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.
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.
April 14, 2008
I am a graduate student researching cerebral palsy and am writing in response to the article by Erin Cline Davis [“Cord Blood: A Weapon Against Cerebral Palsy?,” April 7]. Though the improvements reported in your article are inspiring and reflect an area of research that deserves more attention, they must also be tempered by caution. Of importance here is that Dallas Hextell was diagnosed with cerebral palsy by the time he was 8 months old. At the young age of 8 months, it is possible to suspect cerebral palsy, but it is also hard to nail down a diagnosis.
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 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 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, 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.