June 30, 2013 |
A 36-year-old Bucks County murder mystery remains unsolved because DNA tests on the prime suspect conducted this year came back inconclusive, authorities said Friday. The DNA belonged to Harry Ritterson, uncle of Shaun Ritterson, a 20-year-old whose gutted torso was found dumped on the side of Buckingham Mountain in June 1977. Harry Ritterson came under renewed scrutiny last year after the Bucks County Courier Times ran a series reexamining the decades-old slaying. Long considered a suspect, he gave statements to the newspaper that seemed to contradict what he told police after the killing, and authorities renewed their investigation with him as the prime suspect.
June 14, 2013
FATHER'S DAY U.S. Open Experience So, you didn't get him a ticket to Merion. Let him watch on the big screen, practice his putts and pick up some merch at this AmEx-sponsored outdoor event. It's practically the same thing, sorta. Independence Mall, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, free, usopen.com. Gary Papa Run It's been four years since Philly lost this beloved sportscaster, but his memory lives on in this 11th-annual 5K run-walk (and 1-mile fun walk), which, as always, raises funds to promote awareness of prostate cancer.
May 12, 2013 |
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
May 9, 2013 |
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it. The new test, which goes on sale Wednesday, joins another one that recently came on the market. Both analyze multiple genes in a biopsy sample and give a score for aggressiveness, similar to tests used now for certain breast and colon cancers. Doctors say tests like these have the potential to curb a major problem in cancer care - overtreatment.
April 24, 2013
THE MUSHROOM has yet to take center stage on the American plate, but it should. Its many varieties are full of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium and selenium. They can help you lose weight (send me an email and I'll tell you more), boost your immune system and fight cancer! Here are five to try: 1WHITE Button, cremini and portobello mushrooms are pretty familiar to most of us, but you may not know that they help stabilize blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Their high level of selenium helps prevent prostate cancer.
April 13, 2013
Taliban storms Afghan outpost KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban militants stormed an Afghan army outpost on Friday, killing more than a dozen soldiers in an area that is a major infiltration route for insurgents crossing the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Taliban fighters are stepping up their attacks this spring, analysts say, as they try to position themselves for power ahead of national elections and the planned withdrawal of most U.S. and other foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
April 4, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are truly No. 1 when it comes to the adventurous new world of urinal gaming. The IronPigs have created a video game that has what they call the "only truly hands-free urinal game controller. " It doesn't take much to be a whiz at this game, which is featured in the men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park. The new game likely won't hurt the sales of beverages, since the extra fluids will give the participants staying power. "These games are sure to make a huge splash," quipped IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes, who has labeled them "The X-Stream Games.
April 2, 2013 |
As if it weren't bad enough to lose your hair, a University of Pennsylvania researcher has added a medical reason to worry about what seems to be a cosmetic problem. She found a connection between baldness and prostate cancer in African American men. Other studies have examined whether bald men - mostly white bald men - are at higher risk. Some studies suggested a relationship, but the results are not clear-cut. Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, a Penn epidemiologist, decided to focus on African American men because they have a 50 to 60 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men and are twice as likely to die of it. The study compared 318 African American men with prostate cancer to 219 healthy African American controls.
March 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday. It is the latest mega-collaboration to learn more about the intricate mechanisms that lead to cancer. And while the headway seems significant in many ways, the potential payoff for ordinary people is mostly this: Someday there may be genetic tests that help identify women with the most to gain from mammograms, and men who could benefit most from PSA tests and prostate biopsies.
March 16, 2013 |
Mitchell Wesley Melton, 69, a former Pennsylvania legislator and cofounder of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, died Monday, March 11, of prostate cancer at Nazareth Hospital. Mr. Melton lived in Chestnut Hill. Known to friends as "Mitch," Mr. Melton was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from the Philadelphia public schools, and earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in education by 1978 from Antioch University. Mr. Melton started out as an insurance agent, writ server, and Democratic committeeman, but he made his name when he was elected in 1968 to the state House of Representatives.