CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1992
Your article (Aug. 2) about Gail Devers contains misleading statements about Graves' disease, a condition that affects many people. The overactive thyroid of Graves' disease does not cause the "skin to peel" or the feet to become "swollen and bloody," as stated. The therapeutic doses of radioactive iodine given for Graves' disease are not "massive"; they do not cause significant pain in the neck (as was stated in another Times article about Devers several weeks ago) and do not leave the patient "weakened and nauseated."
August 2, 1992 |
They nearly amputated the feet of the world's fastest woman. Afflicted with Graves' disease, a thyroid condition that causes her skin to peel, her hair to fall out and her feet to become swollen and bloody, Gail Devers, 25, a former UCLA runner who feared she would never again walk, won the Olympic gold medal Saturday in the 100-meter dash.
January 30, 1992 |
I like happy endings. The only trouble with them is that there aren't enough of them. Gail Devers may be one. She's down to one thyroid pill a day; her beeper lets her know when it's 8 p.m. California time, wherever she happens to be. "I look at it as a second chance at life," she said the other day with her smile and her big eyes shining. But she remembers when she couldn't stand to see her bloated body in the mirror or to see her skin-and-bones figure.
July 10, 1991 |
President Bush, calling for a military budget that "defends people, not pork," Tuesday urged the Senate to keep the production lines rolling on the B-2 bomber and to keep up work on the Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as "Star Wars." He took aim anew at the House-passed defense spending bill, saying that if Congress sends him an "inadequate" Pentagon budget, "no matter how big a bill (or) how urgent, I will veto it."
June 1, 1991 |
Samples of water from the White House and the vice presidential residence have been collected and have been sent to a laboratory for further analysis, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Friday. White House doctors ordered the tests last week to see if the water contained chemicals that might have caused autoimmune-system disorders in the President, his wife, Barbara, and their dog, Millie. Fitzwater said the preliminary judgment of Dr.
May 29, 1991 |
Baffled by the extraordinary coincidence of both the President and First Lady developing Graves' disease, experts are analyzing the water supply at the White House, Camp David, the Bush vacation home in Maine and the vice president's residence, where the Bushes lived for eight years, the White House said Tuesday.