January 22, 2013 |
When a young child gets a cold - congestion, a sore throat, and runny nose, maybe with greenish goo - many parents head to the drugstore for a bottle of children's cold medicine. Don't bother. It's worth it to give children lots of fluid and acetaminophen or ibuprofen if they are uncomfortable. But research has repeatedly shown that cold medicines do not work for children younger than 6, and give only a negligible benefit for children 6 to 12. Parents in my pediatric practice typically express surprise - because these medications appear to work, though that's really just cold symptoms naturally waxing and waning throughout the day - and frustration that there isn't a medicine to just make the cold go away.
January 21, 2015 |
WHEN ADRIAN Rios arrived in Philadelphia nearly four years ago to begin his studies on the ivy-clad campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the East Los Angeles native was increasingly drawn to political issues, from the plight of Palestinians to a labor fight involving Penn's cafeteria workers. But most of his classmates stayed on the sidelines. That's why it was a life-altering experience - "exciting and nerve-racking," he recalls - last month when he found himself amid about 100 student protesters lying on the floor of a large, heated tent in a protest at Penn president Amy Gutmann's house.
June 23, 2011
Thirty-seven states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will share $40.75 million under a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. and subsidiary SB Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc. over allegations that some drugs were adulterated during faulty manufacturing processes at a plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico. Glaxo, which has major operations in the Philadelphia region, said it chose to settle the matter "to avoid the expense and uncertainty of protracted litigation and trial. " The company did not admit any wrongdoing.
August 16, 2012 |
TRENTON - Only 18 people have signed up for New Jersey's medical-marijuana registry, but advocates of the program say that's no surprise to them. The state Department of Health says that 44 patients have been declared eligible for the program, which began last Thursday, but as of Wednesday only 18 of them have signed up for permission to use the drug legally. Under the state's procedures, a patient can apply only after a physician has declared that he or she meets the qualifications.
February 15, 2014 |
CAMDEN The Camden that I encounter at the annual meeting of the Cooper's Ferry Partnership seems unfamiliar. Who are these people, I wonder as I walk around the Adventure Aquarium ballroom, where hundreds of professional folks are networking over small plates of chic eats. The theme of the event is "Rediscover Camden," and nowhere to be seen is the familiar Camden - the city cited in "worst" lists and luridly chronicled by visiting celebrity journalists. Instead, it's eds, meds, the new Campbell Soup campus, and more.
December 28, 2011
DEAR ABBY : My marriage has been on the rocks since 2008, when I caught my husband talking to other girls online. He swore he would never do it again and I trusted him, only for it to happen again and again. We have a 2- year-old and I'm pregnant with our second child. He has now placed another ad online stating that he's a single dad. I am torn. He keeps telling me he loves me and wants only me, and he doesn't know what's wrong with him. He is bipolar and not taking meds for it. He promised this time he will get help and try to get better.
March 22, 2016 |
The Health Care Innovation Accelerator Pitch Day staged by Penn Medicine was different from most start-up showcases. There seemed to be more at stake. You could almost hear the angst in the Jordan center auditorium last week as presenters addressed treatment issues, some verging on life and death, that harm patients and push America's health-care costs sky-high. So what ails the system? And what are the fixes? Pre-Op+ project presenter and anesthesiologist Marc Royo aims to change the down-to-the-wire nature of pre-screenings for patients with scheduled operations.
October 18, 2012
77,344 - Population in 2010 124,555 - Population in 1950 42.5 - Percentage of people living beneath the poverty line $21,191 - Median income for families in Camden 1 - Camden's rank among U.S. cities for lowest median income 9,523 - Total "eds and meds" jobs in the city, 2011 952 - Total "eds and meds" jobs held by city residents, 2011 3 - Number of mayors jailed for corruption since 1981 Sources: U.S Census Bureau, ...
July 11, 2014 |
A BRAZEN GUNMAN opened fire on a delivery driver early yesterday as the man dropped off medication at a North Philadelphia pharmacy, police said. Two nearby day-care centers briefly went into lockdown after the incident, which took place about 10:30 a.m. outside Wellness Pharmacy, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. The 41-year-old victim, whom police did not identify, was approached by the gunman, who picked a fight with him over the meds he was carrying and tried to steal them, O'Brien said.
December 12, 2008 |
Jesse Hill, a Vietnam vet with post-traumatic-stress disorder, waited more than five weeks for his mail-order prescriptions to arrive at his Levittown home. "I need these meds or I go off the wall," said Hill, 61, who had worked for the Postal Service more than 28 years when he had a stroke and became disabled. After a month without his meds, he said, "I'm screaming and cursing a lot. " In desperation, Hill turned to his doctor, who checked the Veterans Administration's computer, found the meds had been mailed Nov. 4, the same day they were prescribed, but they apparently had vanished.