SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND Getting Their Attention
We have all been there at one point or another. You know what I am talking about, right? You like that boy (or that girl), and you want to get her (or him) to notice you in the biggest way. But you th... Posted on 8/10/12 at 8:00 AM
THE DIRT On hold
We had a wonderful weekend at the lake with family--it was hot and sunny and not too windy (a rarity at our place, it seems), so we did plenty of boating and swimming and just reading in the shade. It... Posted on 7/23/12 at 9:01 AM
HEALTHBEAT Complications of surgery
A patient advocate who blogs at 2centsdujour has come right out and asked the same question that's been bothering me ever since the death of Andy Rooney last week: Unexpected and fatal complications f... Posted on 11/11/11 at 11:47 AM
STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Unfantastic Plastic
I had an interesting discussion the other day with a guy about plastic surgery.
I mentioned the famous women who are generally considered "the most beautiful," whatever that really means. Nicole Kidm... Posted on 9/29/10 at 11:29 AM
He felt like he was suffocating, struggling to breathe despite the bullet hole in his chest.
Shot in the aorta — near where the body’s biggest artery leaves the heart — somehow 16-year-old Dimitrios Philliou didn’t bleed to death before the ambulance screeched up to the hospital.
So doctors took a gamble: Could they save him, not with huge open surgery that itself can kill, but with a patch snaked inside his torn-up aorta?
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, April 20, 2010
For the second straight offseason, Albert Pujols will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.
The St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday in a brief news release that the two-time NL MVP will undergo a debridement procedure — which could be used to shave bone spurs — on Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Ala., at a medical facility under the direction of Dr. James Andrews.
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love has been scheduled for surgery on his broken left hand.
Love will have the operation in New York on Tuesday to fix a fracture in the fourth metacarpal bone in his shooting hand. The second-year player suffered the injury on a rebound last Friday in a preseason game at Chicago.
If you pay the mechanic $1,000 to fix your transmission and it breaks again next week, the garage should find and fix the problem for free. So if you get an infection following open-heart surgery because the doctor forgot an antibiotic, why are you charged extra to clear up the wound?
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, September 08, 2009
Minnesota Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey is out of surgery, and his right wrist is expected to be OK for spring training.
Slowey had a bone chip removed Tuesday. His wrist will require two to four months of rehabilitation and recovery.
Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez is expected to miss the rest of this season and the first half of next year, too, after having reconstructive elbow surgery Monday, another setback for the fading Reds.
Volquez had surgery to replace a torn ligament and repair other damage in his right elbow, which has sidelined him for the last two months. The typical recovery time is 12 months.
Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb had shoulder surgery Monday, putting an end to a difficult season for the usually durable right-hander.
Arizona was expected to be a playoff contender this year with Webb and Dan Haren at the front of its rotation. But Webb never pitched again after a no-decision against Colorado on opening day and the Diamondbacks quickly fell off the pace in the NL West.
It isn’t just the thunder thighs that shrink after obesity surgery. Melting fat somehow thins bones, too.
Doctors don’t yet know how likely patients’ bones are to thin enough to break in the years after surgery. But one of the first attempts to tell suggests they might have twice the average person’s risk, and be even more likely to break a hand or foot.
Minnesota Wild All-Star goalie Niklas Backstrom will have surgery to remove two cysts in his left hip that caused problems with his groin muscles and affected his mechanics in the net this season.
The procedure will keep Backstrom out for anytime between three to six months.
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