May 15, 2016 |
A 49-year-old woman arrived at the Temple University Hospital emergency room complaining of difficulty breathing, light-headedness when walking, and worsening swelling in her legs. Her breathing was so labored that she had to be examined in a wheelchair. Her medical history included a prior stroke and a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with pulmonary embolism (PE). Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in one or multiple veins deep in the body, most commonly in the legs.
May 9, 2016 |
Doug Black Jr. clambered up a 14-foot wall, vaulted over hurdles, and leaped off an 11-foot ledge, somersaulting into a pit filled with foam cubes. The gym session, part of his preparation to qualify for the TV show American Ninja Warrior , was hard, sweaty work. Not so long ago, it would have been impossible. The Port Richmond resident suffered from a rare condition that robbed him of his sense of balance, caused severe nausea, and gave him a painfully amped-up sense of hearing, to the point that he could hear his own heartbeat.
May 5, 2016 |
Prospect Medical Holdings Inc.'s deal to buy Crozer-Keystone Health System calls for the California company to change virtually nothing about the operations of the financially beleaguered Delaware County system for five years. What happens after that is a big worry for nurses, community activists, and public officials who testified at a hearing Wednesday on the sale of the tax-exempt Crozer, which traces its roots to the 1893 founding of Chester Hospital, to Prospect. Mitchell Lew, president of Prospect, which is based in Los Angeles and has 14 hospitals in California, Texas, Rhode Island, and New Jersey, offered assurance that the company would be committed to the community.
May 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a hard time differentiating between enabling and helping my sister. Throughout her adult life, even while she was married, she has never been able to make ends meet. She's single now and in her 50s, a hardworking but underemployed, depressed individual. I have a good job and I feel guilty if I don't help her each month. (She doesn't ask but drops enough hints that I know things aren't going well.) I have suggested repeatedly that she needs to find a better job. I even send her job leads, but I'm not sure she ever applies.
May 2, 2016 |
Let me tell you about a young woman who came to me for a psychological evaluation and quietly cried throughout. She was 16 and lovely in every way. Smart. Polite. Cared about school and earned good grades. On a varsity sports team. Well-liked by her friends. Treasured by her family. Adored by any grown-up who met her, including me. As I said, lovely. And she was absolutely miserable. Christina, as I will call her here, couldn't say why she was so desperately unhappy, and this inability only seemed to make her cry more.
April 24, 2016 |
A woman in her 50s went to her family doctor with a variety of symptoms that could have indicated any number of conditions. She had shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, nausea, stomach pains, dizziness, and fatigue. Her doctor, noting that she also was significantly overweight and out of shape, believed she was suffering from asthma, and prescribed asthma and antinausea medications. Still, the symptoms persisted for several months. Looking for an answer, the woman went to both a respiratory specialist and digestive specialist, but neither offered treatments that helped her. Finally, one of her doctors, on the theory that she might have a heart problem, sent her to my office.
April 22, 2016 |
The law signed by Gov. Wolf on Sunday legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania provides for an ambitious set of research programs to track how the drug works on the 17 health conditions listed in the law. But investigations are already underway, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society held a telephone conference Wednesday to discuss recent scientific findings. Many doctors remain dubious of pot's health benefits and are wary of the politics driving legalization. But the evidence of its effectiveness in some conditions is slowly mounting.
April 19, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Hundreds of cheering families, legislators and patients watched Gov. Wolf sign a medical marijuana bill into law Sunday afternoon, many hopeful at last for relief from debilitating pain, seizures and other medical conditions. Allie Delp watched from her mother's lap, purple sunglasses strapped around her wide blue eyes to protect them from the light. Large crowds are tough for Allie. The 4-year-old suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe seizure disorder, and most days she stays in the dimly lit, cool comforts of her home to avoid triggers.
April 17, 2016 |
The number of potentially deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes is far higher than what federal officials previously estimated, a new congressional investigation shows. As many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities in the U.S. and worldwide were infected or exposed to tainted gastrointestinal scopes from Jan. 1, 2010, to Oct. 31, 2015, according to the Food and Drug Administration. A separate Senate investigation released in January found 250 scope-related infections at 25 hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and Europe.
April 13, 2016
Both houses of Pennsylvania's legislature have belatedly voted to take the merciful and pragmatic step of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The trouble is that, particularly in the House, lawmakers couldn't resist saddling the measure with overwrought restrictions reminiscent of the Rube Goldberg bureaucracy the state still imposes on another once-prohibited drug, alcohol. The state Senate can either substantially improve the legislation, which would require reapproval by the lower chamber, or largely accept it, getting the measure to Gov. Wolf's desk as quickly as possible and leaving major changes for another time.