May 18, 1990 |
Massive bacterial infections, such as the kind that killed Muppet master Jim Henson, are best treated with antibiotics and speed. But Henson evidently had passed the "point of no return" by the time he sought treatment, according to a professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Henson died Wednesday of a quick-spreading bacterial pneumonia. Robert Austrian, professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Research Medicine at HUP, said yesterday that the bacteria, streptococcus, "can kill a patient rather quickly.
May 13, 1993 |
This is perhaps the biggest reason these Phillies might not be flukes: When they need a well-pitched game, there's a fine chance they will get one. Last night, the Phils were coming off an ugly loss on Tuesday and anticipating a three-game weekend series in Atlanta, which can leave any team badly chopped. So Tommy Greene, despite a late-inning salvo of line drives, threw nine strong innings, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to five hits and a single run in a 4-1, rain-delayed Phillies' victory.
August 14, 1999 |
The Phillies have survived the losses of several key players and enjoyed what to this point has been a surprisingly successful season. Now comes the biggest challenge of all. One month to the day after starting for the National League in the All-Star Game, Curt Schilling was placed on the disabled list last night with inflammation in his right shoulder. The 32-year-old righthander, who has been plagued by this problem for more than a month, will return to Philadelphia today for concentrated therapy.
January 17, 2003 |
Johnson & Johnson said yesterday that it would acquire 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Yardley, in a cash deal valued at $88 million. The pharmaceutical and health-care products giant will pay $5.74 for each 3-Dimensional share, which closed at $5.64 yesterday on the Nasdaq stock market. The announcement sent the small company's shares soaring $2.61, or 86.1 percent, at yesterday's close. 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals has drugs in early-stage research for treating cardiovascular disorders, oncology and inflammation.
August 25, 2004 |
The Eagles casually announced yesterday that Corey Simon's trip to the foot doctor in Maryland on Monday revealed that the starting defensive tackle has plantar fasciitis and that he will not play in tomorrow's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. An ominous development for a team already decimated by injuries? Not according to Mark Myerson, the foot specialist who treated Simon. "His foot was very inflamed," Myerson said last night by cell phone. "He'll be back in training next week.
April 18, 2012 |
There's good news and bad news on treating bug bites. First the bad news: Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl "are widely recommended to treat the itching associated with insect bites, but few studies have been found to support this," researchers write in April's Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, a British medical journal. Topical antihistamines "are only marginally effective. " As for topical corticosteroids such as Cortaid, "no studies have been found to support their use specifically for insect bites.
July 29, 2013 |
After a long day of hair, makeup, and corsages - all that goes with prom - Kelly Simmons was still beaming when she posed with her two high school daughters. But when she pulled off her scarf for the camera, unaware of the red bump beneath, the other parents grimaced. "Of all the people in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, everyone thought I would be the last to have Lyme disease," said Simmons, a novelist who spends most of her time indoors. Nationally, Lyme disease is most rampant in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, because of environments suited for the disease-transmitting ticks.
December 8, 2013 |
Auggie, a 11/2-year-old male Jack Russell terrier, presented to our clinic with muscle tremors. The owners first noticed the tremors the previous evening, when the dog appeared to have tripped on the stairs. Fine muscle tremors, primarily in the buttocks, were apparent on physical exam. The neutered dog showed no pain upon palpation of his spine and manipulation of his neck and limbs but seemed somewhat stiff. He was well hydrated and pulse was normal. "This is the calmest Jack Russell I've ever seen," I said several times, perhaps ominously.
February 24, 2014 |
Patients with eczema tend to start itching before they see a rash, rather than the other way around, leading some to call it "the itch that rashes. " So what is this invisible agent that causes the itch? Herbert B. Allen has been scratching his head over that one for years, but recently the Drexel University dermatologist achieved a measure of intellectual relief. He and a team of colleagues at Drexel's College of Medicine report that the culprit is a slime-like substance called biofilm, produced by Staphylococcus bacteria on the skin.
March 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals righthander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI exam revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Hochevar, 30, will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the season. Nats hold out Fister Washington righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his Grapefruit League start Friday because of elbow inflammation.