December 9, 2002 |
Diane Hamilton was a grown-up battling a child's ailment. At least that's what she thought. But the high fever, aches, chills -- and a pair of tonsils that felt as big as pingpong balls -- amounted to much more than a passing case of tonsillitis. "It was a little embarrassing," said Hamilton, a 33-year-old architect. "I kept thinking, 'I'm an adult. This shouldn't be happening.' " Initially, she didn't bother seeing a doctor, treating the symptoms with over-the-counter medications and rest.
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January 14, 2013 |
As a young boy, Paul Christiano loved the world of girls - the way they danced, how their spindly bodies tumbled in gymnastics. In adolescence, as other boys ogled classmates, he was troubled to find himself fantasizing about 7- to 11-year-olds. His desires remained stuck in time as he neared adulthood. Despite a stable home life in suburban Chicago, he was tortured by urges he knew could land him in prison. "For having these feelings, I was destined to become a monster," he said.
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January 13, 1992 |
Traffic radar guns, which save lives by catching speeders, have come under suspicion as a possible cause of cancer in traffic officers exposed to their microwave beams, triggering a series of lawsuits by an Agoura Hills lawyer. Attorney John E. Sweeney has filed suits on behalf of five former traffic officers who contracted cancer and are seeking millions of dollars in damages from radar equipment manufacturers, whom they accuse of failing to warn of health risks.
December 4, 1989 |
A 26-year-old woman underwent what doctors said was the world's first heart-liver-kidney transplant Sunday. Cindy Martin of Archbald was listed in critical condition Sunday night, considered normal after a transplant operation, said Lisa Rossi, a spokeswoman for University-Presbyterian Hospital. The operation began at 7:35 p.m. Saturday and ended at 5 p.m. Sunday, Rossi said.
December 21, 1986 |
The most lasting memory in the short and rocky Ram career of Dieter Brock will in time be more difficult to forget than the quarterback himself. It was the sight of Brock walking through Rams Park on a day last September. Brock's face was a chalky white, having just returned from his brother Bill's funeral in Alabama. No one had expected to see Brock at Rams Park that day. He wasn't required to be there, but he was.
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April 19, 1990 |
A drug developed at Scripps Research Institute has shown near-total effectiveness against a rare form of leukemia without the debilitating side effects that usually accompany cancer therapy, San Diego researchers say. Reporting in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the Scripps scientists were careful to point out that the cancer they studied, hairy-cell leukemia, is diagnosed in only 500 to 600 people a year in the United States.
July 25, 1990 |
Vincent van Gogh, whose artistic brilliance and supposed madness have made him a focus of popular fascination, suffered not from epilepsy or insanity but from an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and ringing ears, a new analysis of his letters suggests. The authors of the study, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
January 31, 2012 |
The sunny fact that Americans are living longer, more productive lives has a dark side: More of us than ever live with chronic illnesses that are not only a drag on sufferers' time and energy, but on the nation's pocketbook. The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday put a dollar figure on the cost of caring for chronic illness in the United States--$1.5 trillion yearly, fully three-fourths of annual healthcare spending. A panel of experts called on policymakers to do more to prevent and track the big nine chronic diseases that most drain the nation's wallet.
November 26, 1989 |
Almost 15 years have passed since a North Vietnamese army tank forced the gate of Saigon's Independence Palace, signaling the defeat of South Vietnam and the unification of the two countries under communism. Today, the sound of war still faintly reverberates throughout Saigon, now officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, where the Communist victory is tainted by what is, for many, a futile quest for prosperity. "Could it be that quite a few things here really haven't changed all that much?"