July 17, 2016 |
Adapted from an online discussion. Question: When I'm in an elevator and someone takes it to go up one floor, there's the occasional rude stare or snide comment. This really bothers me because I have friends with "invisible" disabilities that limit their use of the stairs. I want to speak up but am hesitant to do so to a stranger who just made a hostile remark and is sharing a confined elevator with me. Answer: Meh. Let these people stew in their own bile. Their getting gratuitously into other people's business isn't worth the brain space you've already devoted to getting into theirs.
March 20, 2016 |
A University of Pennsylvania research team has found a high incidence of an underappreciated problem in patients with multiple sclerosis: poor ability to identify tastes. Richard Doty, director of Penn's Smell and Taste Center, who led the study, said previous work found that people with the autoimmune disease had trouble with smell. Sense of smell can affect the ability to taste and enjoy food. However, the new study independently assessed the ability to identify bitter, sour, sweet and salty tastes.
January 25, 2015 |
The new Bancroft Neuro-Rehab Resnick Center, which will seek to help adults with brain injuries learn how to perform daily chores, opened Friday in Mount Laurel. The 18,000-square-foot facility will offer rehabilitation to people with neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, concussions, and stroke, according to the nonprofit center's announcement. It will also serve children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and help adults reenter the workforce.
December 23, 2014 |
ALEXIS MCKINNEY had strong empathy for people who she believed suffered from society's various inequities. She not only had empathy, she had the passion and drive to do something about it. Her focus was mainly on the problems of being African-American, but her embrace covered anyone she thought of as a victim. "She was very committed to the community," said her brother, Frederick B. Phillips, a prominent Washington-based psychologist and social worker. "She was very committed to those she felt had experienced negative impact from society.
April 28, 2014 |
As a closeted Temple University student in 1950, Edith Windsor could not have imagined the reception she would receive at her alma mater in 2014: an award for her activism; a standing ovation from a large, adoring crowd; a presentation from the mayor. Windsor, now 84, won the lawsuit that toppled the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and has been called the matriarch of the gay-rights movement. Sharp, stylish, trim, and funny, Windsor enjoyed every moment of her tribute at the university, including Mayor Nutter handing her a miniature, working Liberty Bell and proclaiming Saturday "Edie Windsor Day" in Philadelphia.
March 27, 2014 |
After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last spring, Laura Shepler lost her balance and ended up on the floor at least once a week. Once she tripped over her cane and crashed to the floor, cracking her fingers and tearing muscles in her shoulder. Now, she has a furry means of support always by her side. Her service dog, Pumpkin, used to be a family pet. Now, the 3-year-old golden retriever helps make Shepler's life easier by picking up items and using her body and the harness she wears to keep Shepler steady.
March 25, 2014 |
A few years ago, Mount Laurel School Superintendent Antoinette Rath heard a statistic quoted during a conference that pretty much blew her away: In the United States, there are more female truck drivers than female scientists. "I thought, 'Wow,' " Rath recalled. "It hit me between the eyes. " Back in her district, she checked on her own students. It seemed that as the girls went up in the years, their enthusiasm for science slacked off. In class, they participated less. So Rath, who will be honored for her achievements this week, started talking with her staff about how to make science more hands-on, more relevant, more - her word - "alive" for girls as well as boys.
November 28, 2013 |
Turmoil continues at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which this week tried to dispel a report of company expectations of a dramatic decline in profit for its best-selling drug, and last week was suggested to be a possible takeover target by other drugmakers. On Oct. 30, chief executive officer Jeremy Levin resigned after a dispute with the board of directors, which didn't seem to mind his departure. "In a low-interest-rate environment, Teva is now sitting in a very attractive position for an acquirer," Bernstein Research analyst Ronny Gal wrote in a recent note to clients.
November 24, 2013 |
She was supposed to be on her way to a neon-lit chapel where an Elvis impersonator waited to officiate at her wedding. Instead, the 27-year-old woman sat in a thin hospital gown on an examining table in a cold emergency room, anxiously waiting for news. A week before, she had gone to see her primary physician. She had been dealing with a series of strange symptoms over the summer. A curious, maddening itch. Achy joints from time to time. Vicious headaches that she supposed were like migraines, although she had never had them before.
November 6, 2013 |
Caring for a seriously ill family member is so all-consuming, Elissa Lewin says, that a person often "forgets to breathe. " That's breathe, as in stop , exhale , and relax - a stress-reducing, health-enhancing, mind-centering pause in the 24/7 flow of full-time caregiving. "Put your pinkie to your navel, and take a belly breath," Lewin, 59, says, as those of us seated around the table at the Colonial Inn at Smithville, Atlantic County, follow the leader. It's the second day of a "Respite Retreat for Men" sponsored by Nancy's House (nancys-house.org)