October 31, 2013 |
YEARLY trick-or-treat safety guides urge parents to keenly scan each candy wrapper to spot signs of hidden poisons or razor blades. But has any kid ever actually been hurt or killed by a nefarious neighbor's ricin-laced Snickers? Joel Best, a University of Delaware sociology and criminal-justice professor, found that the candy-coated threat is about as likely as real vampires and witches going door-to-door each Oct. 31. He has studied newspaper articles going back 25 years, looking for the sensational tale of a child collapsing after eating a handful of poison Skittles.
October 30, 2013 |
When Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore a year ago today, the wetlands-monitoring equipment of Tracy Quirk, an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University researcher, was in its path. If the storm washed everything away, two years of painstaking work - not to mention hours of slogging through marsh muck in hip waders to install the devices - would be compromised. She'd have to start over to get continuous, long-term data. The equipment, it turned out, did more than survive.
October 8, 2013 |
Robert J. Miller, 63, of Elkins Park, who created the Office for Research and Planning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and ran it for two decades, died Monday, Sept. 30, of cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospice. In 1990, Dr. Miller devised a system for the handling and collection of data about the archdiocese and drew up training documents so others could use it. It was a daunting task. The archdiocese had never had an official planning office, and the catchment area for data collection was huge, including parishes, schools, human service agencies, and other groups serving 1.4 million Catholics in the Philadelphia area.
September 27, 2013 |
If Congress does not pass funding legislation and much of the federal government shuts down Tuesday, scientific research and drug approvals will be among the activities curtailed or halted. The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are among the agencies whose functions are funded each year through 12 bills passed by lawmakers in Washington. In 1995, when the last government shutdown occurred because of similar Republican-Democratic discord, Congress had already passed the legislation funding the FDA, so the agency continued to operate.
September 20, 2013 |
Mary K. Dixon, 94, of Rosemont, who made scientific contributions as a medical researcher after conceding when her father discouraged her from being a nurse, died Friday, Sept. 13, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester of complications from a fall. A single, working woman at a time when that was unconventional, Miss Dixon reveled in being productive in the lab and in every stage of her life. After retiring, she volunteered at Bryn Mawr Hospital, comforting those with loved ones in surgery - her way of thanking God for pulling her through a bout of pancreatitis that was at first feared to be cancer.
August 28, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A central Pennsylvania man was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for his role in a years-long scheme involving illegal dog trafficking for medical research. Floyd Martin and his wife, Susan Martin, pleaded guilty in March in federal court for their role in fraudulently obtaining hundreds of pets for some of the nation's largest hospitals and research facilities over a five-year period. "You gamed the system not once but many times, wantonly, deliberately for great financial gain," said U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III told Floyd Martin during sentencing Monday.
August 26, 2013 |
"Hey, stud. Busy?" "Not really," Eiren Shuman, 27, coquettishly typed back in response to what he suspected was an automated message. "Sweet. I've been to the gym a lot, and it's made me really horny. " Some idle minutes later came another sext, asking whether Shuman wanted to view a key body part. He played along, just to prove his suspicion right. "Show me! Show me!" This service, called Grindr, is an app that gay and bisexual men use to hook up over the Internet.
August 20, 2013 |
Growing up in Media, Leigh Gallagher walked the oak-lined sidewalks of her Bowling Green neighborhood, roller-skated in the streets, and rode her decorated bicycle in the town's annual Fourth of July parade. Now an assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine, Gallagher makes frequent visits from Manhattan to her Delaware County hometown, which, with its 1920s restored theater, commuter trolley, and Main Street shops, remains "almost comically idyllic," she said. But according to the research in Gallagher's new book, The End of the Suburbs, Media has become something of a rarity: a community that still resembles what couples hope for when they move to the suburbs.
August 19, 2013 |
The handler led McBaine on a leash to the veterinarian, who extended her hand to show him a vial. "Seek!" the trainer ordered. If a dog is capable of thinking "whatever," then that's what the 9-month-old springer spaniel must have thought as he sniffed the bottle-cap-size vial and its contents. As soon as he did, trainer Annemarie DeAngelo heaped praise and gave him a chew toy for a brief game of tug-of-war. Within minutes on this recent morning at the University of Pennsylvania's Working Dog Center, McBaine knew the drill: Sniff the vial, sit, get rewarded.
August 18, 2013 |
Carly Sokach didn't have much interest in research. For her, it was simply an obligatory requirement for her to apply to medical school. But that changed this summer when the University of Pennsylvania rising junior began working on research that inspired her: She studied whether a questionnaire could tell doctors if a patient with ulcerative colitis was in remission, rather than resorting to a colonoscopy, an invasive procedure. She spent much of her time talking to patients who had the disease.