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September 6, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
It's been four weeks since Shatara Gillette was released from a Philadelphia jail with five days' medication for her bipolar disorder. Her medical assistance still hasn't been activated, so it's been more than 20 days since she last took her medication. That has Gillette, 27, worried. "I feel OK for right now," she said, after a group meeting in August at Why Not Prosper, a residential program in Germantown for women leaving prison. She was sent there after 10 months in jail on a drug charge that's still pending; she's also facing charges from 2008 that have not been heard because she was repeatedly deemed incompetent to stand trial.
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June 20, 2012 | By Don Sapatkin and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The volunteers spend their days faxing, calling, copying, talking with people across a desk, filling out complex forms to get drug companies to give free medicines to people who cannot afford them. It may not sound like the most exciting volunteer work in Philadelphia, but this award-winning project does have an impact. Besides helping patients get lifesaving medicines, it saves the city about $2 million a year. A one-month supply of some drugs can cost from $300 to $500, so some patients "would have no other choice except to not take these medications and would have all the complications from their disease, and they would die from it eventually," said Yelena Galkin, an internal-medicine doctor who is clinical director of city Health Center 10 in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's sole medical marijuana dispensary closed this summer without warning, leaving registered patients with a tough choice. They would have to cope with severe nausea, muscle spasms, seizures and pain without the medication, or make a purchase underground, risking arrest. "It's very frustrating for patients, even tragic," said Roseanne Scotti, director of the New Jersey Drug Policy Alliance, a research group that advocates for the legalization of marijuana. "Many say, thank God for the illegal market.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bioterrorist attack has exposed a swath of Philadelphia to anthrax and thousands of residents need antibiotics to try to ward off the deadly bacterial infection. That scenario was part of Saturday's training session for nearly 200 new volunteers with the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps. "Imagine 20,000 Philadelphians coming through here, getting medications" for anthrax, said physician Steve Alles, standing in the gymnasium of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where the training exercise was held.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn't had a drink in a week. And his hands - on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of frostbite - "looked like something out of Halloween . " The worker sat down. "She said, 'I know you from somewhere,' " recalled Tiller, 61. They started tossing out names from the Southwest Philadelphia community where both had lived.
SPORTS
October 13, 2011 | Associated Press
BOSTON - As the Boston Red Sox disintegrated in what would become the worst September collapse in baseball history, some at Fenway Park grew concerned that the pain medication Terry Francona was taking after a half-dozen procedures on his knee was affecting his ability to manage, according to a report in the Boston Globe. In a 2,500-word, front-page article headlined, "Inside the Collapse," the newspaper spread the blame on all sides: apathetic players eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games; a general manager who squandered a $161 million budget on underperformers; ownership that thought players could be bought off with $300 headphones and a party on John Henry's 164-foot yacht, "Iroquois.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Standing amid the lunchtime crush at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last week was a gray-haired man in deck shoes and a fleece vest, animatedly pitching an unusual - and illegal - product. Like a street-corner preacher, Sen. Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon) was bringing his message to the people - in his case thousands of voters he hopes will pressure their representatives to support his bill to legalize medical marijuana. Folmer stops anyone who will listen, alternately delivering a rant against Big Pharma - which he blames for holding up federal approval of medical cannabis - and smiling at wise-cracking visitors who ask, "Any free samples?"
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A bill that would let victims of post-traumatic stress disorder use medical marijuana passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday. An identical bill was approved by the Assembly on June 16, so the measure now awaits Gov. Christie's consideration. "Veterans - especially post-9/11 veterans - are the group most affected by PTSD," Sen. Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic) said in a release. "The VA has stated that it wants each veteran to find the medication with the least amount of side effects that allows them the optimum level of independence.
SPORTS
August 29, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the morning of Sunday, March 16, 2014, John Moffitt woke on the floor of a Chicago holding cell, his mouth bloody, his memory blank. The catalysts for his reckless night had still been swimming through his bloodstream when police had locked him in the cell with 40 other men, having arrested him on charges of battery and drug possession after Moffitt, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing more than 300 pounds, had tussled with a bouncer at a nightclub called...
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A judge declared a mistrial late Wednesday night after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of a Chester County lawyer accused of killing his 92-year-old father by withholding medical care. Edward J. O'Brien III, 60, a lawyer from West Whiteland Township, was charged with third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment in the 2013 death of his father, Edward J. Jr. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon and continued for more than eight hours before declaring an impasse.
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NEWS
September 18, 2016 | By Mark Kaplan, For The Inquirer
After an active Sunday spent with his family, Bob Murken started feeling lousy. He assumed he was coming down with the flu that his son had a few weeks earlier. He went to bed, shivering with chills, figuring a night's sleep would help. But in the morning, he felt worse. He was achy, weak, and his fever was climbing. He took Tylenol, drank water to stay hydrated and hoped his illness would be short-lived. Murken, director of legislative affairs for Mayor Kenney, was a key part of the soda tax initiative and hearings were set to begin before City Council.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Gov. Christie, surprising skeptics, on Wednesday approved a bill that will allow people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana when conventional treatments fail. Patients and their advocates had lobbied for the bill for more than a year, citing statistics that show military veterans with PTSD have a high rate of suicide. "I'm ecstatic, I'm happily surprised, I'm going to go get my card," said Don Karpowich, 57, an Air Force special operations veteran from Morristown with PTSD who has attended several demonstrations at the Statehouse over the last year to push for the bill.
NEWS
September 6, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
It's been four weeks since Shatara Gillette was released from a Philadelphia jail with five days' medication for her bipolar disorder. Her medical assistance still hasn't been activated, so it's been more than 20 days since she last took her medication. That has Gillette, 27, worried. "I feel OK for right now," she said, after a group meeting in August at Why Not Prosper, a residential program in Germantown for women leaving prison. She was sent there after 10 months in jail on a drug charge that's still pending; she's also facing charges from 2008 that have not been heard because she was repeatedly deemed incompetent to stand trial.
NEWS
September 6, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Unlike at many hospitals, the medical team at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's surgical intensive care unit has embraced the idea of including families in physician rounds. That helps families form realistic expectations and helps the staff get to know patients who are often too sick to talk, said Daniel Holena, a Penn surgeon who specializes in critical care, trauma, and emergency surgery. But distance and work responsibilities can make it difficult for some family members to be physically in the hospital when teams discuss patients.
NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By David Becker, For The Inquirer
After she sprained her right wrist, Emily's elbow hurt her for months. The 27-year-old graduate student could not grip things properly, and her right arm, her dominant arm, was becoming increasingly weak. She went to an orthopedic surgeon in Miami, who explained that she needed surgery to allow her ulnar nerve to begin to function properly again. After the procedure in December 2014, initially everything looked great. Several months later, the same elbow began to hurt again, it was painful even to write or type, and the surgical area began to turn a darker color.
NEWS
September 2, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A marijuana-infused lotion is expected to go on sale in New Jersey within about a week. It will be the first cannabis product beyond raw buds and flowers available to registered medical marijuana patients in the state. The development comes three years after medical marijuana dispensaries began seeking state approval to manufacture a variety of products. Compassionate Sciences Inc., a dispensary located in an industrial park in Bellmawr, Camden County, obtained permission from the state Health Department on Friday to produce a cannabis lotion and lozenges, according to the dispensary.
NEWS
August 29, 2016 | By Allan B. Schwartz, For The Inquirer
Editor's note: In this presidential election year, Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Drexel University College of Medicine, offers a different kind of Medical Mystery, looking at the health of U.S. presidents. Earlier articles in this series are on the "Check Up" blog at philly.com/checkup.   As the U.S. Senate was debating President Woodrow Wilson's cherished Treaty of Versailles in the aftermath of World War I, Wilson knew his chances of success were slim.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2016 | By Chad Terhune, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
A surprising ingredient - infant gas-relief drops - may be contributing to the contamination of medical scopes nationwide and putting more patients at risk of infection, according to a small but provocative study. Researchers in Minnesota unexpectedly found cloudy, white fluid inside several colonoscopes and gastroscopes after they had been disinfected and deemed ready for use on the next patient. Further analysis revealed the fluid contained simethicone, the main ingredient in over-the-counter anti-gas medications available at grocery stores and pharmacies.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Joan Capuzzi, For The Inquirer
Built like a well-muscled torpedo, Tyson was a typical boxer - all 70 pounds of him. But last fall, he began to experience profuse diarrhea. Despite a ravenous appetite, his weight melted off. The 7-year-old's energetic wiggle gave way to a constant tremble. "He was a big soccer player, but he didn't even want to do that anymore. He just wanted to lie around," recalled his owner, Alyssa Maule, of Levittown. In October, she brought him to her veterinarian, who detected back pain.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The regulations that will govern Pennsylvania's nascent medical-marijuana industry are quickly taking shape. The state released a draft of the rules Thursday that all aspiring cannabis growers and processors will have to follow to win - and keep - one of 25 potentially lucrative permits. Gov. Wolf signed the medical-marijuana bill into law in April. Patients with one of 17 medical conditions expect to be able to buy state-approved cannabis by 2018. The draft regulations - more than 90 pages of them - define how Pennsylvania marijuana should be cultivated, protected, and tracked.
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