June 22, 2015
It was a phone call that Adam Morgan said he had dreamed about: calling his father to tell him he was headed to the major leagues. His father, Wiley, pitched at Alabama and coached Morgan until he was 13. That dream became reality on Friday, when Morgan called his father to tell him he was pitching Sunday for the Phillies. "He was like, 'Well that's one hell of a Father's Day present,' " Morgan said before Saturday's game against St. Louis. "He couldn't believe it. It's really special.
June 2, 2015 |
MILLVILLE - When Thomas Walkup was denied educational services in April from the state Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - services that may have helped the 8-year-old to cope with a congenital condition known as "shaky eye syndrome" - his mother wouldn't give up on finding help. And, ultimately, the rejection inspired Susan Walkup Banks to find a solution - surgery in California this summer - that may restore full vision for her son. Thomas has dealt with congenital nystagmus since birth.
May 11, 2015 |
When George S. Weber and his group completed their climb to the summit of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps in the 1950s, "he felt extremely blessed," a daughter, Ann Weber-Ammar, said. During such outdoor adventures, he told her later, "he had a sense of tremendous freedom and communion with God. " He certainly felt blessed, she said, when learning later about another party climbing at the same time, a group in which "someone did not make it to the top and fell to their death.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - While he rehabilitated from the Tommy John surgery that ended his 2013 season after just two starts, Chad Billingsley said he could somewhat envision the day of his return to the mound. But when he tore his flexor tendon while he was on the comeback trail, Billingsley questioned whether he would ever get back. "And here I am right now," he said with a big smile Monday afternoon at Turner Field, "taking the field [Tuesday] and pitching on a big-league mound. " More than two years since his last major-league start, Billingsley will officially complete his long road back from consecutive elbow surgeries Tuesday night against the Braves.
April 29, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Outside the home dugout at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon, minutes before the Cardinals took batting practice, a herd of reporters gathered. General manager John Mozeliak announced that longtime ace Adam Wainwright had a complete tear of his left Achilles' and would miss the remainder of the season. Across the way, inside the visiting clubhouse, Ryan Howard felt for his fellow competitor. "You never want to see anyone go down with injury, especially one like that," Howard said.
April 21, 2015 |
Hazel I. Holst, 83, of Swarthmore, a trailblazer for women in the field of plastic surgery, died Thursday, April 9, of complications after surgery at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Born in Minneapolis, she graduated in 1949 from Washburn High School and from the University of Minnesota in 1954. She was determined to go to the latter's medical school, her family said, but was denied admission by administrators on the pretext that she was married and had a child, so the training would be wasted.
April 20, 2015 |
When it comes to repairing pulled abdominal muscles or aching abductors, William Meyers is the go-to guy. The 65-year-old surgeon is the founder of the Vincera Institute at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, where marquee athletic stars and weekend warriors travel from across the country to fix core and hip injuries. The rehabbed USO building houses services from diagnosis to imaging to rehabilitation. Since the 1980s, Meyers has performed some 20,000 operations on core muscles for the famous and the not so famous, about 700 over the last year alone.
April 17, 2015
JAELEN STRONG, the wide receiver from Philadelphia's West Catholic High and Arizona State who has been projected as a possible first-round pick when the NFL draft gets underway, confirmed an NFL Network report that said he would go to Indianapolis this weekend, where teams are doing medical rechecks on injured players. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Strong has a broken bone in his wrist that likely will need surgery "at some point. " Strong subsequently told the Daily News he will not need surgery, and that he anticipates missing no time this spring for whatever team drafts him. Strong said he wasn't sure what teams want to see him in the recheck this weekend.
April 12, 2015 |
By the time A.A. arrived in my office, she had spent almost a year looking for answers. In November 2012, she was 45 and struggling to lose weight and keep her blood pressure down. What sounds like a common scenario, however, was anything but. A.A. was experiencing fatigue and malaise, and the area around her eyes bruised easily. Another puzzling symptom: She said she was acutely aware of her neck. It wasn't pain, but awareness. She was losing more hair than usual in her brush and had stopped menstruating, and her skin broke open easily.
April 8, 2015 |
If you're considering surgery for back pain, a new study suggests you first should try physical therapy, which is both less risky and less costly. The University of Pittsburgh study found that surgery and physical therapy were equally helpful for lumbar spinal stenosis, a common condition in older people that makes walking painful. It is the latest of numerous studies to question whether Americans get too much back surgery. It also raises questions about financial incentives.