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.
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.
March 27, 2014 |
Autism is much more common than previously thought, according to a new government report that estimates that 1 in 68 children have some form of the disorder. Boosting the rate has become a two-year ritual since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set up a surveillance system more than a decade ago. The last estimate, in 2012, was 1 in 88, up from 1 in 110 two years before that. As in the past, researchers could not say what was driving the increase. While the role of environmental factors remains an open question, rising awareness of the disorder, greater detection and improved access to services have all been shown to be significant factors in the explosive growth in diagnosis over the last two decades.
August 29, 2011 |
I sat in an uncomfortable flower-print chair in my neurologist's office. The nurses in the front office were talking to each other about what type of sandwich they would order for lunch. The background was filled with traces of annoying soft-rock music and an overpowering smell of coffee. It was apparent that someone put much effort into creating a calm and relaxing environment, but at the moment it felt as irritating as wearing an itchy sweater in the desert. Hearing the diagnosis — "You have Parkinson's disease.
May 13, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The judge in the Aurora movie theater massacre case paved the way Monday for James E. Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but did not formally accept that plea, delaying that decision until later this month. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. of Colorado's 18th Judicial District, ruled that the defense had made its case that the plea should be changed from a traditional not guilty plea to an insanity plea. He said his decision was “consistent with fairness and justice” for Holmes.
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.
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.
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 10, 2013
Thom McDaniels is no stranger to surgery. As a longtime athlete and high school football coach, he's spent years putting his knees through the wringer. After injuring his right knee again during football practice, he was told by an orthopedic surgeon that it was time for reconstructive surgery. Reluctant to undergo a seventh knee surgery, he tried a lightweight knee brace that wraps around his leg from the thigh area to just below the knee. It changed the Ohio coach's life. "It's like somebody turned a light on," he said.
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.