March 1, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House says he doesn't plan to schedule a vote on a bill to mandate ultrasounds for women seeking abortions while members address questions that have arisen about it. A spokesman for Majority Leader Mike Turzai told the Associated Press on Wednesday that concerns about the bill in the medical community would also be fully vetted before the bill would be advanced. Sponsors of the Pennsylvania bill say it would require an ultrasound, but a woman wouldn't have to look at the printout.
April 24, 1995 |
It probably was inevitable that someone would start making and marketing keepsake ultrasound videos of fetuses in the womb, carefully edited with music, fancy graphics and even subtitles for showing-and-telling by expectant parents. But this is one idea the Food and Drug Administration vigorously has been trying to stifle. The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies, threatening to seize ultrasound equipment if the practices don't cease. The equipment is used to produce a picture of the fetus, then the images are put on videotape.
February 28, 2002 |
EVEN HEIRLOOMS are appraised before owners decide whether or not to part with them. Surely the heirs to parents' genes should warrant the same consideration - but not according to abortion-rights advocates. The ever-enunciating president of the National Abortion Rights Action League, Kate Michelman, promptly protested recently proposed legislation that would help non-profit health clinics pay the price of ultrasound equipment for use among women with unplanned pregnancies.
March 27, 2012
HARRISBURG - Dozens of sign-waving protesters took to the Capitol on Monday to protest a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion, and one candidate for attorney general said that he wouldn't enforce it if it becomes law. Democratic attorney-general candidate Patrick Murphy told protesters that he didn't think such a law would be constitutional. The bill has been sidelined at least temporarily because of what House Republican leaders said are questions raised by the medical community.
September 6, 1990 |
A study to determine which diagnostic test is best at evaluating the extent of prostate cancer in men found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more accurate than ultrasound, a distinction that could be important to the more than 100,000 American men who are diagnosed each year with the disease. The study, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, involved patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and four other medical centers nationwide, and found that MRI was accurate 69 percent of the time in assessing how widespread a patient's prostate cancer was, compared with an accuracy rate of 58 percent for ultrasound.
February 20, 1998 |
When MTV debuted 17 years ago, it offered nothing more than kinetic deejays and 'round-the-clock videos. Now the channel boasts a variety of shows that have become embedded in pop culture - everything from "Beavis and Butt-head" to "Road Rules.' In some recent retooling, the channel's programmers decided the focus had strayed too far from music and dumped buff but superficial deejays Simon Rex and Idalis. A new video-intensive show, "12 Angry Viewers" was born, on which disaffected viewers make their own video picks, and "MTV Live" debuted, featuring deejays with less beauty but more musical knowledge.
January 2, 2001 |
My daughter turned 6 months old last week. Veronica loves to roll across the living room, and drink from her sippy cup, and splash in the bathtub, and laugh at Daddy's fish lip faces, and yank really, really hard on Mommy's hair. She kicks and squeals and wails and gurgles and bounces and greets us each morning with a smile that could melt Antarctica. Looking back at photographs from the past half-year, we are astounded at how fast she has grown. First week home, first nap in her crib, first Halloween, first solid food, first Christmas - the Kodak moments seem to multiply exponentially.
January 25, 1988 |
Hali Satalof, sister of the late Philadelphia songwriter Linda Creed, walked into an operating room one day last week, joked with the surgeons who located and removed a possibly cancerous mass from her right breast, and walked out of the operating room a half-hour later. Fifteen minutes after that, she breathed a sigh of relief as the results of the biopsy came back from the lab: The lump was benign. A new application of ultrasound technology added to the speed and ease of the operation.
March 1, 2000 |
In a medical advance that could end painful finger pricks for the seven million diabetics who do them every day, researchers have extracted blood sugar right through the skin, without needles. The technique uses ultrasound to open microscopic spaces in the skin through which a tiny bit of fluid can escape. The fluid is then analyzed to determine glucose, or sugar, levels in the blood. The method, which was successfully tested on seven diabetics, is reported in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
January 24, 2005 |
Through a fog of sedation and painkillers, Alina Columbus heard a voice say, "We're going to start another treatment. " She lay on her stomach in the magnetic resonance imaging machine, hearing a rumbling and feeling heat build up deep inside her. High-intensity ultrasound waves were passing through her abdomen, reaching a fibrous tumor in her uterus, and raising the temperature ...