February 22, 2015 |
A 60-year-old smoker came to my office complaining of pain in his right leg for the last five years. He described it as "tightness" in the front of his thigh that would come on after walking five blocks or less. When he stopped to rest, the pain went away in about a minute, but over time it had been gradually increasing in severity. There was no pain or discomfort in either foot or lower leg, nor in the left thigh. He was taking a statin medication to lower his cholesterol, but nothing else.
June 9, 2014 |
For several years, Sylvia Gentry noticed that her husband, Louis, was behaving oddly, but she didn't suspect he might have a brain disease. Their saga began about 10 years ago. He left the table midway through dinner with guests he'd liked for 30 years - they were boring, he told her. One Thanksgiving, he threw an artificial log in the fireplace, still wrapped in plastic. Oddest of all, he began to cross social boundaries. He'd ask embarrassing questions and hug strangers. He became overly flirtatious with young women.
May 3, 2014 |
William W. Wilson, 97, a neurologist and psychiatrist, died Sunday, April 27, of cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Wilson graduated from William Penn Charter School, Princeton University in 1938, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine four years later. He interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia General Hospital. From 1943 to 1947, he was a Navy flight surgeon deployed to the South Pacific.
July 26, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of poisoning his neurologist wife with a supplement she apparently thought would help them have a baby was arrested yesterday in West Virginia, authorities said. Dr. Robert Ferrante laced an energy supplement with cyanide and gave it to Dr. Autumn Klein, a neurologist at the university's medical school, hours after they exchanged text messages about how the supplement could help them conceive, according to a police complaint unsealed yesterday.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is about to take another significant step toward better in-game diagnosis of concussions. Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, said at a news conference Thursday the league will have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during games starting next season. This season, the league put a certified trainer up in the booth during games to help with concussion diagnosis. It also installed replay monitors on the sideline for use by team training and medical staffs to review injuries.
December 3, 2012 |
Hallucinations By Oliver Sacks Alfred A. Knopf. 352 pp. $26.95 --- Popular science becomes more intense, more engaging, and more profound when provided by a true expert. It is rare, indeed, when such an expert is also a talented writer. Psychiatrist and neurologist Oliver Sacks is that unique scientific raconteur, with a spellbinding gift for recording the experiences of his own patients and collecting remarkable personal anecdotes from colleagues, correspondents, and the literature.
August 23, 2012 |
In June, the National Assembly of Ecuador gave Donald Silberberg, an emeritus professor of neurology at the University Pennsylvania medical school, its highest scientific award, the first such honor for an American. The Vicente Rocafuerte medal was given in recognition of Silberberg's efforts over two decades to enhance medical education and improve patient care for neurological and psychiatric conditions in Ecuador as well as around the world. "I was honored and really pleased," Silberberg said in his office recently.
May 6, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the former Soviet Union leader, a UCLA neurologist said Friday. Dr. Harry Vinters and Russian historian Lev Lurie reviewed Lenin's records Friday for an annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference that examines the death of famous figures. The conference is held yearly at the school, where researchers in the past have reexamined the diagnoses of figures including King Tut, Christopher Columbus, Simon Bolivar, and Abraham Lincoln.
January 17, 2012
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will meet with a specialist this week because of lingering concussionlike symptoms. Crosby hasn't played since Dec. 5 following a recurrence of the symptoms that sidelined him for more than 10 months last year. The team said Crosby will work with chiropractic neurologist Ted Carrick, who treated Crosby for similar symptoms last summer. The 24-year-old star skated with his teammates for the first time in more than a month on Friday, a first step in what could be another long comeback.
May 20, 2011 |
B. Franklin Diamond, 69, of Rydal, a neurologist, died of a stroke Tuesday, May 17, at Abington Memorial Hospital, where he had established the first accredited Acute Care Stroke Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Diamond, who established the center in 1998, had recently developed, with the Montgomery County Second Alarmers Rescue Squad, an innovative stroke protocol. The protocol was used when the rescue squad arrived at Dr. Diamond's home. It assures that stroke patients receive immediate treatment when they reach the hospital.