August 4, 2015 |
JUST DAYS after being dealt to the Phillies from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Matt Harrison seems to be settling in with his new ballclub. The 29-year-old veteran lefthander could be seen chatting intently in the clubhouse yesterday with outfielder Jeff Francoeur, catcher Cameron Rupp, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and even former slugger Pat Burrell, who was in town for Phillies Alumni Weekend. However, Harrison's relationships with his new teammates will be strictly off the field for the foreseeable future, as he has been placed on the disabled list due to lower-back inflammation.
June 2, 2014 |
Physicians have known for years that vaccines do not work as well in people who are suffering from a chronic infection such as malaria. Likewise, people with one kind of chronic infection tend to be more vulnerable to a second one. A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers fingers a key culprit in these breakdowns of the immune system: chronic inflammation. The research, published last month in the journal Immunity, reveals how long-term inflammation from one infection impairs the ability of infection-fighting T cells to form memories of any additional invaders - thereby hampering the immune system's ability to recognize and attack those invaders on future occasions.
June 1, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - In her first 10 starts on the LPGA Tour this season, Jennifer Johnson's best finish was a tie for 12th. Yesterday, the 22-year-old Californian opened her 11th with a 9-under-par 62 at Stockton Seaview's Bay Course, which gave her a one-stroke lead over Japan's Haru Nomura after one round of the 54-hole ShopRite Classic. Surprised? Well, maybe we shouldn't be. Two years ago, Johnson carded a second-round 63 here. After starting with a 77. She tied for 18th.
November 10, 2013 |
'Mom, how long has this been going on?" the woman asked as she helped her 75-year-old mother back into bed. The woman had never seen her mother so unsteady on her feet. She walked as if drunk. "My left side feels so weak. I even have a hard time feeling my leg on that side," the mother said. "It started last night. " The daughter was alarmed on hearing her mother's slurred speech and learning how long the symptoms had been present. Worried that her mother might have suffered a stroke, she called 911. The responding EMTs shared her concern and rushed the elderly woman to the hospital.
August 30, 2013 |
TWENTY-FOUR hours after sitting in front of television cameras to talk about an elbow injury that would shut him down for the remainder of the season, and one that could put 2014 in jeopardy, too, New York Mets rookie Matt Harvey sent out a curious tweet. "Thank you everyone for the kind words and support," Harvey wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday. "I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1. " Where did the optimistic turn come from? Harvey, who has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, had a talk with Doc. Not a physician or surgeon experienced in arm injuries, but Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.
January 29, 2013
If you're worried about the recent study linking aspirin use to an age-related disease that leads to blindness , specialists at Wills Eye Institute have some reassuring advice. The Australian study, published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that taking aspirin at least once a week more than doubled the chance of macular degeneration, including the more damaging "wet" type, among 2,389 adults followed for 15 years. But the 15-year incidence was still relatively small - about 5.8 percent of regular aspirin users compared with 2.2 percent of nonusers.
June 1, 2012 |
The advice Roy Halladay received from the Phillies, the single-best thing he can do to return his strained shoulder to baseball shape, runs counter to the hard-driving ethic that has made the all-star righthander one of the game's best and most diligent pitchers. Rest. "Really, in the end, it's going to be time," Bradford Parsons, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, said Wednesday when asked what the now-disabled Halladay might do to hasten his return.
May 1, 2012 |
Please floss and brush, by all means. It's still good for your teeth and gums. But don't imagine that you're going to ward off heart disease in the process. That's the message of a new "scientific statement" from an expert committee of the American Heart Association, which analyzed more than 500 papers and articles on the topic. The idea that periodontal disease might impair the cardiovascular system dates back more than a century, according to the statement, published in the journal Circulation, and the hypothesis had a resurgence beginning about 20 years ago. Indeed, people with bad gums are more likely to have strokes, heart attacks, and hardening of the arteries.
March 10, 2012 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Something about Domonic Brown's right hand attracts injuries. "I'm telling you," Brown said. "I do everything with it. " In the last two years, Brown has suffered four injuries to his right hand. The latest, a sprained right thumb, was deemed not serious after an MRI exam Thursday showed only inflammation. He says he expects to play next week. Brown said he planned to take some swings in the cage Friday. Much of the inflammation and scar tissue is remnants of a similar injury he suffered last May at triple-A Lehigh Valley while diving for a ball.
October 19, 2011 |
As any trauma surgeon will tell you, two people can suffer similar injuries from a car crash or bullet wound, yet one will live while the other dies. There's no good way to tell who will make it. Princeton University scientists say they now are starting to get some answers. The key, they reported in a new study, is to track activity levels in certain of the patient's genetic pathways - in particular, two that regulate inflammation and help the body recognize harmful microbes.