January 26, 2014 |
Donato D. LaRossa, 72, of Radnor and later Malvern, a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, of cancer at his home. Dr. LaRossa specialized in surgery to repair cleft lip and palate defects, as well as reconstructive surgery and aesthetic improvements to the breast, face, and ear. He also operated on melanoma patients. He was a professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1991 until 2009, when he was named professor emeritus.
October 28, 2013 |
Some call it the "icing on the cake. " Others deem it the "illusion of a protrusion. " But for Patricia Missiras, 57, of Brookhaven, having 3-D areolas and nipples tattooed to her reconstructed breasts goes much deeper. It's part of her quest to put her bilateral mastectomy, chemo, and radiation firmly in the rear-view mirror. "I want to look as normal as I did before," she says. "I know it's not going to look exactly the same, but I want to get back to where I was before all of this happened.
February 9, 2013
The Celtics' Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge that paced host Boston over the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-95, Thursday night. The Celtics improved to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury. Kobe Bryant scored 27 to lead the Lakers, who suffered their worst loss of the season despite the return of Dwight Howard after he missed three games with a sore right shoulder. Williams' knee surgery Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams had reconstructive knee surgery Thursday and will now begin a long rehabilitation period that could leave his status in question for the start of next season.
December 11, 2012 |
A year after a young amputee left the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with transplanted hands and forearms, the lead surgeon calls her progress "nothing less than spectacular. " Yet Penn has no waiting list for hand transplants. The distinguished medical center is part of an ironic trend: Availability of the complex reconstructive surgery has been growing faster than demand for it. Of perhaps two dozen hand transplant programs worldwide, 10 are in the United States.
October 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Superstorm Sandy will end up costing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. In the long run, the devastation the storm inflicted on New York City and other parts of the Northeast will barely nick the U.S. economy. That's the view of economists who say a slightly slower economy in coming weeks will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by the much higher number killed in combat as well as the billions of taxpayer dollars squandered on reconstruction. There is no confirmed total number of Iraq war deaths.
October 3, 2011 |
My cousin Gail Katz could have told me how surgery and chemotherapy saved her life. Instead, she told me how breast reconstruction saved her soul. Gail was 42 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. The tumor was small, a bit over one centimeter, and had not spread to her lymph nodes. But because she was relatively young, her doctor recommended chemotherapy and radiation after her lumpectomy. During the next several years, Gail's mother and maternal aunt were diagnosed with the same condition, which prompted Gail's visit to a genetics counselor and subsequent genetic testing.
August 26, 2011 |
The interior landscape of the Pennsylvania Avenue penthouse condominium belonging to physicians Alfred and Paula Stillman at the Philadelphian is not just a dramatic showplace. It's a warm, vibrant home, full of personality and interest. And Paula Stillman will explain that it's that warmth that led this couple to move from the suburbs to the city. Not that it was obvious from the start. "The first time we saw the space, mostly out of curiosity," Paula says, "it was actually quite depressing.
May 15, 2011 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A newly inaugurated President Michel Martelly promised to change the image of his disaster-prone nation Saturday while leading it into a new era of modernity - a country where education will be free and obligatory, he told Haitians, and change will not be compromised. "Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, we are going to change Haiti. We are going to remake this country. We are going to remake its face," Martelly said, speaking forcefully and in Creole from the transformed grounds of the broken National Palace.
April 22, 2010 |
Graduation has put some huge holes in the Penn State defense, which was ranked No. 2 in total defense in the Big Ten and No. 9 in the country last season. Six starters are leaving, including three expected to be high choices in the NFL draft: defensive tackle Jared Odrick and linebackers Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman. (Bowman, a junior last season, gave up his final year of eligibility.) The other departing starters are linebacker Josh Hull, defensive end Jerome Hayes, and cornerback A.J. Wallace.