March 9, 2015 |
My patient was 20 - legally an adult - when I saw him for a lump in his right armpit he had noticed the day before. It didn't really hurt, but it was sometimes sore when he moved his arm. Other than that, he was fine. No fevers, weight loss, or night sweats. No lumps in his breast. No sores in his armpit, so it probably wasn't an inflamed lymph node. When I touched the lump, my heart sank. It had a worrisome rubbery texture, and even though it moved freely, it wasn't tender to touch.
February 16, 2015 |
It was spring in Pennsylvania, and I was seeing a 31-year-old man for the first time. He'd been sick for about three days with headaches, chills, and fever, although his temperature was normal in the office. He had not had any recent travel, and no one else was sick at home or at work. The only significant part of his medical history was migraine headaches, and the ones he was having were doozies. Light hurt his eyes; sound hurt his ears. The only thing that helped his throbbing headaches was ibuprofen, but he had been taking more of it with less relief.
January 2, 2015 |
THE NEW YEAR'S Day parade played out like a holiday dinner with family - some nice, heartwarming moments mixed with some unbelievable, cringe-worthy ones. For months, the focus had been on the debut of a new route that called for the 115th annual parade to start where it normally ended - City Hall - and finish at Washington Avenue, cutting out the Mummers' traditional South Philly stomping grounds. Many performers were on board with the shorter route, noting that the parade needed to evolve in order to survive.
November 23, 2014 |
The man felt foolish sitting in the waiting room of the Travel Medicine clinic. He didn't understand why his wife had insisted that he go see the doctor. After all, he was starting to feel better, and didn't she realize that he was already overworked at the office, trying to sift through the jumble of unattended cases that had piled up during their two-week jaunt to the Caribbean? He already felt as if it had been months since he had swum in the Atlantic Ocean, tried parasailing, and hiked around beautiful hills and waterfalls.
October 6, 2014 |
There's a pristine spot on the Delaware River in West Deptford where residents flock to golf, exercise, and have dinner. Some go simply to watch the sun set as airplanes soar into the sky across the water. Few towns can boast tracts such as RiverWinds in Gloucester County. Town officials at the turn of the century embarked on the redevelopment of more than 1,100 acres that would make it all possible - a community center, restaurant, senior housing, and a golf course with a sweeping view of Philadelphia.
August 27, 2014 |
THE NUMBER, if accurate, is staggering. So far, there have been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games. That, according to @NFLconcussions, the Twitter feed that tracks such things. Former NFL player Dave Pear isn't surprised. "It's probably way more than that," he told the Daily News yesterday. "In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt. " It's not the concussions that worry Pear. It's what happens afterward. Pear, who played a combined six seasons (1975-80)
July 28, 2014 |
When Maurice Kanbar got headaches from drinking alcohol, he came up with a solution: Skyy Vodka, regular vodka minus the impurities that he said gave him headaches. He also invented the "D-Fuzz-It" sweater comb and a hypodermic needle protector to prevent health-care workers from getting pricked. But the wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur has another claim to fame: He's the godfather of Philadelphia University. He is the biggest donor in the university's history. He gave his alma mater a whopping $21 million during its current capital campaign - more than half the amount the university was aiming to raise.
June 13, 2014 |
When new construction work started Wednesday night on I-95, it added one more obstacle to smooth travel in the Philadelphia region. The $212 million project between Girard and Allegheny Avenues will last until 2018, adding to the woes of I-95 travelers already slowed by major reconstruction at Cottman Avenue. Add a possible strike that could shut down all 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the emergency closure until at least Labor Day of an I-495 bridge in Wilmington, summerlong lane restrictions, and a closed PATCO train track on the Ben Franklin Bridge, and you have the makings of regional gridlock.
June 5, 2014 |
Motorists in the Philadelphia region face weeks of traffic headaches following the emergency closure of a bridge on I-495 in Delaware. Delaware transportation officials said the bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington will likely be closed for weeks while crews attempt to find and repair a defect that has caused four of its support columns to tilt. Engineers said Tuesday that subsurface ground movement under the columns appears to be at fault. The bridge carries an average of 90,000 vehicles a day, and the closure of the bridge Monday evening caused traffic snarls up and down the I-95 corridor as traffic was diverted to I-95 and local streets.
March 24, 2014 |
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.