August 15, 2015 |
When critics lamented the treatment of macular degeneration with a drug that costs up to 40 times as much as the alternative, physicians defended the practice by pointing to infections in patients who got the cheaper drug. That argument no longer holds water, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. Researchers reviewed insurance claims data for 58,612 patients who received more than 380,000 injections of the two drugs, Avastin and Lucentis, and found they posed equally low risks of infection.
July 23, 2015 |
FORMER TRAFFIC Court Judge Fortunato N. Perri Sr., who pleaded guilty in 2013 to federal fraud charges related to a ticket-fixing scam, is unlikely to get jail time when he is sentenced on Friday. A federal memorandum filed Monday said house arrest was appropriate for Perri, 78, because of his medical condition. Court-ordered examinations, including an MRI, showed that Perri's health has declined after two strokes. And, according to a separate sentencing memo filed yesterday by defense attorney Brian McMonagle, Perri also has Crohn's disease and macular degeneration.
February 17, 2015 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - There is a cycle of inevitability in nature - of birth, growth, evolution, and, eventually, death - that hasn't escaped the eye of Pat Witt. Renowned for capturing the beauty of the changing seasons in the swampy bogs of South Jersey, Witt, 88, is beloved for teaching four generations of children and adults to look deep beyond the mechanics of painting and drawing. Thousands of students have passed through the doors of her Barn Studio of Art since she opened it in 1962, a place that has been called a sanctuary for creativity on the bottom floor of a converted hay barn and florist shop in a wooded glen off Whitaker Avenue.
July 14, 2014 |
A type of therapy that combined training in emotional and physical coping skills helped patients who were facing blindness to avoid depression, a new study from Thomas Jefferson University has found. Patients with age-related macular degeneration who got the experimental treatment at home were half as likely to become depressed as those who simply talked with a therapist about their illness and its consequences. In the study, published last week in the journal Ophthalmology, 12.6 percent of patients who received a therapy called "behavior activation" became depressed, compared with 23.4 percent of the control group.
March 28, 2013
1 BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME Every year thousands of lives are saved because of seat belts - about 30 percent of highway deaths are attributed to the occupants' not being restrained. 2 ANNUAL CHECKUP See the doctor at least once a year for a physical. When you go to the doctor have your blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol tested. Ask for the results and maintain a file with the numbers. This way you can see where you're trending and manage a problem before it starts.
January 29, 2013
If you're worried about the recent study linking aspirin use to an age-related disease that leads to blindness , specialists at Wills Eye Institute have some reassuring advice. The Australian study, published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that taking aspirin at least once a week more than doubled the chance of macular degeneration, including the more damaging "wet" type, among 2,389 adults followed for 15 years. But the 15-year incidence was still relatively small - about 5.8 percent of regular aspirin users compared with 2.2 percent of nonusers.
June 22, 2012 |
About two years ago, Fredric Kornberg was in his Bermuda hotel on business when his eyesight started doing strange things. The smoke detector on the ceiling seemed to be moving, he said, and the pinstriping on his car became "distorted, wavy. " Kornberg, 81, a Bala Cynwyd resident, was diagnosed soon after returning home with an eye disorder called macular degeneration - the leading cause of vision loss in the United States for those 60 and older. Luckily for Kornberg, doctors began treatment early enough to save his vision, but many others are going untreated and becoming blind.
June 21, 2012 |
The last 10 years have seen a dramatic rise in the percentage of older Americans afflicted with vision-threatening eye disorders, as seen in new data released by Prevent Blindness America in partnership with the National Eye Institute and Johns Hopkins University. "I think it's alarming that the prevalence rates are rising because these are devastating diseases," says Richard S. Kaiser, a retina surgeon at Wills Eye Institute. "It's one thing to talk about a population, and describe a population with a disease, but … when you are with these people day in and day out, it is heartbreaking to have to diagnose them with these conditions.
March 5, 2012 |
Last Thursday, 75-year-old inmate BB8134 - William Barnes - was in cell B177, one of 500 men housed in one of four blocks at the sprawling state prison at Graterford in Montgomery County. Monday afternoon, Barnes was 36 stories above Center City, with a vista that included the skyline and the Schuylkill, meandering its way through the distant suburbs. He was paroled Friday, almost two years after a Philadelphia jury acquitted him of murder in the death of city police Officer Walter T. Barclay, whom he shot and wounded in 1966.
November 15, 2011 |
Robert August Ziesing, 89, formerly of Wayne, a retired metallurgist, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, of pancreatic cancer at Beaumont, a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Ziesing grew up in Wayne and graduated from the Haverford School. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard a destroyer escort, the Rinehart, in the Pacific. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgy in 1947 from Yale University and then was a roughneck in oil fields in Colorado.