April 24, 2013 |
Pregnant women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy increased the odds that their baby would have autism, and were roughly twice as likely to give birth to a child who would go on to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to a large study that captured 10 years of births in Denmark. Valproate, often known by its commercial name Depakote, is widely prescribed in the treatment of epilepsy and a wide range of psychiatric conditions. It is one of a class of drugs that has been linked to a child's delayed cognitive development and to some congenital malformations.
November 11, 2006
Re "One diagnosis away from despair," Current, Nov. 5 Diana Wagman's experience with her son's treatment for depression highlights what is happening today in the mental health treatment of adolescents and children. In the past, when a child had obvious problems, it was minimized with the idea that this was a phase the child would get through eventually. Today, a diagnosis is quickly presented and a medication is prescribed. Both parents and clinicians feel pressure to see improvement as quickly as possible, and mistakes in treatment are inevitable.
October 18, 2010
Doctors usually diagnose Alzheimer's disease through a combination of medical and cognitive tests along with a brain scan. New studies, even one involving family members and friends, offer the promise of making the diagnosis easier -- and maybe even earlier. An August study in the Archives of Neurology used biomarkers to correctly classify patients who had Alzheimer's disease. The study tested normal people without the disease, those with mild brain impairments and those with the disease.
May 10, 2010 |
I was five years into trying to conceive when I received the diagnosis that stopped my quest: premature ovarian failure. The only option for pregnancy would be donor eggs, and that was beyond our financial means and our level of acceptable medical intervention. I was only 37 years old — younger than my mother had been when I was conceived. I had no previous gynecological issues and no family history of infertility; "advanced maternal age" was a family trend, in fact. My diagnosis was completely unexpected.
June 20, 2012 |
Multiple sclerosis is in the spotlight this week after 26-year-old Jack Osbourne , a new dad, revealed he is battling the disease. Less well-known are the psychological challenges facing both the patient and his loved ones in the wake of such a diagnosis. Osbourne's mother, Sharon Osbourne, host of "America's Got Talent," offered a hint of this when she broke down this week while discussing her son's illness on "The Talk. " (Have some tissues handy if you watch it.)
May 12, 1991
Please pass on a hearty "well done" to Shari Roan for her revealing articles on factitious disorders, ("Playing for Sympathy" and "The Factitious Career: Faking the Faces of Illness," April 21). Her accuracy and research do her credit. These cases test the acumen and patience of any physician and will even set physicians at odds with each other over diagnosis and treatment. The cases we have discovered in our hospital are known to all floors and are well known to the emergency room, where they often come at night to test the discernment of almost every new physicians on call.
January 22, 2011
Five million Americans have Alzheimer's, a scourge of a disease that is hard to diagnose, harder to predict and, so far, unpreventable and incurable. There is no chemotherapy for Alzheimer's. And the drugs that are currently prescribed are more like bandages on a bleeding wound than the powerful cocktails that tame HIV. The greatest risk factor for the disease is simply getting old ? an unsettling thought for the first wave of baby boomers turning 65 this year. One study estimates that between 7,000 and 10,000 baby boomers will hit that milestone every day for the next 19 years.
October 20, 1997 |
If it weren't for a hiking trip, Nancy Santoro might not have gotten the early diagnosis that saved her life. About five years ago, Santoro began to notice that she bruised every time her dogs jumped on her. She was getting older, she told herself. And bruises come easy to an active woman like herself. She felt great: no pain. No fatigue. So she signed up for a weekend hiking expedition in the High Desert with her husband, Carm, and friends.
December 10, 2002 |
Will Kimble says he's praying for a miracle, and that's what it might take for the Pepperdine junior to play college basketball again. Kimble was the starting center for the Waves until he passed out at practice Nov. 26 and was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that can cause sudden death. Kimble and his family are hoping the diagnosis was incorrect and have scheduled an evaluation by another cardiologist this week.