September 22, 2000 |
Dr. Howard Pollack, an internationally known expert in radiology and urology and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pollack, 72, helped develop the use of imaging techniques such as ultrasound to diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary and reproductive systems and was a pioneer in using lithotripsy, or shock waves, to crush kidney stones. A longtime resident of Cheltenham who lived more recently in Jenkintown, Dr. Pollack edited the textbook that is considered the bible of the field of uroradiology, and doctors from across the world called on him for advice.
April 5, 1994 |
Eileen Scott has "big genes" and she knows it. So the Cherry Hill woman was not surprised Sunday night when she gave birth to Charles Ford Scott, who weighed in at a whopping 14 pounds. "He's got a big head and a lot of dark hair on him," Scott said yesterday from her hospital room at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees. Although reactions from local hospital spokeswomen ranged from, "Oh, my God!" to "That's amazing!" and "It makes me wince!," Marilyn Riley of the New Jersey Department of Health said it is not a record birth weight.
June 29, 2006
Must hide some truth Mark Bowden ("Guarding Secrets, Exposing Secrets," June 25) is right to defend journalists who report government misfeasance and malfeasance, even though it embarrasses the responsible politicians. But he stretches the reporter's duty to report "the truth" way past the breaking point by arguing that it includes the right to disclose secret information that puts our military in real danger. Telling us that our government is running a secret prison system or bypassing the courts to spy on us surely embarrasses our commander-in-chief, but it does not put our military at risk.
March 18, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - "You just have to close your eyes. " With those words about women and a bill mandating preabortion ultrasounds, Gov. Corbett stepped into a nationwide controversy - and, in the process, got a lesson in social media. By week's end, his comments were generating headlines from coast to coast and the video had gone viral. It played over and over on local and national news, along with YouTube, Facebook, and blogs, sparking countless conversations on Twitter under hashtags such as #waronwomen and #closeyoureyes.
March 4, 1996 |
Imagine an instrument that, when placed on someone's skin, could see into a wound, much like an ultrasound reveals a fetus inside the womb. Such technology could mean the early diagnosis and treatment of infection - a significant development for millions of people. For diabetics, it could mean saving a limb from amputation. For car accident victims, it could mean quick and better responses to spinal cord injuries. And for patients with bedsores, such a machine could mean early relief of pain and prevention of serious complications.
November 7, 2011 |
Question: I'm entering my late 30s and feel as if I'm about to take a giant step back. My marriage is collapsing, and I'm struggling to cope with close but long-distance friends who have stable (even happy!) marriages, babies, or kids. I don't want to avoid or lose those friends, but my heart is breaking as things unravel around me and I realize I will most likely never have a biological child. Every announcement I get, every card or gift I buy and send, every ultrasound profile picture on Facebook (really?
September 13, 1999 |
When she got pregnant at 39, Anna Harp knew her age raised the risk that her baby would have Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal birth defect. But the college professor from Binghamton, N.Y., also had concerns about trying to detect the disorder before birth. The standard blood test used to screen all pregnancies misses 40 percent of fetuses with Down syndrome, which causes mental retardation, heart defects, and distinctive facial features. Yet the definitive diagnostic test - an amniocentesis, which she would automatically be offered because of her age - occasionally triggers a miscarriage.
September 18, 1995 |
I ask every one of them, lying on their backs with that telltale bulge, "So, would you like a boy or a girl?" It's a question that passes the time as I measure the height of their uteruses and prepare to listen for their babies' heartbeats. Over the years, I've accumulated a bunch of crude statistics on their replies. The most common answer is, "I don't care what it is, as long as it's healthy," followed by, "My husband (or boyfriend) wants a boy. " A couple of women have even lashed out with the comment that they wouldn't wish a female sex on their poor innocent babies; women just suffer too much in this world.
March 17, 2010 |
Here's a question that's not being asked in the health-care debate: How much medical care do we want in our lives? It's something we should be discussing. Start with the two life events we all experience, birth and death. Doctors have gotten pretty good at terrifying (and operating on) pregnant women during what should be one of their greatest experiences. And we are equally proficient at dragging the elderly through all sorts of misery on the road to death. Too harsh, you say?
February 19, 2001 |
Talk about not getting a chance to prove yourself in spring training. When Clemente Alvarez reported to the Carpenter Complex last Thursday, he was called into assistant general manager Ruben Amaro's office before he ever went on the field, and asked if he wanted to be the team's bullpen catcher this season. "I guess they thought I had no chance to make the team," deadpanned the 32-year-old non-roster invitee. After mulling it over for a few days, Alvarez accepted the offer yesterday.