July 27, 2014 |
Patients with heart failure engage in a delicate balancing act all year round, taking care not to drink too much liquid because the weakened heart muscle cannot cope with excess fluid. But what is a person supposed to do during those blast-furnace days of July and August? Perspiration depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes, such as potassium, that are needed for proper heart function. The patient, who is typically also taking a diuretic to excrete excess fluid, then feels the need to drink more water.
July 13, 2014 |
Just seven years from now, pancreatic cancer is projected to become this country's second-leading cancer killer, surpassed only by lung cancer and claiming 48,000 lives a year - nearly the population of Harrisburg. Now No. 4, pancreas cancer will climb in the ranking partly by becoming more common, but mostly because it is ferociously difficult to detect and treat, according to an analysis by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "The dramatic increase in the anticipated number of deaths . . . is a wake-up call to the research and health-care systems in the United States," senior author Lynn M. Matrisian, a molecular biologist, wrote last month in the journal Cancer Research.
July 8, 2014 |
Inflation is making a comeback - although the Federal Reserve doesn't think so - prompting us to determine how we might hedge against it, or benefit from rising prices. Witness higher prices everywhere: at the grocery for meat and coffee, at the gasoline pump, rents, even health care. Invest in companies that benefit from rising prices, such as exchange-traded funds Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO) that correspond to the price and yield of the Market Vectors Global Agribusiness Index.
July 3, 2014
FOR ALL their innovation, American craft brewers are starting to grow stale. Over-hopped beers? Yeah, they were novel . . . about 15 years ago. Now everyone brews a double IPA. Wacky flavors? Used to be we couldn't wait for pumpkin beer each autumn. Now, because there are so many of them competing for shelf space, the pumpkin season starts in two weeks and you'll be sick of them by Labor Day. Barrel-aged beer? Because it takes months and years to properly age and blend beer, barrel-aged beer was once a rarity.
June 12, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES have lost 14 of 21 games since Cliff Lee last threw a baseball, thereby removing any doubt about how they should proceed to handle the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. If they need a reminder of the potential cost of waiting, there sits Lee. The veteran lefthander has not thrown a baseball in 23 days. He is close to picking one up, his manager said yesterday. But that will mark only the halfway point in the process of getting him back on the mound. And so, the Phillies wait.
May 10, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER In the latest step toward a 10-year economic development strategy, Chester County government and business leaders are encouraging residents to visit a newly launched website and fill out a questionnaire about the direction the county should take. The strategy, called the VISTA 2025 initiative, is an effort to balance economic progress and the preservation of natural and historic resources, and is to guide future projects and spending. The plan will help the county maximize its assets and address its challenges, Commissioner Ryan Costello said.
May 1, 2014 |
Sunoco Pipeline L.P. said Tuesday that it was switching strategies in its effort to move Marcellus Shale products to Marcus Hook and avoid local zoning hurdles. The company said it was withdrawing an application for a controversial pumping station in Chester County on its cross-state pipeline called Mariner East. Instead, Sunoco is concentrating on getting the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to rule that it is a public utility corporation and therefore exempt from cumbersome local zoning.
April 18, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The man standing between Bernard Hopkins, a unification of light-heavyweight titles and a bout against Adonis Stevenson isn't your run-of-the-mill boxer. Beibut Shumenov lacks professional experience, sure, but the story of his path to Saturday's clash with a legend features no shortage of intrigue. Shumenov, 30, from Kazakhstan, speaks five languages and owns a law degree. He is his own trainer and was, for a time, his own promoter. It took him only 10 professional fights to claim a World Boxing Association belt, just 16 to get his shot at glory.
April 12, 2014 |
Stephen K. Klasko, who became chief executive of Thomas Jefferson University and its affiliated hospitals in September, doesn't mince words regarding the challenges faced by institutions like his. "The math doesn't make sense for urban academic medical centers," Klasko said in an interview Thursday. Medical-research funding is going down, government and private insurers are reducing reimbursements, and universities can't keep raising tuition. That's a dynamic that "has created a lot of the angst in town," Klasko said.
April 1, 2014 |
IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.