April 10, 2016 |
Posthumous single by the "undefeated, unblemished, underrated" late A Tribe Called Quest rapper is a beyond-the-grave collaboration with producer J Dilla, who died in 2006. Partial proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association and National Kidney Foundation.
March 20, 2016
More than 300 supporters of the National Kidney Foundation came out March 10 for the Kidney Ball, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Honored for their dedication to combating kidney disease were Joseph Cosgrove, president and CEO of Pentec Health, with the Leadership in Business Award; nephrologist Robert Benz of Lankenau Medical Center, with the Excellence in Care Award; volunteer Tina Wilson, with the Community Leadership Award; and Philadelphia native and rapper Freeway, with the Patient Advocacy Award.
June 9, 2015
ISSUE | MEDICAL RECORDS Quack criticism If President Obama developed a cure for cancer, Charles Krauthammer would attack him for exceeding his authority as president and hurting the careers of oncologists ("From doctor to provider," June 1). In Krauthammer's flawed criticism of electronic medical record keeping, he cites one study that showed family physicians spend on average 48 minutes a day doing documentation. But a family doctor can see anywhere from 20 to 30 patients a day and work from eight to 10 hours.
January 18, 2015 |
Karen Theressa Murphy, 61, of Lansdowne, a medical administrator, died at home Thursday, Jan. 8, after a long battle with frontotemporal degeneration, a form of dementia. In 2011, Ms. Murphy donated a kidney to her son-in-law James Rowan, whose previous transplant had been rejected. The kidney was successfully transplanted, creating a special bond between the two. "It was one of the proudest, most gratifying moments of her life," said daughter Theressa Creighton. Ms. Murphy was born at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The oldest of six children, she grew up throughout the United States and in Japan.
January 14, 2015 |
One hundred thousand Americans are waiting for kidney transplants. Wesley Adams is but one of them. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the 26-year-old Blackwood man rises at 3:30 a.m. By 4:10, he's on the Access Link van. By 4:45, he's at DaVita Dialysis in Pennsauken. By 5 a.m., he's ready for the first shift in the dialysis chair, where he will sit for four hours. Adams is the youngest of 120 dialysis patients at DaVita, and among the youngest in America. If he does not receive a kidney transplant by August, he will have completed four years of dialysis.
August 29, 2014 |
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
August 13, 2014 |
Costa N. Calliagas, 77, of Philadelphia, a bridge painter and sandwich shop owner, died Saturday, Aug. 9, of complications from a kidney disease in Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital. A native of Greece, Mr. Calliagas arrived in Philadelphia in 1964. He moved to Wilmington, where he worked as a dishwasher and then a bridge painter on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. "On the new portion of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, he was the first one to reach the top," said his son, Nicholas. Mr. Calliagas opened a produce business, followed by a series of submarine sandwich shops in Wilmington.
June 14, 2014 |
Harry Baker, 87, former owner of Franklin Unit Exchange at Second Street and Susquehanna Avenue, died of kidney failure Wednesday, June 11, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker, a 60-year resident of Cherry Hill, was president of a philanthropic organization there, Brith Shalom Lodge, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his son, Brian, said. Most recently, Mr. Baker was a member of Congregation M'Kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker was the second generation to run the exchange, which "dealt with rebuilding of starters and generators and alternators" for cars and trucks, his son said.
November 18, 2013 |
First of two parts. On Monday, the day before her surgery to donate a kidney to a stranger, Theresa Welsh had butterflies, and paused really for the first time. Was she crazy? At 55, the Haddonfield pediatrician planned to give up her left kidney in the morning to start a kidney chain, a new phenomenon in medicine. Her donation would trigger a chain reaction of giving: Five people with kidney failure, each gravely ill, would receive a transplanted kidney, restarting their lives.
March 5, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I always knew high blood pressure ran in my family, but I never realized that it could cause kidney disease. Because I felt healthy, I hadn't worried about my "borderline" hypertension. Turns out, my kidneys were silently being damaged. I have since made lifestyle changes to control my blood pressure and prevent further damage. These include daily exercise and cutting back on salt, sweets and fast food. March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn their risk factors for kidney disease and to get their kidneys checked with a simple urine and blood test.