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May 18, 1990 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
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.
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May 23, 2006 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
JOSEPH C. LANZA, a Philadelphia Orchestra violinist since 1958, died of pneumonia early Saturday morning. He was 73. "His life was the orchestra," Roslyn, his wife of 53 years said. "He was totally committed and dedicated to music. " On Saturday evening, before the orchestra's final concert of the season, Bach's "Air on a G String" was performed in his honor, and his chair was left empty. Lanza held the title of assistant principal second violinist, and could prominently be seen playing with youthful excitement.
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April 24, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
Elizabeth Taylor, hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia, has now been placed in an intensive care unit and attached to a ventilator to help her breathe. Hospital officials described her condition late yesterday as stabilizing after a lung biopsy to determine the cause of the pneumonia. Analysis of the tissue sample was expected to take until Thursday, said her spokeswoman, Chen Sam. The 58-year-old actress, who won best-actress Oscars for "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica.
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February 24, 1987 | By Dick Pothier, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia firefighter awaiting a city-funded, $130,000 liver transplant at a Pittsburgh hospital has developed pneumonia and cannot be considered for a transplant until his condition improves, hospital officials said last night. Tyrone Appling, 33, who was flown to Pittsburgh's Presbyterian-University Hospital on Thursday, remained in critical condition in the intensive-care unit last night as doctors fought to control the pneumonia. "He's still going through some evaluation procedure, but the main thing that is the holdup right now appears to be this infection that the doctors are treating," said Chris Shirer, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
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December 9, 2002 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Chaney is officially sick of the way his Temple Owls have started the season. Yesterday, Chaney was admitted to Temple University Hospital with what a university spokesman called "a small case of pneumonia. " According to Temple spokesman Chet Zukowski, Chaney felt weary at the team's practice yesterday. The trainer persuaded him to go the emergency room, where the diagnosis was made and it was decided to put Temple's coach on intravenous fluids and keep him overnight.
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February 24, 1987 | By MICHELLE T. JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
A Philadelphia firefighter who needs a liver transplant has developed pnemonia and can't undergo the transplant until the infection clears up, according to officials at Pittsburgh's Presbyterian-University Hospital. Tyrone Appling, 33, of West Oak Lane, was listed in critical condition at the hospital, said Peggy Stoeff, a hospital nursing supervisor. Stoeff said doctors were uncertain how long it will take for the pneumonia to clear up. No decision has been made on whether Appling will be given priority over other liver-transplant candidates.
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August 15, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Merle Haggard, 62, has canceled his August tour dates after contracting pneumonia, his booking agent said last week. The country star is under doctor's orders to rest for two to three weeks. Haggard is at his home in Palo Cedro, Calif., and taking antibiotics. "He's exhausted," the agent said. "He's been touring nonstop and recording three albums whenever he gets a break. " Actor Jim Nabors, 69, is coming back nicely from a minor stroke suffered in late June, his assistant said last week in Honolulu.
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May 23, 1990 | By Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
The "galloping" bacterial pneumonia that killed Muppets creator Jim Henson last week can be controlled - but only if a person recognizes that a mild fever and cough suddenly has become much worse. Five symptoms can signal the onset of bacterial pneumonia, a condition that can be life-threatening, according to Dr. Paul Epstein, chief of Graduate Hospital's pulmonary division. "If a person with a low-level virus suddenly develops high fever and chill, a cough with phlegm, or phlegm mixed with blood, or chest pain, or shortness of breath, these five things should tip you off that you need to see a doctor immediately.
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July 10, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who received adult donor lungs last month after her family fought for a change in lung-allocation rules, now has pneumonia in her right lung, her mother said Monday. Through Facebook, Janet Murnaghan said that doctors believe the pneumonia was caused by "aspirations from her belly," or breathing stomach contents. She said Sarah had a "hard day" on Sunday but was more stable on Monday. She appeared to be responding to antibiotics, her mother said, but was requiring more breathing support from a ventilator.
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July 5, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of a North Philadelphia woman who died of misdiagnosed pneumonia has won a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against Temple University Hospital, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mary Casiano, 25, went to the emergency room with pneumonia four years ago, but was diagnosed as having bronchitis and sent home with antibiotics, said the lawyer, Lawrence R. Cohan. Casiano, who was six months pregnant, returned to the hospital two days later with advanced pneumonia, he said.
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September 15, 2016
WITH ANY LUCK, Hillary Clinton could have been diagnosed with pneumonia Friday, taken her antibiotics and gotten better without anyone beyond her campaign knowing, which is what happens with a lot of people who get this not-uncommon disease. In fact, she announced that she, like many people managing full schedules while not 100 percent, had tried to "power through" her pneumonia and keep moving. Instead, when she became unsteady from dehydration at a Sept. 11 memorial Sunday, Clinton gave some powerful ammunition to the army of dirty tricksters who have been spreading false rumors that she is at death's door.
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December 14, 2015 | By Joan Capuzzi, V.M.D., For The Inquirer
Although she needed extra calories, Mingo the malnourished stray could swallow only one piece of kibble at a time after being rescued from the streets of Philadelphia's Frankford section two summers ago. Mingo would also hack after drinking, and her bark became raspy. On antibiotics for what seemed like a routine case of kennel cough, the wire-haired, brindle terrier was plucked from the city shelter by the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which finds homes for cats and dogs that appear particularly adoptable.
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January 6, 2014 | By Dr. Saurabh Jha, For The Inquirer
John woke up before the alarm went off. He could have sworn he felt a sudden sharp pain below his rib cage. His head hurt from last evening's revelry. Perhaps he should have stopped at the fourth or fifth glass of craft beer. Walking to the train station, he became conscious of his breathing. He quickened his pace. But he felt he was oddly aware of his breaths, imagining his diaphragm rising and falling. What an amazing piece of muscle that never rested. Except now it wanted a break.
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July 10, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
AFTER A DOUBLE lung transplant last month, Sarah Murnaghan is fighting pneumonia in her new right lung, her mother said yesterday. Doctors believe the girl developed pneumonia by breathing in contents from her stomach, her mother said. "Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back," Janet Murnaghan posted on Facebook about noon. Last month, Sarah, 10, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, received two adult lungs after her parents challenged a rule that prevented children younger than 12 years old from receiving adult lungs.
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July 5, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of a North Philadelphia woman who died of misdiagnosed pneumonia has won a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against Temple University Hospital, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mary Casiano, 25, went to the emergency room with pneumonia four years ago, but was diagnosed as having bronchitis and sent home with antibiotics, said the lawyer, Lawrence R. Cohan. Casiano, who was six months pregnant, returned to the hospital two days later with advanced pneumonia, he said.
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June 12, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
Herbert and Catherine Schaible, the Northeast Philadelphia parents who prayed for their sick baby instead of following a court order to take him to a doctor, were ordered to stand trial for third-degree murder and related counts Wednesday afternoon. Municipal Judge Charles Hayden made the ruling following a preliminary hearing during which Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore vigorously asserted that their failure to get seven-and-a-half-month-old Brandon to a doctor in April amounted to malice, while attorneys for the couple argued that they broke no laws because they did not know he would die because his symptoms mirrored those of a cold or flu. Brandon, who died of bacterial pneumonia and dehydration April 18 after suffering through six days of symptoms that included vomiting, diarrhea and breathing difficulty, was the couple's second child to die without receiving medical care.
SPORTS
December 13, 2012 | By Jeff McLaneand Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson was placed on the non-football illness list on Wednesday so the Eagles could promote fullback/tight end Emil Igwenagu from the practice squad. Patterson contracted pneumonia last week and was hospitalized. His agent said that he planned to file a grievance through the NFL Players Association. "This is not how you treat people if you're a winning organization," Peter Schaffer said. Patterson will lose about $150,000 in salary, according to Schaffer.
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December 8, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson was hospitalized Thursday with viral pneumonia and remained in the hospital on Friday, the team said. Trainer Rick Burkholder said Patterson was "doing fine" and was stable while the team awaited test results. Patterson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will not travel with the team. The illness is not related to the arteriovenous malformation in Patterson's brain that affected him last season and required surgery, the team said.
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January 30, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate Rick Santorum said yesterday that his daughter, Bella, remained in the hospital with pneumonia but was recovering after a rough 36 hours. Santorum spoke with Florida supporters by telephone from 3-year-old Bella's room and said he hopes that she can go home in the next few days. She was in a local hospital in Virginia, according to the candidate, correcting his campaign's announcement that she was admitted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Saturday, according to ABC News.
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