August 23, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: For health reasons, I had been walking during my lunch break at work. That ended last summer when someone unleashed his dog between his house and his car. The dog saw me on the sidewalk, charged, jumped on me and bit me. Thankfully, I put my arm up, so it only got my arm, but now I'm terrified to walk outside for fear of being attacked again. The bite was nothing compared to the trauma. I'm afraid the fear will be with me for the rest of my life. No one thinks their dog would hurt someone, but I learned the hard way it's not always true.
July 10, 2016 |
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
February 26, 2016 |
It was around 3 p.m. on the first day of school last year when Lindenwold crossing guard Carol Saler spotted ninth grader Galilea Leiva preparing to cross Gibbsboro Road carrying tennis rackets. As Saler made her way into the middle of the street to halt traffic, she noticed that a car was not stopping. She knew she had to act quickly. She pushed the girl out of the car's path, but was struck herself, suffering whiplash and bruising, and requiring months of physical therapy. On Wednesday evening, at a Borough Council meeting, Lindenwold officials commended the 54-year-old for her bravery.
January 22, 2016 |
THEY SAY most people grow up more during their college years than at any other time of their life. Penn senior Jamal Lewis is one of those examples. Just not for any of the usual reasons. Like a lot of student-athletes who matriculate to West Philly, he had things he wanted to accomplish that involved both basketball and his future. Yet never could he have foreseen a journey where the singular objective at one point was to keep on living. "I think I'm completely different now," the 6-foot guard said.
January 10, 2016 |
Entering the treatment room at Temple University Hospital, Arnold Carlton looked at the mirror placed along the floor and had the usual reaction. "I said, 'That's not going to work,' " Carlton recalled recently, sitting in a wheelchair in the visitor lounge with the stump of his amputated left leg propped up on the seat. "I never heard of anybody doing that. " Eric Altschuler, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the hospital, was used to the skepticism.
December 15, 2015 |
People who got joint replacements only a few years ago might be surprised by what happens now after patients get their new hips and knees. Now that new payment schemes encourage surgeons and hospitals to pay more attention to the cost and effectiveness of the care patients get when they leave the hospital, postsurgical rehab has become a target for cuts. Where - and how - joint-replacement patients get physical therapy is changing rapidly. Far fewer are going to inpatient facilities for rehab.
July 28, 2015 |
The newest building at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will open its doors Monday, providing a state-of-the-art outpatient facility for the body and a roof garden for the soul. The 12-story Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, the most expensive building project in Children's history, will cost $425 million, with an additional $175 million needed for equipment. The glass-lined building, streaked with primary colors, sits on Civic Center Boulevard, across the street and just south of the main hospital.
April 8, 2015 |
If you're considering surgery for back pain, a new study suggests you first should try physical therapy, which is both less risky and less costly. The University of Pittsburgh study found that surgery and physical therapy were equally helpful for lumbar spinal stenosis, a common condition in older people that makes walking painful. It is the latest of numerous studies to question whether Americans get too much back surgery. It also raises questions about financial incentives.
October 30, 2014 |
Kaitlyn McFadden and Jules Blank were not accustomed to the feeling. McFadden and Blank, members of the Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team, stood on the sideline as their teammates warmed up. They later stood in a line with the other Ragdolls and clapped as the starting lineups were announced over the loudspeaker, and they sat on the bench as the team played Catholic League opponents. McFadden, a senior defender, and Blank, a junior forward, sure weren't familiar with sitting back and watching, but over nine days in the middle of the season, they did just that.
September 21, 2014 |
Doctors at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children had been talking for quite a while about better coordinating medical care and the social-service help so many of their patients in North Philadelphia need. CEO Carolyn Jackson got behind the idea in January 2012 after a young stepfather shot four teens who were involved in a dispute with his children. One of the wounded teens drove with the other three to St. Christopher's. Three of the victims died. "All four of those boys had been cared for at St. Christopher's since birth," Jackson said.