June 21, 2013 |
The organic-foods industry is no longer going gangbusters, as it did before the U.S. economy collapsed five years ago. But despite the slowdown, Albert's Organics Inc., a national distributor of produce and other perishables based in Logan Township, still outgrew its distribution center there in the last couple of years. The organic and natural-foods market is "still growing in the strong single to double digits. People are continuing to want to eat healthier," Albert's president Scott Dennis said Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting for a 70,000-square-foot distribution center and headquarters at the Gloucester County site.
June 19, 2013 |
The Longwood Gardens organ wraps itself around you like a huge smile with more sets of teeth than you ever imagined. Take care to pull the right knobs, and this treasure chest of near-orchestral sounds will take care of you. But what is it that distinguishes a promising organ practitioner from a prizewinning one? That's the challenge posed by the first Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in Kennett Square, which begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Ten young contestants - from New Zealand, Germany, France, South Korea, and elsewhere - compete for a $40,000 prize in a format far more complicated than your typical violin or piano competition.
June 12, 2013 |
After weeks of pleas from the family of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square, the organization that sets national organ-transplant policy voted late Monday to temporarily improve children's access to adolescent and adult donor lungs, despite criticizing a federal judge for doing the same thing for her. The executive committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network met to consider whether children under 12 were being treated...
June 2, 2013 |
Following what she called "intense interest" in the case of a 10-year-old girl who is waiting for a lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asked Friday for a review of the nation's lung allocation policy. She also is seeking "new approaches for promoting pediatric and adolescent organ donation. " HHS oversees the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which sets organ allocation rules.
May 31, 2013 |
Two Pennsylvania Republicans - U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan and Sen. Pat Toomey - have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to bypass organ allocation rules and help a 10-year-old Newtown Square girl get a lung transplant. The federal agency oversees the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which determines how donated organs will be rationed. The parents of Sarah Murnaghan, who has cystic fibrosis and has been on the transplant list for 18 months, went public with their daughter's plight last week.
May 10, 2013
J ULIE EBNER, 46, of 11th Street near Green in North Philly, owns Juju Salon & Spa in Queen Village. The Temple grad started a small, organic hair salon in 2005. Four years later, she launched a website offering all-natural, plant-based products. Ebner, a divorcee, has two daughters, ages 9 and 11 . Q: How did you come up with the idea for the business? A: I was a paralegal and also worked in salons. I felt like the environment in most salons was toxic. The interiors were boring and not what a stylist wanted.
April 23, 2013 |
Following a concerted effort by New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission to ask every customer about organ donation, the number of registered donors in the state shot up last year. The number of people who registered as donors at MVC offices rose from 626,857 in 2011 to 713,702 in 2012, up 14 percent. In total, the number of registered donors in New Jersey went up by 4.5 percent during that time period to 2.4 million. The numbers were highlighted Thursday at a news conference at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, which performs organ transplants.
April 16, 2013 |
Several news organizations led by Bloomberg News are protesting the exclusion of the news media from a two-day conference sponsored by the Nutter administration to stimulate investor interest in the city's municipal bonds. The Inquirer has joined the protest, signing a letter to Nutter that criticizes the city for refusing to let reporters attend the conference, scheduled to begin Thursday at the Comcast Center. "In our view, when the City of Philadelphia speaks to investors about the issuance of public bonds and the city's fiscal condition, that's important public business," Inquirer editor William K. Marimow said.
April 13, 2013 |
With the coming of spring, thoughts turn to yard sales - those events in which one set of Americans buys the stuff another set no longer wants for more or less than the retail price. Other than some buying tips - make sure you have enough room to store your new acquisitions, and confirm that your spouse is on board with it - I have nothing to say about hosting. So I'll defer to the folks at First Alert, who appear to know how to do this correctly. Time it right. Many neighborhoods schedule an annual date for all homes and neighbors to participate and will promote the date on your behalf.
April 12, 2013 |
A gunshot victim whose kidneys, pancreas, heart and liver were transplanted into four recipients transmitted an uncommon parasite to several of them, health officials reported Thursday, suggesting that new screening guidelines may be needed. The infection apparently involved patients at Temple University Hospital and Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. The parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis , is found mainly in and around the tropics, and no national guidelines recommend screening donors, according to the investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.