November 4, 1988 |
ALCOHOL I. Liver transplants for alcoholics with cirrhosis may help such patients stay off drink, largely because of the trauma of the operation. Of 35 alcoholics who received transplants after cirrhosis had damaged their livers, only two returned to heavy drinking, doctors at the University of Pittsburgh report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They claim such results weaken the objection that giving an alcoholic a liver transplant is a futile gesture and a waste of an organ.
January 8, 2004 |
Charlie Easton, 13, is an eighth grader who practices karate, and you wouldn't know from looking at him that six years ago he was dying. Despite two grueling rounds of chemotherapy, the Monmouth County boy was suffering a second relapse of leukemia. "Things were not looking very good," said his father, Charles. "But at least we knew we had a course of action. " That course was for doctors in Minnesota to transplant blood from his newborn brother's umbilical cord into Charlie.
February 24, 2000
The word cloning immediately brings on a wave of emotionality. And if one speaks of human cloning, emotionality threatens to outstrip all bounds.. . . A somewhat different discussion concerns the possibility of someday producing tissues, organ parts and entire human organs.. . . [S]ome assert that this would be possible only through the production of individuals who would serve as "reservoirs" for organs, tissues or other transplants. . ..The fact is that this isn't true. Biologists are learning to produce animal tissues and organs from stem cells.
October 9, 1994 |
Occasionally, an isolated event forces Italians to pull off the fast lane of life in their rich and beautiful but sometimes violent country and search their national soul. So it was with the killing of Nicholas Green, a 7-year-old boy from Bodega Bay, Calif., shot by bandits as his family drove along a desolate stretch of highway in Italy's southern Calabria region. It was not so much Nicholas' tragic death that jarred Italians, many of whom have come to accept violence as part of daily life.
August 11, 1995 |
A nation is held in thrall as the end of the O.J. Simpson trial finally draws near. But here in southwestern Colorado, where Sleeping Ute Mesa stands guard over the Montezuma Valley, the saga of Orenthal James Simpson seems to be less an attraction or distraction - and even more sordid - for reasons perhaps not easily understood by media-saturated East Coasters. Out here where the deer and the antelope still play and the mountains are picture-postcard perfect, at least until you get close enough to see the real- estate signs, there is a world weariness about O.J. and other headline- grabbing current events.
September 11, 2008 |
In the midst of its campaign to convert into a for-profit company, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is threatening to cut two Pennsylvania hospital powerhouses out of its treatment networks. Horizon has notified subscribers that it is terminating contracts with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Health System when they expire in, respectively, November and December. Roughly 28,000 subscribers use those facilities. Horizon said subscribers would be charged out-of-network fees for using Children's and its facilities in New Jersey after March 11. Penn's three hospitals - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center - would be out-of-network after April 11. The showdown is the latest in a series of disputes between insurers and hospitals or large physician groups over the last few months.
November 14, 2012
IT NEVER HAS been like this. We've all had our problems with Andy Reid's coaching over the years, have all wailed about his aversion to running the football and the time-management blunders and the red-zone stagnation and the smarter-than-you playcalling that too often blew up in his face. We've seen his teams start slow before, stumble in midseason, fall apart in the fourth quarter the way this group did in Sunday's 38-23 loss to Dallas. But there was always an adjustment, always a recoil and a second strike, always a December that looked so different from September it seemed that he, his coaches and his players had all undergone brain transplants.
July 30, 1996 |
A radical but unproven new operation for heart failure, devised by a surgeon at a rural hospital in Brazil, has caught the attention of surgeons in Philadelphia and around the country who are eagerly beginning to test the technique on their patients. The operation, which involves cutting out a chunk of living heart muscle, was once considered so absurd that it didn't even merit discussion at medical conferences. "It sounded too good to be true," said Patrick McCarthy, a cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, "in that here was this so-called miraculous operation being done in the jungle to cure people with end-stage heart failure so that they won't need transplants anymore.
November 8, 1996
A PAINFUL LOOK AT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN POVERTY I devoured each installment of the series on Passyunk Homes (Inquirer, Oct. 27-31), so relieved that someone had rendered a painful and realistic picture of the heartbreak and despair of women and children entangled in poverty. As a social worker for many years, I have met many folks like those in your series and have seen firsthand the incredible obstacles and difficulties they must endure just to survive. This constant and unrelenting struggle is tough on the adults, and absolutely devastating on the children.