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NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you needed surgery for pancreatic cancer, you probably wouldn't give a thought to what kind of saline solution your surgical team would use. After all, pancreatic cancer is bad news, and the procedure used to excise it, called a Whipple (or the tongue-twisting pancreaticoduodenectomy), is long, dangerous, and technically challenging. But researchers at Thomas Jefferson University say the saline in your IV drip matters. They were able to reduce the complication rate by 25 percent by using saltier saline and using less of it. Their work was published in Annals of Surgery.
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Cliff Lee consulted with two doctors, there was never a mention of surgery for his troublesome left elbow. The parties agreed that Lee suffered a reoccurrence of the strained flexor pronator muscle, an injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season. The Phillies will adopt another conservative approach with Lee, who may not throw again until October or November. But another elongated period of rest will not quell doubt about Lee's availability for 2015. He is, for now, expected to be ready for spring training.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
With their lovely photography, pretty frocks, and polite manners, British costume dramas such as Downton Abbey make life in the pre-penicillin era look so awfully inviting we'd all love to visit. But would we? "In 1900 New York, there was 60,000 gallons of horse urine on the streets on any given day," said Michael Begler, "and 2.5 million pounds of manure. " Begler and his longtime collaborator Jack Amiel are the creators and writers of an entirely different sort of period drama, Cinemax's The Knick , a medical drama about the doctors, nurses, and patients of New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in the first years of the 20th century.
SPORTS
August 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RYNE SANDBERG, a man whose fate as a first-time big-league manager could be determined by how the Phillies bounce back next year after a dreadful 2014, was certainly happy to hear Cliff Lee would not need surgery on his ailing left elbow. "That's good news," Sandberg said. "Looks promising. " An MRI from earlier this week revealed that Lee has a Grade 2 left flexor pronator strain. Lee had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Wednesday and will once again combat the injury with rest.
SPORTS
August 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The body soreness, cold sweats, and headaches added to the misery that is Domonic Brown's season. Two straight days without improvement forced an appointment with a doctor in Washington, who diagnosed tonsillitis. The next piece of news was worse. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to get my tonsils removed after the season," Brown said Tuesday. "The doc was saying they're the size of a 13-year-old kid's. They're supposed to get smaller as you get older. " A dose of antibiotics and rest rendered Brown available Tuesday, although the leftfielder did not start for the sixth straight game.
SPORTS
August 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Catcher Tommy Joseph, The Inquirer's 11th-ranked prospect in the Phillies system, will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday. Surgeon Don Sheridan will perform the procedure on a tendon in Joseph's wrist. Joseph injured his wrist in a home-plate collision on May 9 while playing for double-A Reading. He returned last month to play six games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Joseph's most recent appearance for the GCL team was July 19. Earlier this year, Joseph missed a week with a head injury after taking a foul tip off his mask.
SPORTS
August 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Cliff Lee was walking out of the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday afternoon when Jamie Moyer stopped him. The former teammates talked for more than a few minutes, with head trainer Scott Sheridan joining in on the conversation, too. Four years ago, Moyer left a Phillies game in St. Louis after throwing 18 pitches. Moyer was placed on the disabled list with a left elbow strain; he wondered aloud if he would ever pitch again. Moyer, then 47, eventually underwent Tommy John surgery.
SPORTS
August 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Three hours after the trade deadline came and went, the Phillies' best hope at adding some new, young pieces to their roster before the end of the 2014 season took the mound at Nationals Park. Cliff Lee has long been admired by many a major league team. He's been one of baseball's best pitchers over the last half-dozen years and he's a proven playoff performer to boot. In order to move to a contender in August, when players can still be traded if they clear through waivers, which most players with hefty contracts are able to do, all Lee had to do was take the mound a few times and show that he was both healthy and effective.
SPORTS
June 25, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If you have been listening to the rumors concerning their intentions for the NBA draft on Thursday night, the 76ers might seem to be masters of misdirection. But in at least one way they have been very clear on their direction. And that direction is up the court as quickly as possible. From Sam Hinkie's very first day on the job as general manager, and from the moment coach Brett Brown joined the process, the Sixers have been steadfast in their desire to build an up-tempo, open-court team.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tracy Morgan's health Tracy Morgan is not losing his leg as a result of his car crash on Saturday! So insists the comic's fiancee, Megan Wollover , who is simply sick of the rumor mill. Morgan's rep, Lewis Kay , said Morgan underwent surgery on his leg on Sunday. He still has the appendage. "The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately)
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