October 30, 2014 |
Debra Copit, Generosa Grana, and Marisa Weiss have much in common: all mothers, all Main Line residents, all doctors - all breast cancer specialists. And they all have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their similar stories are both coincidence and cautionary tale - illustrations of breast cancer's indiscriminate nature but also its complexity, storming into the lives of patients with individual and unique markers. Yet at least in one way, cancer has imparted a shared lesson to these women, all of whom are now in excellent health: Getting a diagnosis will change your life.
May 1, 2013 |
One year ago, Penrith Corp. was a small maker of medical devices in Plymouth Meeting trying to get its wireless ultrasound system through the regulatory approval process after six years in development. Today, now part of the giant Siemens Healthcare , the operation is preparing to launch what is called the Acuson Freestyle from a 12,000-square-foot facility in a commercial office park near I-476. Siemens Healthcare CEO Gregory Sorensen , a former professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, said a wireless handheld device should appeal to doctors who use systems in which the transducer is connected by a cord and can be "cumbersome and difficult to use. " But Sorensen emphasized that when the first Acuson Freestyle units are shipped from Plymouth Meeting shortly, Siemens will pay a 2.3 percent excise tax on each, thanks to regulations that took effect related to the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
October 15, 2012
Through Oct. 17, The Inquirer will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series will culminate in a special Inquirer section Thursday, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . "2012 was supposed to be my year!" says Amy Kuhnel of Kettering, Ohio. "I recently got engaged to the man of my dreams. We bought our first house together, and I got my dream job. I also turned 40, so I went in February to get my first mammogram.
May 6, 2012 |
A Philadelphia court of common pleas jury on Friday awarded $78.5 million to a woman whose 3-year-old son suffers from cerebral palsy because of what the jury found were faulty diagnostic procedures by Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where the child was delivered. Lawyers for the woman, 34-year-old Victoria Upsey, said she arrived at the hospital in August 2008 with signs of complications that caused her unborn child to be deprived of oxygen. Their experts contended during the trial that a prompt delivery could have averted the problem, but that the physician handling the case initially concluded that the baby already had died after performing an ultrasound.
April 6, 2012
THE TWO Democrats competing in the April 24 primary election for attorney general spent Thursday bashing each other over pending state legislation both oppose. We have a theory about why. With 18 days to go until the primary, Pennsylvania finally has a Republican presidential primary worth paying attention to. And five guys are fighting for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race in the fall. So, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County and former Lackawanna County Assistant D. A. Kathleen Kane are looking for ways to motivate Democratic voters to support them for attorney general.
March 29, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday struck down a state law that required women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and to listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure. District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled that the 2010 statute passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature was an unconstitutional special law because it addressed only patients, physicians, and sonographers dealing with abortions and did not address them concerning other medical care.
March 28, 2012
NOT TO SHOCK anyone, but is Gov. Corbett, despite falling poll numbers, doing a balanced job of governing at a time of extreme divisiveness? I raise the question after a close look at a recent poll of Corbett's performance in office, and after noting complaints about him from both the left and the right. First, the complaints. The left, if you haven't noticed, rails about what it calls Corbett's draconian cuts in social services and education, especially higher education, and his support of legislation requiring women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds.
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.
March 25, 2012 |
Scott W. Gaylord and Thomas J. Molony?are both professors at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C. The next wave of abortion regulation has arrived. Pennsylvania currently is considering whether to join 23 states that already have laws regulating - and in some cases requiring - the use of ultrasounds in connection with abortion procedures. Similar legislation is pending in nine other states, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. The ultrasound laws are being hotly debated in state capitals and roundly criticized on editorial pages.
March 23, 2012
MAYBE IT started on "Jerry Springer" - that is, women cursing, clawing, and punching one another as bemused-looking men try to pull them apart. Snooki and the "Jersey Shore" crew have cemented images of crude behavior by women in the minds of young TV viewers. These televised fisticuffs seem to go unpunished; so many, especially young people, may mistakenly believe there are no consequences and that somehow after the fight is over that they are going to gain respect. A little closer to home it is reported that two women, one the president of the Chester Upland school board, and the other a Chester High School teacher, allegedly were involved in a physical confrontation in plain view of students at the school.