August 17, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Now that my daughter is 1, I went to see a therapist for help. She diagnosed me with postpartum depression. Honestly, it's a huge relief. Three years ago, I got the same diagnosis (my son is 4 now). Back then (and now), I was treated with cognitive therapy and antidepressants. Back then (and I hope now, too), I was happy and "on my own" after eight months. Everything good, right? Except that my mother is a therapist and is highly against meds.
July 28, 2016 |
A few years ago, Mount St. Joseph Academy graduate Chierika Ukogu contacted the Nigerian Olympic Committee, asking to represent the country in Rio in 2016 in a rowing event. There was no response. "Just emailing them and telling them, 'Hey, I want to do this,' meant nothing," said Ukogu, who had rowed competitively as part of teams in high school and at Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. "They ignored me because I didn't have a plan. " So Ukogu, a dual citizen of the U.S. and the western African nation, made a plan.
June 29, 2016 |
The University of the Sciences on Monday named the founding dean of Camden's Cooper Medical School of Rowan University as its 25th president. Paul Katz, 68, a physician who specializes in rheumatology and has spent more than 40 years in health care and higher education, will take over at the West Philadelphia university on Sept. 1. He replaces Kathleen R. Mayes, interim leader since Helen F. Giles-Gee resigned in December 2014, 21/2 years into her presidency. "I have enormous respect for Paul," said Marvin Samson, the school's board chairman.
June 20, 2016 |
Third in a series. Read part one and part two here. The secret to having a long life, a doctor once told me, is choosing your parents very carefully. He wasn't kidding. Diet? Of course. Exercise? Who doesn't know that? Avoid stress? Well, duh. Don't smoke? Well, double duh. But for a gold-plated pass through the Pearly Gates, nothing beats having a flourishing family tree whose roots, generation after generation, are flush with a robust DNA that is passed faithfully along.
June 16, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are seeking a man and his getaway driver in the theft of a a package containing baby medicine from outside a home last week in the Burholme section of Northeast Philadelphia. The man probably didn't know what was inside. The package had been delivered by Amazon.com and was left on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Montour Street. Besides baby meds, it contained baby clothes. The theft occurred about 1 p.m. June 6, police said. The home's surveillance video captured the two men pulling up in a two-door car in front of the house.
June 13, 2016 |
Roy Rosin spent a decade in Silicon Valley as innovation boss at Intuit (which makes TurboTax and Quicken software), then headed east five years ago to start as chief innovation officer for Penn 's $5 billion-a-year medical complex. That's a fancy way of saying he finds ways to use software and gadgets to cut costs and boost patient results, working with University of Pennsylvania medical, nursing, engineering, and Wharton scholars, dominant local insurer Independence Blue Cross , and neighborhood investors looking to bet on sexy start-ups.
May 13, 2016 |
As a researcher who raised concerns about what antipsychotics can do to the brain, Nancy Andreasen emphasized one message Wednesday in talks with Episcopal Hospital's psychiatric staff and students: The drugs are still worth using in people with schizophrenia, but should be used as sparingly as possible, especially in children and the elderly. "It doesn't mean that we shouldn't be using antipsychotics," said Andreasen, chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
May 5, 2016 |
Long after undergoing bypass surgery, a substantial number of patients fail to take a daily aspirin or statins, raising the risk of dangerous blood clots and heart attacks, a new study finds. In a group of 381 patients who came in for a diagnostic catheterization at least three years after a bypass procedure, barely half were taking both statins and aspirin, according to the research, led by Thomas Jefferson University. The rest - 48 percent of the group - had active prescriptions for just one of the two medicines, or neither.
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.
March 19, 2016 |
One year after Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized and reportedly near death, his supporters are reviving a petition demanding that prison officials give him medicine that could cure his hepatitis C infection. "Urgent: Mumia is incredibly sick" reads the subject line of an email from Prison Radio, a group of Abu-Jamal supporters, urging readers to sign the petition that Abu-Jamal's brother Keith Cook began circulating last April. This time, however, the emails don't seem linked to an imminent health crisis affecting the killer of Police Officer Daniel J. Faulkner, but to an awaited ruling by a federal judge in Scranton on Abu-Jamal's access to anti-hepatitis drugs.