August 21, 2016 |
Laura Katz Olson taught health-care policy for decades at Lehigh University and could rattle off the ins and outs of Medicare and Social Security. But none of that prepared her for caring for her mother, Dorothy Katz, a Senior Olympics medal winner who developed Parkinson's disease. Thrust into a long-distance caregiving role, Olson, 71, began grueling travel between Pennsylvania and Florida. Her mother's health failed with each passing visit. "At first, I was convinced she could 'age in place,' as they say," Olson said.
June 13, 2016 |
Second in a series. Read part one here . My right thumb has developed a mind of its own. Quite without warning it began to beat a rat-a-tat-tat drum solo. I watched, fascinated. Could I will it to cease? No. Could I make it speed up. To my delight, yes. It held me enthralled. It seemed to be contagious, spreading through the hand and then jumping over to the other hand, as though doing backflips. Amazing, absolutely amazing. I was so absorbed that I never thought to think it might be something dangerous.
June 6, 2016 |
AS THE hushed sounds of a choir singing Chinese folk songs drifted in from an adjacent space, Yao Huang sat on a hard chair, lifting and stamping his feet at a senior center in Chinatown. Julia Wood, an occupational therapist, sat facing her audience of about 12 elderly Asian Americans with Parkinson's disease. "We're going to be using seated exercises taken from Tai Chi and yoga," Wood said. An interpreter, David Lee, translated her English words into Cantonese. When prompted, Huang, 75, chanted "om" along with others in the Parkinson's support group that meets at the On Lok Senior Services Center, on 10th Street near Race.
May 21, 2016
By Jonathan A. Segal A new North Carolina law, House Bill 2, more officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, has created a firestorm of controversy. In sum, the law includes a requirement that individuals in North Carolina use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender of birth and not the gender with which they identify. Further, no city may enact an ordinance to the contrary. The feds have sued North Carolina, and North Carolina has sued the feds, with a focus on the impact of the law on transgender people as well as those who may share bathrooms with them.
April 21, 2016 |
Specialists have long suspected that symptoms progressed more slowly in Parkinson's disease patients whose main problem was tremors, rather than walking or balance. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection among a genetic variation, tremors, and slower progression of the disease. The information does not yet explain why some patients have a better course, but it may lead to more precise, individually targeted treatments and more accurate information for patients.
April 7, 2016 |
Vickie and Jack Farber, longtime supporters of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, are giving the Center City institution $20 million to expand the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience. The institute, which was founded in 2002 with a $10 million lead gift from the Farber Family Foundation, will unite Jefferson's departments of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and neuroscience, said Robert Rosenwasser, president of the institute. "It breaks down the silos that exist in every university and every medical center," said Rosenwasser, who also is chair of neurological surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.
February 1, 2016 |
When he was captain of the track team at La Salle College, in the decade when the international four-minute mile was broken in 1954, Edward McCabe's best time as a miler was 4 minutes, 17 seconds, his family said. Mr. McCabe was prominent enough that in 1957, he competed in a 1,000-meter race at an invitational event at Madison Square Garden. But his family seemed proudest that in 1980, when he was 46, his racing history qualified him for the Boston Marathon. "He did not have a good race," his daughter, Mary McCabe, said, but he was legitimate enough that "he had run two marathons to qualify.
January 15, 2016 |
These days, if you want to impress your food-obsessed friends from New York with the culinary prowess of Philadelphia, you'd have no trouble dropping five figures on a ridiculously elaborate dinner at any one of this city's fine restaurants. But you might be surprised to hear that same boast was made by a group of well-to-do food enthusiasts from Philadelphia in 1851, and the bill from the resulting meal was in the same ballpark: between $1,000 and $1,500 (or between $29,000 and $47,000 today, depending on how inflation is calculated)
September 12, 2015 |
When Ed Sasinowski came home from Vietnam, he quickly left the war behind. He jumped so swiftly into civilian life - selling office supplies to some of Philadelphia's largest employers - that he didn't bother to collect a Bronze Star for courage or a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound. He was busy. He married Deborah Smith, who said they were "soul mates," and had three children. They moved to Huntingdon Valley and then to Maple Glen. And he cofounded the firm Xtec, providing office copiers to a client base of people who had become his friends.
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.