April 1, 2016 |
Giving former inmates with histories of addiction monthly injections of a medication that blocks the effects of opioids cuts relapse rates by a third, according to research at five medical centers. Release from prison is among the riskiest times for former addicts, with the loss in physical tolerance and behavioral control so common that often "they relapse the same day," said Charles P. O'Brien, senior author of the study and founding director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Studies of Addiction.
March 24, 2016 |
John T. Magee, 85, of Haverford, a physician who was born at Bryn Mawr Hospital and worked there for 37 years, died Wednesday, March 16, at the institution he considered a second home. As word spread of Dr. Magee's death from respiratory failure, hospital spokeswoman Bridget Therriault released a statement honoring the calm and kindly doctor. "It was at Bryn Mawr Hospital that Dr. Magee came into this world, and it was also here that he took his last breath 85 years later," she wrote.
March 19, 2016
By Donte L. Hickman Recently, I had a conversation with a leading pastor about what is necessary to shift the trends and transform the urban centers of America. He shocked me by saying that he believes poverty is not the root cause of gang violence, substance abuse, and lethargy among some in the black community today - lack of faith is. He began to highlight our own individual upbringings in abject poverty and argued that he and I obviously were able to choose positive paths of productivity.
March 15, 2016
"I have greatly sinned ... in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. " - From the Confiteor, a prayer said during the Penitential Act during a Roman Catholic Mass By Thomas P. Murt In Western Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown knowingly protected priests who were known child molesters, according to a grand jury report. The diocese, the report continued, through church connections and pathetic public officials, protected the child-molesting priests from law enforcement and prosecution.
February 4, 2016
By Cynthia Reilly In a political climate in which the two major parties don't always see eye to eye, one issue is bringing them together: Republicans and Democrats agree that we must address the tragedy of prescription drug abuse. With 44 people dying every day from overdoses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and similar opioid pain relievers, there is growing awareness that misuse of these drugs can affect almost anyone. Presidential hopefuls on both sides of the aisle have told personal stories about the terrible toll this epidemic has taken on family, friends, and colleagues, and some have proposed detailed policies to address prevention and treatment of abuse.
February 3, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike should have been closed Behind the chaos of 500 motorists stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 24 hours in last month's blizzard is a fundamental question: Why did otherwise intelligent people put their lives at risk ("On turnpike, a blizzard of questions," Sunday)? Why did universities and businesses send their students and employees into the dangerous storm? And why did the Turnpike Commission not close the highway? Washington closed its Metro system from Friday evening through Sunday night.
February 1, 2016 |
Don't blame suicide and substance abuse entirely for rising death rates among middle-aged white Americans, asserts a new study out Friday. They're both factors, but the bigger culprit is almost two decades of stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death - such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease - according to a Commonwealth Fund analysis of data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fund studied actual and expected death rates, and causes of death, for working-age adults from 1968 through 2014.
January 11, 2016 |
Brian O'Neill's plate was already full in 2011 when an assistant interrupted a meeting to ask whether he'd take a phone call from the wife of a high school friend. The King of Prussia-based developer was enmeshed in the financial crisis, trying to work himself out of a hole that included being ordered to repay $64 million in loans for a pair of local projects. But he didn't hesitate to take the call. That's when he learned that "Francis" had just bottomed out. His 52-year-old friend had been on an alcohol- and drug-induced downward spiral for several years.
December 27, 2015 |
Officially, Friday was a holiday for state employees. But for Loren Robinson, Pennsylvania's deputy secretary for health promotion and disease prevention, that just meant working a double shift. Robinson, 34, moonlights as an overnight physician at Abington-Lansdale Hospital. And, as has been her tradition for a decade, it was a hospital Christmas: She worked from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m., with a six-hour break for a nap and a plate of cafeteria turkey and mashed potatoes. The way the South Philadelphia resident sees it, it's the best and highest use of her holiday.