November 11, 1993 |
Ten days before her daughter's Ritalin prescription expired, Amy Fratz embarked on a hunt for a refill. She had been alerted that the medication might be tough to find. Before she was done, she had called 55 pharmacies in South Jersey. Only one had enough Ritalin for her child, who suffers from mood swings and lack of concentration and self-control without it. Fratz is just one of thousands of parents across the nation who are scrambling to find the medicine, now prescribed for roughly 425,000 children with attention-deficit disorders.
April 6, 1994 |
People who suffer the mood swings of manic-depression may be helped by an anti-epilepsy drug. Researchers at the University of Texas say the divalproex sodium is the first effective treatment for manic-depression's "up" side. Manic-depressives suffer mood swings that vary from extreme depression to euphoric elation. The euphoria causes temperamental outbursts, delusions, hypersexuality and insomnia. Led by Dr. Charles Bowden, head of biological psychiatry at the university's Health Science Center in San Antonio, researchers found divalproex sodium helped 48 percent of the manic-depressives who received it during testing.
October 12, 1993 |
SAN FRANCISCO HORMONE PATCH TO TREAT MEN Alza Corp., of Palo Alto, Calif., the company that pioneered the development of the $1.4 billion a year transdermal patch business, said yesterday it had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin selling its Testoderm patch to treat men who suffer from a serious deficiency of the male hormone testosterone. Although some may be wondering why the world needs more of a hormone that many associate with male aggressiveness, the Alza patch actually is designed to minimize mood swings among men who suffer from a relatively rare medical condition known as hypogonadism.
March 10, 2013 |
Friends and family of Bailey O'Neill gathered Saturday to bid goodbye to the 12-year-old Collingdale resident, who died last week after being placed into a medically induced coma. During an emotional funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Parish in Collingdale, family members described Bailey as sweet and good-natured, a smart boy who loved his family and the Philadelphia Phillies. He had been placed in a coma after his nose was broken in what his parents have called a bullying incident on Jan. 10. Two weeks later -- after experiencing mood swings, memory problems and eventually seizures -- he was put into a medically induced coma at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, and then moved to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
October 29, 1994 |
You should hear a pin drop during the Adagietto of the Mahler Fifth Symphony, which was almost the case at the Academy of Music last night when the Philadelphia Orchestra played it under Christoph Eschenbach. You should hear a pin drop because this is music of utter stillness; certainly at the beginning with a handful of violas sustaining the melody, and underneath a harp lappingat its harmonies. This is music so impressionistic and austere, for a moment or two you might think you're in the middle of Debussy, not Gustav Mahler.
July 24, 1994 |
Patty Sheehan and Tammie Green are familiar with Helen Alfredsson's emotional demeanor on the golf course, and they say that approach is not necessarily a detriment to Alfredsson's chances of winning the U.S. Women's Open. Sheehan and Green, a pair of relaxed LPGA veterans, held the first two places after yesterday's third round, while Alfredsson slipped from a 5-stroke lead to a 2-shot deficit. "I really don't know that that makes a big difference," said Green, who trails Sheehan by 1 shot.
August 12, 1986 |
Loren Lasky was elated about the birth of her baby. She was so happy, that she cried - a lot. "Everything was overwhelming at the time," said the 33-year-old mother as she patted her now-8-month-old son, Andrew Eilbert. "I would be outrageously happy, and two seconds later, I would be crying," said Lasky, who uses her maiden name. Lasky's extreme mood swings are part of a mental state - transitory postpartum depression - that affects more than three-fourths of all new mothers, researcher Ruth York said.
April 11, 1991 |
To the Yahoos out in Oregon who've organized the Male Pre-Menstrual Victims Association, we Yo! Hos! here in Philadelphia respectfully say, Phooey on you. According to press reports, dues-paying members of the MPMVA are parading around the Pacific Northwest in T-shirts proclaiming, "If women suffered PMS in silence, there would be no male victims. " Their noble leader, one Charlie Erland, maintains that the mood swings associated with women's menstrual cycles are a real hardship for men. Well, suffer this, Charlie.
January 18, 2013
AS WE WATCH this year's NFL playoffs unfold, we wonder who among the star players will win a Super Bowl, who will enter the Hall of Fame . . . and who among them will commit suicide before age 50. A grisly question, but a fair one. Last week, the National Institutes of Health revealed that one of the NFL's all-time greats, Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy - CTE - the degenerative, sometimes-fatal brain...
November 17, 2001 |
Brad Mehldau plays jazz piano with the sensibility of a painter. He rarely attacks anything hard, the way some of his brethren do, to demand attention. Instead, he flicks at his melodies, dabbing here and there, brushing the keys to leave the faintest of impressions. His lines scurry and sneak around corners, and when he's finished with one of his long, dream-sequence phrases, it may not be possible to recall every twist in the path, but you know you just visited someplace beautiful.