February 15, 2016 |
Five days before doctors removed half her brain, 8-year-old Christina Santhouse performed "It's the Hard-Knock Life" from the musical Annie at her elementary school talent show in Levittown. Midway through, the third grader suffered yet another seizure - she was having as many as 150 a day - and fell to the floor, but continued scrubbing along with the other orphans. At the end, she popped up to take a bow. That's the kind of child Santhouse was 20 years ago. Popular; extroverted; obsessed with sports, especially soccer.
February 5, 2016 |
CONDUCTOR Riccardo Muti 's official website says the conductor has undergone hip surgery in Italy following an accident. The website said yesterday that as a result the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , and former director of the Philadelphia Orchestra , cannot conduct concerts planned this month in Chicago. It said the accident was not serious, but provided no details. The news agency ANSA reported that Muti underwent the surgery in the Italian city of Ravenna after a fall at home.
February 5, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When I read the email from my boss asking me to do a column on my top Super Bowl memories, I let out a loud groan that scared the hell out of my dogs and caused them to do that tilted-head thing dogs like to do. I'm not particularly good at reflection, at least when it comes to the Super Bowl. I have total recall regarding my daughters' athletic careers and the keg parties I attended in college. But the biggest game in the sport I cover for a living? Most of them all run together.
February 4, 2016 |
Jerry Colangelo's mandate was simple when he joined the 76ers earlier this season: Look things over and set things right. So the architect of those great Phoenix Suns teams tinkered a bit. He traded for Ish Smith's leadership and signed Elton Brand's experience. Now, it seems, Colangelo is content to let the trade deadline slip by and allow Sam Hinkie's plan of acquiring assets to play out. Don't look for a roster makeover at the Feb. 18 deadline, Colangelo said Tuesday. He wants to let the dust settle on what Hinkie has already done, evaluate the results and start fresh in the offseason.
February 3, 2016 |
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children said Monday that it had stopped conducting elective heart surgeries pending an internal review. The North Philadelphia facility continues to perform emergency heart surgery, hospital spokeswoman Kate Donaghy said. The hospital did not indicate what prompted the review. "The hospital's heart surgery and trauma teams remain ready to respond to the needs of emergency patients, including emergency cardiac surgery," Donaghy said in an email.
January 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a male in my early 50s. As a shy 21-year-old, I had minor surgery to straighten a small hump on my nose. I didn't tell many people and it boosted my confidence, and although I can't say I regret it, looking back, I don't think it was really needed. I met my future wife a few years later and didn't think it was important enough to mention. But my daughter, 23 and happily married, is complaining about the small hump on her nose and contemplating surgery to fix it. She says she's the only one in the family with such a nose.
January 24, 2016
Patients seeking and undergoing weight-loss surgery were more likely to suffer from depression and binge-eating than the general population - but those with depression often saw their mental health improve after surgery, a new UCLA-led paper shows. The findings, published this month in JAMA, don't establish a causal link between bariatric surgery and improved mental health. But they do reveal a surprising relationship worthy of more study. "Although our results should not be interpreted as indicating that surgery is a treatment for depression, severely obese patients with depression may gain psychological benefits" along with the physical benefits of surgery, the authors wrote.
January 21, 2016 |
LIKE A LOT of fair-skinned people, Joe Cassidy knew all about the dangers of getting too much sun. And like a lot of folks as they get older, at some point he figured it might be a good idea to finally see a specialist. Just in case. "My wife (Betty Ann) has always been on me about taking care of myself," said Cassidy, who's been the Rowan basketball coach for the last two decades and a baseball/softball umpire for twice that long. "I had a little blotch on (the left side of) my face that was discolored, about the size of a quarter.
December 27, 2015 |
Mark H. Blecher has not yet had cataract surgery himself. But the cataract and refractive surgeon has been doing the procedure on others for 30 years, during which the safety and the outcomes have improved dramatically. So at whatever point Blecher does need cataract surgery - as many do - he's "looking forward to the time when I can replace my failing lenses with superior technology. " Blecher, co-chief of cataract and primary eye service at Wills Eye Hospital, recently spoke to us about cataract surgery today, and what's in store.
December 14, 2015 |
After Bob Garraty's annual PSA blood test led to the diagnosis of a tiny, slow-growing prostate tumor, he opted to do something almost as stressful as getting treatment. He postponed it. Like a growing number of men, he chose "active surveillance" of his cancer. He had PSA blood tests plus physical exams every three months, and biopsies every year, in hopes that he would never need surgery or radiation - and never risk treatment-related urinary and sexual problems. It didn't turn out quite that way. In October, after four years of surveillance, his biopsy revealed the cancer was turning more aggressive.