June 5, 2016 |
Erika Totten doesn't really remember the car crash. She recalls leaving her friend's house in Pennsylvania with her 2-year-old twins in the back of the car and heading back to her home in North Hanover, N.J. She vaguely remembers feeling a little confused, and a little lost. But the next thing she knew, she had run the car into a ditch, the police and ambulance arrived, and she was on her way to the hospital. No one was hurt. But the accident wasn't really a surprise. Totten had developed Type 1 diabetes at 21 after a severe case of mononucleosis that might have wiped out her insulin-producing beta cells.
February 2, 2015 |
Scott Snyder hopes to thank the person whose pancreas and kidney have helped him stay alive for the last decade. "This is where I'll start to lose it," he says softly, pausing to regain his composure. "I think about my donor every day. " Snyder, 61, underwent double-organ transplant surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden on Jan. 28, 2005. Since then, he has welcomed two grandchildren, retired after 30 years of teaching industrial arts at Eastern Regional High School, and partially restored the 19th-century Lindenwold home where we sit down to talk.
October 4, 2013 |
A MURAL at 68th and Wyncote avenues in West Oak Lane depicts a group of determined drug warriors gathering to fight the dealers. Look carefully and you'll see a little pigtailed girl of 7 standing with her father, looking just as determined. The little girl was Sherrill Lynn Nash, proudly marching with her father, Joseph Nash, to rid their neighborhood of the scourge of drugs. All her life, Sherrill had the grit and drive of the true fighter, not only against drugs but also in her own life, refusing to let serious physical disabilities keep her from living to the fullest.
August 11, 2012 |
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
June 19, 2012 |
A company in West Chester has completed the first human clinical trials of its artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetics. Researchers from Animas Corp. presented the results at last week's American Diabetes Association Conference in Philadelphia. Thirteen diabetics unable to produce their own insulin used their artificial pancreas for about 20 hours with no adverse events. While the technology is widely viewed as the "holy grail" for type 1 diabetics, it's still a long way off. "I wish I could give you a time frame — two years, four years, a decade," said Henry Anhalt, Animas' chief medical officer.
June 3, 2009 |
In late April, when the cancer that had invaded Bill Jackson's pancreas spread, DeSean Jackson had his father relocated from Long Beach, Calif., to Philadelphia. From peewee football through DeSean's tenure at the University of California, Bill Jackson was a staple at his son's games. However, after DeSean, a wide receiver, was drafted by the Eagles last year, the bicoastal travel prevented the elder Jackson from attending most of the games during his son's breakout rookie season.
June 6, 2003 |
The last of eight former Philadelphia inspectors convicted of taking cash from plumbers was sentenced yesterday, escaping three years behind bars because federal prisons could not provide medical care for his recent double organ transplant. Instead, former inspector Stephen Rachuba, 41, will spend the next 12 months confined to his Castor home, allowed outside only for medical visits. "We have no desire to do anything to cause you worse health problems," U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker told Rachuba.
November 20, 2000 |
Doug Shriver's third gift to Faith Taylor-Carlin arrived at 11:20 a.m. last Monday, eight years after the Gettysburg, Pa., man died in a car crash. At that moment, obstetrician Frank Craparo pulled 5-pound, 14-ounce Elizabeth Alexis Carlin from her mother's belly. She was bloody and almost eggplant-purple but healthy enough to unleash a robust yell. Dad Alex Carlin counted 10 fingers the size of daisy petals and 10 tiny toes and quickly established that his black-haired daughter looked normal.
April 16, 2000 |
The 8-month-old boy lay in his Philadelphia hospital bed one day last week, peaceful, his grandmother dripping food into a stomach tube hanging from lines tied to the bedposts. This is how the child will have to be fed back in his own country, because no one there can service an automatic feeding pump. Yesterday, a successful 12-week sojourn to repair Zachariah Garib's pancreas and save his life ended when Zachariah returned to his village in Guyana, on the northeastern coast of South America.
July 26, 1999 |
Glancing at Charlotte, a 250-pound Swedish pot-bellied pig, "Hammlet" mused: "To kiss or not to kiss, that is the question. " It wasn't quite Shakespeare. But Hammlet, a.k.a. Dr. Bruce Stark, wasn't dressed in a black suit, frilly collar and pig snout to pay homage to the Bard. He was out to promote diabetes awareness. "This is to educate the public that diabetes is a dangerous disease," Stark said at Brandywine Picnic Park at yesterday's start to the inaugural KISS-A-PIG fund drive.