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By Joe Graedon & Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon & Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 28, 2002
Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents' use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a one-woman army trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, etc.) for children with fever. Parents sometimes alternate doses as often as every two hours. Some parents are giving these medications together to bring down a fever. Clearly, fever is a physiologic function that helps the body fight infections. I try to educate parents about this, but there seems to be an almost irrational fear of fever in our culture.
March 1, 2010
STEFFI SIDNEY-SPLAVER, 74 'Rebel Without a Cause' actress Steffi Sidney-Splaver, who as a young actress appeared in "Rebel Without a Cause," then gave up acting to become a Hollywood writer, publicist and producer, has died. She was 74. Sidney-Splaver died Monday of kidney failure at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, said her husband, Rick Splaver. Her first movie role was in "The Eddie Cantor Story," in 1953. Two years later the dark-haired actress landed the role of Mil in "Rebel Without a Cause."
April 1, 1998
Willard Barr, 90, former mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, died Sunday of a stroke in Fort Worth. Mr. Barr, father of Mayor Kenneth Barr, was elected to the City Council in 1963 and served a single term as mayor from 1965 to 1967.Harley Flack, 55, president of Wright State University since 1994, died of cancer Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.Mary Cunningham Hoard, 95, former board chairman of W. D. Hoard and Sons Co., a publishing firm, from 1972 to 1992, died Saturday in Whitewater, Wis.Athelstan F. Spilhaus, 86, the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations' scientific organization, a geophysicist and inventor of a device for measuring deep ocean temperatures, died Monday in Washington.
By Arda Ocal | September 29, 2013
Gene "Cousin Luke" Petit passed away Sunday morning, according to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider . The cause of death is currently unknown. Petit had been suffering from multiple sclerosis in recent years, which caused him to lose a considerable amount of weight. Petit is best known as portraying "Cousin Luke" in WWE in 1985 and 1986 as part of Hillbilly Jim's family. Hillbilly Jim is now the only member still alive -- Uncle Elmer (Stan Frazier) died in 1992 from kidney failure and Cousin Junior (Larry Kean)
December 29, 1999
Anthony Imperiale, 68, a political firebrand who served as state senator, state assemblyman and Newark, N. J., city councilman, died Sunday of complications related to kidney failure. Mr. Imperiale moved into the national spotlight as a spokesman for law and order in the late 1960s, appearing on "60 Minutes" and inspiring a movie, "Fighting Back." During the Newark riots of July 1967, he organized citizen patrols to keep black protesters out of Italian neighborhoods, and was criticized as a divisive figure and a reactionary who glorified vigilantism.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Julie Stitt begged her husband for years to let her donate her kidney as he spent nearly a decade in dialysis, through two failed transplants. Last year, he relented. It was a difficult decision. Her husband, Chuck, didn't want her to make the sacrifice. And she knew her father, Richard Kern, would need a transplant eventually as nearly five decades of diabetes wore on his kidneys. That time came about a month after her decision. "It was a hard place," Julie Stitt said. "I wanted to give to my husband, but I knew my father would need one. " She volunteered to donate to a stranger, getting her husband on a donation exchange waiting list.
By Linell Smith | June 15, 2003
Although they constitute only 13 percent of the U.S. population, African-Ameri-cans account for 32 percent of patients treated for kidney failure, according to the 2002 report by the U.S. Renal Data System. Diabetes is the main clinical cause of renal failure, followed by hypertension. A family history of kidney disease also puts people at risk, says Andrew Levey, professor of medicine at Tufts School of Medicine and chief of nephrology at the New England Medical Center of Boston. "Whenever there are racial differences [in a disease]
July 23, 2013
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a 10 percent cut to the Medicare payment for dialysis - a proposed reduction that is ill-advised, to say the least ("Medicare cuts hit dialysis hard," July 15). Dangerous would be a far better term. Dialysis providers faced with this eventuality will of necessity have to cut back. Each cutback will result in a reduction of quality care. I am living with kidney failure. Dialysis has been my life-saving therapy for more than 13 years.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 12, 2011
Wade P. Thomas Jr., a retired Annapolis lawyer who earlier had owned a bakery chain, died July 2 of kidney failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The longtime Crofton resident was 83. He was born in Baltimore and raised on Wardman Road in Stoneleigh. He was a 1946 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 from the University of Virginia. Mr. Thomas was a salesman for National Cash Register Corp. and owned a chain of six Cakery Bakeries, with five stores in Maryland and one in North Carolina.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
Florence B. "Sissy" Cornish, a retired cafeteria cook and homemaker, died June 26, her 77th birthday, of kidney failure at Bradford Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Clinton. The former longtime Pigtown and Edmondson Village resident had lived in recent years in Upper Marlboro. Florence "Sissy" Boone was born and raised on Ostend Street in Pigtown. She attended city public schools. Until retiring in 1980, Mrs. Cornish was a cafeteria cook at the old Woolworth's on West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore, where she had worked for many years.
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