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September 26, 2014 | Staff Report
BENGALS defensive tackle Devon Still was overcome with scores of joyful emotion yesteday. Still took to Instagram to announce his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, had successful cancer surgery at Philadelphia Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia. "After a 5 hour, 50 minute surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from," Still wrote. "Best news I've received in a long time. " Leah Still was was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer, in June.
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September 15, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
As I write this, I'm not sure whether it's going to have a happy ending or not. Which makes it just like life. Because last week, a little pony that I happen to love, named Buddy, took very ill with colic. Basically, colic means a bad stomachache, but if it's bad enough, like an impacted colon, it can kill him. You didn't know I was going to say impacted colon over your Sunday breakfast, did you? If you can't identify with having a sick pony, I'm guessing you can identify with the point of this little story, which is that it's hard to give up on something you love.
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September 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Considering the alternative, Phillies rookie lefthander Mario Hollands feels extremely fortunate. Hollands was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday with a Grade 2 flexor strain in his left forearm. Righthander Sean O'Sullivan had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley and will be available on Saturday. Hollands had an MRI and an ultrasound on Thursday. He said no tears were discovered, so there will be no surgery. But he won't even pick up a baseball for about six weeks.
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August 19, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ANTHONY STOLARZ cannot talk about the hip surgery he had in May. He has been instructed not to discuss the nature of what the procedure entailed. What he can talk about is his future in the Flyers organization, and how he believes he will be back and better than ever. "I'll be 100 percent, probably better than 100 percent," Stolarz said. "Looking at it, it is a thing of the past. Like Ron Hextall said, he wishes he had the surgery when he was playing. Moving forward, it is not going to hinder me or affect me. It is going to be good.
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August 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Backup center Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery last week, the Eagles said Sunday. Vandervelde had been sidelined for most of training camp, which he entered in a competition with David Molk for the backup spot. There is no timetable for Vandervelde's return. Guard Dennis Kelly had back surgery last August and missed the first month of the season. There are indications that Vandervelde underwent a similar procedure to repair a damaged disk. Vandervelde suffered a back injury late last season.
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August 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PLAYERS WHO can be pretty sure they're going to make the Eagles' 53-man roster for the start of the regular season: LeSean McCoy. Nick Foles. Jason Peters. Trent Cole. David Molk. Yes, David Molk. The guy wearing Danny Watkins' old No. 63 jersey became the Birds' backup center when Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery late last week. Starter Jason Kelce and Molk now are the only centers on the team, though one probably will be added, given that two is a really small number on a 90-man training-camp roster.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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