October 1, 2015 |
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty among America's 10 biggest cities, an examination of federal data by The Inquirer shows. The city is already the poorest in that group. Deep poverty is measured as income of 50 percent or less of the poverty rate. A family of four living in deep poverty takes in $12,000 or less annually, half the poverty rate of $24,000 for a family that size. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.3 percent, or around 186,000 people - 60,000 of whom are children, an examination of the newly released U.S. Census 2014 American Community Survey shows.
September 27, 2015 |
Learning that a teen has depression can be terrifying for a parent. Consider that 8 percent of high school students try to kill themselves at least once over the course of a year, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, a new analysis of data in the respected journal BMJ last week found that Paxil, one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants, is ineffective and even harmful for treating major depression in adolescents. The new findings are in contrast to the original study from 2001.
April 23, 2015 |
Six years ago, a 21-year-old Gettysburg College senior named Kevin Schaeffer, from outside Reading, spent the evening with Amy Butcher, a close friend and fellow senior from Telford, Bucks County. They drank at a bar, and talked about their impending graduation and what would come next. He walked her back to her apartment. Then, he went home and stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Emily Silverstein, 27 times. Now, Butcher, 28, an assistant professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, has written a memoir, Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press)
September 26, 2014 |
Already the poorest big city in America, Philadelphia also has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.2 percent, or nearly 185,000 people, including about 60,000 children. That's almost twice the U.S. deep-poverty rate of 6.3 percent. Camden's deep-poverty rate of 20 percent is more than three times the national mark, but its population is a fraction of Philadelphia's.
August 18, 2014 |
A dark depression dogged Donnie Moore when, in 1989, the star-crossed reliever, recently released, put a bullet in his brain. Eighty-two years earlier, Chick Stahl, a .307 lifetime hitter in 10 big-league seasons, ingested a fatal dose of poison in his Indiana hotel room. And it was during a 1940 road trip to Boston when Cincinnati Reds catcher Willard Hershberger sliced his jugular with a razor. Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.
April 17, 2014
STARS struggle with their weight just like, well, just like normal folk. The difference is, celebrities take a real beating in the press for their highly publicized ups and downs. When I think about Kirstie Alley, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Valerie Bertinelli, and perhaps the most famous of all, Oprah, I think of the many lessons these courageous women have taught me about the highs and lows of weight loss. I suppose that when stress piles up, celebrities - just like the rest of us - use food for comfort.
February 20, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - As Steven Holcomb's competitive resumé grows, so does his legend. Bobsledders around the world must be wondering if there's anything capable of slowing down the top U.S. pilot. Legal blindness? No problem, Holcomb found a Beverly Hills doctor with a magic cure. Severe depression? He battled and beat that too. The hurdle on Monday night, though painful, was minor by comparison but just as capable of derailing his Olympic ambitions. And of course, Holcomb overcame it too, teaming with Steve Langton for a historic bronze medal in the two-man bobsled finals at the 2014 Winter Games.
September 30, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Election Day is five weeks away, and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) remains out of sight. It's an absence, both from his job in Congress and his campaign, that's starting to test patience in his Chicago hometown. More than three months have passed since Jackson, 47, first elected in 1995, dropped out of public sight. It was later revealed that he was hospitalized for severe depression and gastrointestinal problems. There have been few updates on his condition and no hard answers to questions about his future.
April 9, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: When I was 13, I would cut myself. I stopped around 15 after an attempted overdose that didn't work. I did it because my parents were stressed due to money problems and ignored me or yelled at me a lot. I was also bullied in school. Suddenly, in the last week, I have begun binge eating. I see no hope for my life or my future. I wake up wanting to go back to sleep or overdose. My wrists have throbbed at the thought of wanting to cut again, and last night I had a dream of jumping off a building.
June 7, 2009 |
A hobbled, retired NFL football player is addicted to painkillers. A doctor who has worked closely with the NFL Players Association said the union recognizes that the cycle - first the pain, then the addiction - has become all too familiar among retirees. "It's a violent sport ... and you can put a lot of work into muscles, but you can't strengthen bones and tendons," said Sidney Schnoll, a doctor and former University of Pennsylvania professor who has consulted with NFL teams as well as the players' union.