June 4, 1994 |
Kaitlyn Schmidt, a rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed 15-month-old with a broad smile, is about to go home after spending more time in the hospital than most people do in a lifetime. But her path to that happy homecoming, scheduled for Monday, has included not only two liver transplants but a mystifying bout with medical bureaucracy that prolonged her hospital stay by three weeks. Other than about eight weeks scattered throughout last fall and winter, the baby has spent nearly all of her life in St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
May 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died yesterday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. He had been recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment.
May 15, 1992 |
A GUT ISSUE If you think Congress is hard to stomach, imagine how the people who have to work there feel. According to a new survey, heartburn strikes congressional staffers at nearly twice the rate of the general public. Ninety percent of Capitol Hill staffers say working for members of Congress is either somewhat or very stressful, and 59 percent indicate their jobs bring on their indigestion, according to the survey by the Glaxo Institute for Digestive Health. AIDS COMPLICATION New research indicates the AIDS virus increases the likelihood of liver failure and hastens its development among hepatitis C patients.
October 25, 2011
Reginald Curry, 59, of Olney, a Philadelphia jazz musician, died of liver failure Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Curry graduated from Bishop Neumann High School. A friend, Carvel Watson, said that after studying in a Model Cities Arts Program in Philadelphia in the 1970s, Mr. Curry became a bassist with Wiusie Metribu, a Philadelphia quintet. Mr. Curry played and recorded with vibraphonist Khan Jamal and drummer Sonny Murray in the 1980s, Watson said.
August 6, 2005 |
Kevin P. Myers, 57, one of the firefighters sickened by hepatitis C whose diagnoses five years ago were a wake-up call for Philadelphia's department, died Monday of liver failure at home in North Cape May. Mr. Myers had been living at the Jersey Shore since 2002. Like most city firefighters, Mr. Myers did more than put out fires. He also was an emergency medical technician, a position that put him in contact with others' blood, the chief medium for transmitting the virus. Mr. Myers joined the Philadelphia Fire Department in 1974 and retired in 1997, after he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
February 25, 1990 |
Fifties balladeer Johnnie Ray, 63, known as the "Prince of Wails" for his vocal histrionics on such songs as "Cry," died yesterday of liver failure. Mr. Ray had entered Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Feb. 16 with liver failure, said hospital spokesman Ron Wise. In the early 1950s, the slender, boyish singer revolutionized popular music with his blend of rhythm and blues, country and gospel. He would jump about as he sang, bend his knees and cup his hand to his left ear, where he had worn a hearing aid since an injury at age 10. As he sang, he contorted his face, tugged at his hair and cried.
December 19, 2013 |
In the last three weeks, the Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs that are expected to dramatically improve treatment of chronic hepatitis C, a liver-damaging viral infection that afflicts more than 3.2 million Americans. Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), made by Gilead, and Olysio (simeprevir), made by Janssen Therapeutics, could improve cure rates while reducing serious side effects. Jonathan M. Fenkel, a transplant hepatologist who directs Thomas Jefferson University's Hepatitis C Center, answered questions about the disease and the new drugs.
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.
February 19, 2004
MICHELLE Malkin's recent commentary regarding the safety of hepatitis B vaccines ("Beware of the Vaccine Bullies," Feb. 9) may cause unnecessary concern and fear among parents. Simply put, the hepatitis B vaccine is safe. It provides the best possible protection against hepatitis B infection, which now affects more than two billion people worldwide - including more than a million Americans. Hepatitis B can lead to liver problems, including liver failure or even cancer. Prior to routine immunization, 5,000 people died every year in the United States from causes related to hepatitis B. Forty percent of all people with hepatitis B have no known risk factors prior to being infected.
January 6, 2014 |
John woke up before the alarm went off. He could have sworn he felt a sudden sharp pain below his rib cage. His head hurt from last evening's revelry. Perhaps he should have stopped at the fourth or fifth glass of craft beer. Walking to the train station, he became conscious of his breathing. He quickened his pace. But he felt he was oddly aware of his breaths, imagining his diaphragm rising and falling. What an amazing piece of muscle that never rested. Except now it wanted a break.