April 25, 2002
Gov. Schweiker made a wise decision last week. He said Pennsylvania will accept the federal government's offer of free potassium iodide pills to protect citizens in the event of an accidental radiation release. Potassium iodide - or KI as it's known to chemists - is a safe, over-the-counter drug with proven benefits in preventing the thyroid cancer and thyroid disease that can develop years after radiation exposure. In the event of a nuclear power plant attack or accident, KI pills, taken quickly, are able to block the human thyroid from absorbing dangerous radioactive iodide.
March 2, 2002
Here's a primer on potassium iodide, brought to you as a public service since state health and emergency agencies are mum on the topic. Potassium iodide (or KI as it's known to chemists) is essentially a salt - the same beneficial stuff used to iodize table salt. Potassium iodide has another use, one with life-and-death implications. In the event of a nuclear accident or attack, a dose or two of it will protect people - especially small children and unborn babies - from getting thyroid cancer.
July 22, 1999 |
Jerry Weiss has been gardening all his life. But yesterday he needed a little help in the yard - and he got it. For about six years, Weiss, 52, has had thyroid cancer, which has spread to his pelvic bone, making heavy physical exertion painful and potentially dangerous. The gardens in the front and back of his rowhouse on Terrace Avenue - his pride and joy for years - had grown out of control and been overrun with weeds, with Weiss unable to tend to them. He asked workers from Samaritan Hospice, a nonprofit service specializing in care for people with terminal illness, to find someone to clean up the gardens, so he could nurture the healthy plants on his own. And when Camden County Freeholder Laurelle Cummings, who volunteers at Samaritan, heard about the request, she put the service in touch with groups that volunteer throughout the county.
November 13, 1994 |
Harold R. Kay, 47, a surgeon and medical professor who pioneered new surgical treatments for heart disease, died yesterday of thyroid cancer at his home in Wynnewood. Though he had been ill for more than four years, Dr. Kay remained active in his medical practice until a month ago. In addition to his medical practice, he was a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. At age 25, he had battled successfully against Hodgkin's disease.
January 8, 2000 |
Dr. Charles Levan Hoffmeier, 85, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, died Monday at the Brittany Pointe Estates retirement community in Upper Gwynedd Township. He had been treated for thyroid cancer for a year. Dr. Hoffmeier retired six years ago after almost 50 years of practice, primarily at Frankford Hospital. A native of Somerset, Pa., he graduated from what was then Collegiate Academy in York, Pa., in 1933, and became the third generation of his family to graduate from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1937.
February 13, 2012
Patricia Stephens Due, 72, whose belief that, as she put it, "ordinary people can do extraordinary things" propelled her to leadership in the civil rights movement, died Tuesday in Smyrna, Ga. The cause was thyroid cancer, her daughter Johnita Due said. At 13, Patricia Stephens challenged Jim Crow orthodoxy by trying to use the "whites only" window at a Dairy Queen. As a college student, she led demonstrations to integrate lunch counters, theaters, and swimming pools and was repeatedly arrested.
July 16, 2010 |
Robert J. Rossheim, 85, of Society Hill, a pioneering computer programmer, died of complications from thyroid cancer Monday, July 12, at home. Mr. Rossheim graduated from William Penn Charter School. During World War II he served in the Navy aboard the destroyer John W. Weeks in the Pacific. In November 1945, when his ship was on escort duty in Tokyo Bay, he observed the devastation of Hiroshima while on leave. After his discharge, Mr. Rossheim earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.
April 12, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Water Department announced yesterday that it is enhancing its testing procedures and reviewing treatment technology after federal environmental officials found radioactive iodine in the city's drinking water. The level of Iodine-131 found at the Queen Lane treatment plant is the highest of 23 sites in 13 states where the particles have appeared following the massive radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Lower levels were found at the city's two other plants.
March 18, 2011 |
Although the Japanese nuclear emergency is unfolding more than 6,000 miles away, it has caused some who live near Pennsylvania's Limerick Generating Station to check their medicine cabinets for something they hope they'll never need: potassium iodide tablets. The pills temporarily block the impact of radioactive iodine - one of the forms of radiation released in a nuclear meltdown - and the Montgomery County Health Department had given out 13,000 of them this week as of midday Thursday.
May 24, 2013 |
For nearly three decades, Denise Logsdon's dream of a college diploma has been at war with the realities of marriage, motherhood, and medical problems. After graduating from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1985, Logsdon was cruising toward a degree in political science at Vanderbilt University when she left after 21/2 years for a brief marriage to a military man that produced her now-22-year-old son, Nicholas. When Nicholas was 11, Logsdon was on the brink of going back to school when her son shattered his femur in a life-threatening playground accident - requiring four surgeries and a mother's constant love and attention.