June 19, 1997 |
The morning activities here in the first-floor office of the Catawba Nation's Longhouse are similar to those at any small clinic in America. Dr. David Brady examines his first patient, 8-year-old Amy Canty, who stares straight ahead as he gently touches the rash on her neck. "Looks like contact dermatitis, an allergy," Brady explains to her mother. "You'll need to pick up some 1% hydrocortisone ointment. . . . Bring her back if there's no improvement."
February 22, 1997 |
Horatio Zungu, a traditional African doctor, was trying to be helpful. "We don't use a medical system like Western doctors," he explained. Indeed. His patient, Victor Shabalala, removed his shoes to show respect to the ancestors. Then he lifted a goatskin bag, pressed it to his forehead and tapped it on each knee before spilling the contents on the floor. Zungu poked a stick at the scattered bits of bone, shell, ivory and coins to form his diagnosis. The patient was silent.
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February 6, 1997 |
Liang Qing Ye was about one month pregnant the April day she walked into the South-North China Herb Co. store in San Francisco's Chinatown, where she lived. A 23-year-old seamstress who earned $4.25 an hour, she was looking for something to help her sustain the pregnancy because she previously had a miscarriage. She left with two small packets of brown paper, each supposedly containing a blend of a dozen dried herbs.
August 2, 1996 |
St. John's wort, a plant used in European folk medicines to relieve depression, might actually ease some of the symptoms in some people, researchers report today. A review of 23 different studies, most of them published in non-English medical journals, suggested that St. John's wort, known scientifically as Hypericum perforatum, worked 2.7 times better than a placebo and roughly as well as numerous antidepressant drugs in mildly depressed people.
January 1, 1996 |
When Dr. Brian Berman first saw him two years ago, the man's face was paralyzed by pain. The 54-year-old cameraman suffered from trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that produces severe facial pain. He had found some relief through anesthetic nerve blocks and narcotic painkillers--but at a terrible price. He couldn't sleep, couldn't concentrate and was often depressed.
November 10, 1995 |
Five years ago, most people would have dismissed the notion that a wild berry growing on the East Coast would soon be a sought-after over-the-counter health product for American men. But that was before word got around that European clinical trials had confirmed that the chemicals in the saw palmetto berry dramatically reduce enlarged prostates. "Now it's such a hot seller that we almost can't keep it on our shelves," says Robin Rogosin, herbal specialist for the organic store Mrs. Gooch's.
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October 23, 1995 |
The fight to save tigers and rhinoceroses from extinction moved to Los Angeles this month, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an educational campaign to turn people away from Asian medicines made from the animals' bones and horns. Slaughtering of the animals for use in such medicines has cut the worldwide population of wild tigers to about 5,000, and wild rhinos to fewer than 10,000, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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October 20, 1995 |
The fight to save tigers and rhinoceroses from extinction moved to Los Angeles on Thursday, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an educational campaign to turn people away from Asian medicines made from the animals' bones and horns. Slaughtering of the animals for use in such medicines has cut down the worldwide population of wild tigers to about 5,000, and wild rhinos to less than 10,000, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
September 23, 1995 |
Ian Moore wasn't only being truthful about his own music when he named his new album "Modernday Folklore." The soulful young blues-rock bandleader from Austin, Tex., was also being insightful about the condition of belatedness that has befallen all of rock in the '90s.