June 30, 1986 |
Not everyone who smokes cigarettes for 40 years gets lung cancer. Why not? Of all the people who take a specific prescription drug, only a few may suffer adverse reactions. How come? A few of the American soldiers serving in Asia during World War II and in Korea became seriously ill when given standard anti-malaria drugs. Why? It's long been known that individuals may respond differently to drugs, chemical pollutants and other environmental substances. What's new is the increasing ability of scientists to link these reactions to variations in individual, inherited genes.
December 5, 1993 |
After two decades as a professor of English literature, Emilie Passow is carving herself a niche in the field of medical education. The Swarthmore College professor uses literature to help cultivate compassion, insight and sensitivity in medical students who take her courses at Thomas Jefferson Medical University and the Medical College of Pennyslvania. You might call it Bedside Manner 101, but don't imagine it's warm and fuzzy. "This is not soft, touchy-feely, let's-learn-to-be-nice," said Passow, a full-time faculty member at Swarthmore.
December 24, 1998 |
Doctors caring for the newborn octuplets in Houston estimate that before the babies go home, they are likely to require at least $2 million of care, or about $250,000 per infant. No one likes to count pennies when it comes to health care, especially for fragile, premature babies such as the eight born to Nkem Chukwu. But in cases of the growing number of multiple births induced by excessive fertility treatments, medical and ethical experts say the enormous expense is entirely avoidable and even irresponsible.
April 18, 2003 |
The case of Marshall Klavan has been characterized as a complaint of "wrongful life" and a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury yesterday heard why at the opening of an unusual civil trial. Klavan, 71, a former obstetrician and gynecologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, has been in a nursing home for six years, incapacitated by a stroke. Fearing a stroke, Klavan had written an "advanced medical directive," or living will, in 1993 prohibiting extreme medical measures if he were to develop an "incurable or . . . irreversible mental or physical condition.
April 5, 1995 |
The United Nations World Health Organization has begun testing possible HIV vaccines, but partly because the first trials are in Thailand, the program is controversial. The need for a vaccine is especially pressing since the AIDS epidemic is exploding in many of the world's poorest nations. Yet many people say that testing vaccines in poor nations is unethical. They are wrong. Many of us still think of acquired immune deficiency syndrome as somehow peculiarly an American disease.
July 4, 2016 |
Bill Lyon has Alzheimer's disease. I ought to know. I'm the guy in the white coat. Three and a half years ago, Lyon, his wife, and his daughter-in-law came to see me at the Penn Memory Center. For about a year, he'd been frustrated finding words, could become easily confused, and had gotten lost while driving familiar routes. Once, he mixed up the remote control with the portable telephone. Over the last five weeks, this Inquirer sports columnist emeritus has written about his diagnosis.
March 17, 2012
Arthur Caplan, one of the nation's best-known medical ethicists, is leaving the University of Pennsylvania for work with New York University's Langone Medical Center. Caplan, who has worked at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine since 1994, start works July 1 at Langone, the New York school said in a statement. He will serve as director of the new Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health. Until January this year, Caplan was the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics.
December 5, 2006 |
Bioethics expert George Annas has spoken at hospitals and universities nationwide about medical bias, AIDS, and the right to die. But it was a lecture touching on human rights and Guantanamo Bay that landed him in the center of a debate that some say threatens free speech at Philadelphia's VA Hospital. After Annas' speech, given Sept. 28 to more than 100 people at the Veterans Administration hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs received a single, unsigned letter of complaint questioning whether federal agencies should sponsor speakers who oppose current administration policies.
February 2, 1995 |
Lower Moreland police officers, firefighters and ambulance service personnel will be honored during the second annual Recognition Night Service set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Memorial Baptist Church, 2680 Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley. Participating in the interfaith service will be clergy from churches and synagogues in Huntingdon Valley. Special commendations will be awarded to retiring Police Officers Joseph Dixey for 27 years' service and Donald Hessing for 30 years' service.
June 18, 2006 |
Arthur Caplan is chairman of the department of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Yo. Whassup? Has youse heard dat Geno's Steaks in Sout Philly got a sign up dat sez you gotta order in English to get a steak? Dat's right - if youse ain't sayin "wit wiz" or "widout," den you ain't no Merican and shunt get a cheesesteak, much less a hoagie. Well, dat sign shd stay. Dey din take down the sign at Chink's Steaks, an dey shun take diss one down needa.