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.
April 11, 2015 |
Clean out your old seed packets. Some seeds lose potency quickly (corn and spinach,) while others last for thousands of years (ask the dead pharaohs!). You want to get rid of anything older than five years; do this test to see whether others are still viable: Take 10 seeds from a pack, wrap them in a squeezed-out wet paper towel, and put them in a plastic bag, someplace warm but not hot. (We once made school kids wear them as necklaces, and they sprouted in a week; mine, of course, came up in three days!
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 16, 2011 |
When Anne Peniazek decided to donate a kidney at age 65, the Narberth woman had bigger hopes than helping just one person. She and her surgeon James Lim of Lankenau Medical Center wanted to start a movement. Instead of arranging a typical kidney donation, Lim helped her start an open-ended kidney-donation chain, one of a small number in the United States. In December, Peniazek's kidney was given to Geoff Bowman of Philadelphia, who at age 32 had already had three transplants.
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.
May 11, 2012 |
IT WAS ONE of those letters that made me throw my hands in the air. "Please help my son get a kidney," the woman wrote in shaky script. "I am elderly, and he takes care of me. He has bad kidney disease and is getting sicker. He needs a kidney. " So, she asked: Could I find one for him? I was about to call and tell her that some things are beyond the powers of even the most sympathetic reporter, but then a letter landed on my desk. It was from an inmate in a Pennsylvania prison, and he had a request.