Mo to wonder whether it was a race he could win. Now he appears to be back on his game.
October 20, 2011
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday found in favor of the widow of a Philadelphia firefighter who claimed he got hepatitis C from his job. Patricia Kriebel filed a workers' compensation claim after her husband, Joseph Kriebel, 52, died in 2004 from liver disease caused by hepatitis C. The city, in fighting the claim, relied on the testimony of a doctor who cited a military record from 1969 that said he contracted "serum hepatitis from drug...
August 28, 2011 |
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Stay Thirsty won the $1 million Travers Stakes to move to the head of the 3-year-old class, taking charge in the stretch Saturday and beating Rattlesnake Bridge by 11/2 lengths. Stay Thirsty's victory came a little more than 30 minutes after his stablemate, Uncle Mo, the Kentucky Derby favorite sidelined for more than four months with a life-threatening liver disease, finished second by a nose to Caleb's Posse in the $250,000 King's Bishop. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10, Stay Thirsty raced just off the pace set by Preakness winner Shackleford.