November 3, 2015 |
NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie was holding a news conference on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, talking about all the great things he was going to do for the beleaguered city, when he spied a familiar figure among the reporters. He braced himself. He knew what was coming. At 6-5, Pinky Kravitz stood out in any crowd. He also stood out because, as Christie and anybody else who ever had dealings with the veteran radio personality knew, Pinky was relentless if he had a cause to pursue.
October 28, 2015 |
A medical device used for decades has emerged as a worrisome source of infections, apparently sickening eight patients at a central Pennsylvania hospital - four of whom died. The device is a heater-cooler unit, widely used during heart bypass surgery to control a patient's blood temperature. The infections at WellSpan York Hospital and elsewhere are attributed to bacteria in water that circulates within the devices. European researchers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both say patients can be exposed to bacteria that are aerosolized through the device's exhaust vent.
October 25, 2015 |
James Wagstaff-Duncan's heart was about to give up. The organ was dangerously enlarged and surrounded with extra fluid. It pumped about one-tenth as efficiently as the heart of a healthy person. At age 28, he was unable to take four steps without feeling short of breath. But physicians at Temple University Hospital said he could not get a new heart for one of the very reasons his old one was failing: He weighed 480 pounds. His case presents a vexing dilemma from the frontier of the U.S. obesity epidemic.
October 17, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I am having a tummy tuck, the date is set, and I am getting geared up and excited about the impending surgery. How do I deal with those who have a negative and/or rude response to my advising them of my procedure? I haven't told that many folks, but I do want to advise folks about what is going on with me. I understand that everyone has his own ideas, philosophies, etc., but to comment that I am being selfish and vain, it is a waste of money, what if you die, etc.?
October 15, 2015 |
Virtua, South Jersey's biggest health system, has entered into a partnership with Penn Medicine for cancer and neurosciences, the two tax-exempt systems announced Tuesday. Penn's Abramson Cancer Center will replace Fox Chase Cancer Center, and in a neurosciences collaboration, Penn doctors will operate at Virtua Memorial Hospital, in Mount Holly. Virtua has been sending certain stroke patients to Capital Health in Hopewell Township, N.J. Penn, the region's biggest health system, with about $5.3 billion in revenue, has many ties to community hospitals, but "this is a deeper relationship," said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive of the University of Pennsylvania Health System after the announcement at Virtua's Voorhees hospital.
October 11, 2015 |
Drastic as it may sound, sterilization is the second-most-popular birth control method among U.S. women, and more than 10 million have opted for it. For many decades, that meant surgery to "tie the tubes. " But in 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of a seeming breakthrough in sterilization: metal coils implanted in the fallopian tubes though the vagina. The Essure procedure could be done in a doctor's office, required no incisions or general anesthesia, and maker Conceptus Inc. said it was 97 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
October 7, 2015 |
JOHN ROBERTSON'S season is now officially over. So too is his collegiate career. Villanova's fifth-year senior quarterback, who won the 2014 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in FCS, will not return this season, after suffering a complete tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Delaware game on Sept. 19. At the time, he said he would forgo surgery and rehab the injury in the hopes he might be able to return. After consulting with doctors, he still won't have surgery.
October 6, 2015 |
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
October 2, 2015 |
The Eagles still do not have the full inside linebacker combination they envisioned when the season started, but the news is getting better about Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso. Kendricks was a full participant in practice Wednesday and is on track to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Alonso is in Florida rehabbing his left knee injury. He had arthroscopic surgery and is expected to return in about a month, according to a league source. That would mean Alonso does not need surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, which would have cost him the season.
October 1, 2015 |
After spending more than a month in dry dock, being overhauled from top to bottom by volunteers, the Gazela, the city's official tall ship and the country's oldest square-rigged wooden vessel, will again be able to sail this week. On Thursday, the 114-year-old ship will leave dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, its home since the end of July, and sail back to its usual home at the north end of Penn's Landing. "We removed planks below the water level to assess the condition of the framing, to be able to plan for a major rebuild," said Patrick Flynn, the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild's superintendent of ships.