June 24, 2015 |
Once a week for more than a decade, Robert L. Powell Jr. went to art classes at the Haddonfield Adult School. And until the last few weeks of this spring semester, he took classes in watercolor painting with Gwynn Walker Di Pilla. "A lot of his pictures were for his children and his grandchildren," Di Pilla said, including his final work, an incomplete still life of flowers for the youngest, 6-month-old Emily Ford. "I will finish it up for him," she said. Painting was a refuge from Parkinson's disease, she said, because "when he painted, he did not shake at all. " On Friday, June 19, Mr. Powell, 69, of Haddon Heights, who retired three years ago as a professor of business studies at what is now Rowan College at Gloucester County, died of complications of Parkinson's disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
October 24, 2014 |
William T. Pfeffer, 65, of Somerdale, who owned and operated Chatham Communications, a telephone services firm in Bellmawr, from 1981 until it was sold in 2007, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday, Oct. 16, at his home. Born in Camden, Mr. Pfeffer graduated from Collingswood High School in 1967, where he won medals while on the wrestling team, daughter Jennifer Campbell said. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Pfeffer was a lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. in the 1970s, she said.
October 8, 2014 |
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is suing a Camden nonprofit, saying it compromised nearly 26,000 research tubes when a freezer door was left open in March. The tubes of blood and other fluids were stored at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research along Haddon Avenue, and would have been used to study the causes of Parkinson's disease, according to the lawsuit. It was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Fox's foundation, according to the suit, signed two contracts - one in 2010, the other 2011 - worth a combined $4.3 million to store the tubes at Coriell.
September 17, 2014 |
"TOP CHEF" VICTOR Nick Elmi is set to fight Parkinson's disease under the banner "Team Elmi's Dads. " The name, he admitted, makes him giggle a little bit. "It looks like I was raised by two dads," said Elmi, the owner of South Philly's Laurel (1617 E. Passyunk Ave.). Elmi is instead referring to his dad and his stepfather, both of whom suffer from Parkinson's disease. Elmi and his restaurant employees plan to walk in Moving Day: A Walk to Stamp Out Parkinson's on Oct. 11 (go to movingdayphilly.org )
August 25, 2014 |
Even before they are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, many patients suffer from depression and anxiety. These psychiatric problems may actually be early symptoms of what many see as primarily a movement disorder, said Daniel Weintraub, a Penn Medicine geriatric psychiatrist, who studies the psychiatric and cognitive complications of Parkinson's. "People with a midlife history of depression or anxiety," he said, "are at subsequent increased risk of developing Parkinson's. " Over the last 10 years, Weintraub said, researchers have placed increasing emphasis on "nonmotor" aspects of the disorder, which is best known for causing tremors.
July 12, 2014 |
The Rev. Robert Nelson McIntyre, 89, of Doylestown, a pastor in the Reformed Episcopal Church, died Thursday, July 3, of Parkinson's disease at his home. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Northeast High School in 1942 and attended Philadelphia College of the Bible and Temple University. He graduated from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary in 1956. Mr. McIntyre joined the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific. His military discharge papers show that he trained at various naval stations before being assigned to a flight crew.
April 28, 2014 |
Parkinson's patient Lori Katz, 60, is whipping a jump rope around her head as she calls out words beginning with the letter B. At the ready nearby: a heavy weight bag that Katz will attack later in her workout - before donning boxing gloves to match mitts with her physical therapist, Joellyn Fox. "Go, go, go!" Fox screams as Katz nimbly steps from one set of colored circles to the next, landing punches against her therapist's gloved hands. "Orange! Green! Red!" Fox is a whirling dervish of energy and encouragement.
March 27, 2014 |
Bruce S. Parkinson 86, of Audubon, a longtime golfer and tournament official, who volunteered his services during the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, died Friday, March 21, of complications from a metabolic disorder at Lankenau Hospital. A Golf Association of Philadelphia volunteer for nearly four decades, Mr. Parkinson would be out weekends officiating in tournaments for players at all skill levels. In 2009, the group honored him for his service with the Distinguished Service Award. In June 2013, he was captain of the marshals for the 14th hole during the U.S. Open in Merion.
March 24, 2014 |
Her three sisters brought her to the emergency room at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. For the last month she had been having increasing problems with thinking and she could no longer walk on her own. One month before, she was living independently with her daughter in Virginia, but now she looked to her sisters a lot like their elderly mother who died a few years ago of Alzheimer's disease. How could this happen almost overnight? In the emergency room, her vital signs were normal and she could tell the doctors the right place, month, and year.
October 11, 2013 |
QR Pharma is a five-year-old start-up company based in Berwyn, but the young firm has been able to connect with well-known people and groups as it seeks funding to make drugs to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In 2012, QR Pharma got $468,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to explore a compound called Posiphen as a potential treatment for Parkinson's. This grant is for work that will be led by Robert Nussbaum of the University of California, San Francisco, and Jack T. Rogers, an associate professor of psychiatry at the genetics and aging research unit of Massachusetts General Hospital.