October 15, 2007 |
Americans with osteoarthritis of the knee may need to wait a little longer for proof that three common approaches actually work. In a review of 42 randomized controlled trials on hyaluronic acid injections, 21 studies on the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin and 23 articles on arthroscopy, researchers at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1990
Doctors are frequently criticized for cronyism and their unwillingness to police their own ranks. The truth is that doctors as a group are their own harshest judges, but their ability to purge themselves of quacks and charlatans as well as the misguided and the stupid is often stymied by the courts. This scenario has just once again played itself out in Orange County. While a Salvador Dali may gain fame and fortune by painting a bent watch or a pink, one-eyed elephant, a physician necessarily must have a very limited venue for unguided improvisation when he treats patients.
August 1, 2012 |
Rabies is generally thought to be universally fatal, but new evidence suggests that is not always the case. A study in Peru suggests that some people -- admittedly a very small percentage of the population -- may have a natural resistance to the rabies virus that protects them from serious illness when they become infected. The results suggest that it may be possible to develop new ways to prevent and treat rabies. Most Americans associate rabies with dogs, but the virus is most commonly carried by bats. Experts estimate that rabies kills at least 55,000 people each year in Africa and Asia alone, and the disease appears to be on the rise in China, the former Soviet republics, and Central and South America.
October 11, 2012 |
The death toll from an outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis has risen to 14, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Further, the first Western state has reported a case. In a posting on its website, the CDC said 170 cases -- including 14 deaths -- have now been reported across the country. The agency said 11 states now have cases and that Idaho, the first Western state, has been added to the list. Other states that have reported cases are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
June 22, 2011 |
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke out this week about her Type 1 diabetes, calling attention to the issue—a condition that as many as 3 million Americans know well. The pinpricks for blood, the glucose monitors, the insulin injections… Daily life isn’t easy, the Supreme Court justice told a gathering of children with diabetes. An online diabetic community would seem to agree. This from the blog Cure Moll : “When I was 10, my mom and I were used to shots, we knew the perfect amount of insulin for everything, from a small piece of pizza and cake at a birthday party to simply cereal for breakfast.
October 10, 1996 |
King defenseman John Slaney's miscue helped lead to the Sharks' game-winning goal in overtime with four seconds remaining Sunday, and he found himself out of the lineup on Wednesday in Montreal. But Slaney will return tonight in Philadelphia. "The last couple of games, I haven't really played how I played last year," he said. "I tried to make a pass and didn't make a good pass to Ray [Ferraro] and Ray lost it at his feet. When I saw that, I tried to get myself back and then I lost myself.
February 16, 1990 |
Doctors injected healthy muscle cells into a muscular dystrophy patient's foot for the first time Thursday in a move hailed as potentially offering a way to treat the crippling, fatal disease. Sam Looper, 9, of Pickens, S.C., who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, had 8 million to 10 million immature muscle cells from his father's arm injected into the muscle controlling the boy's big toe at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, officials said.
September 21, 1990 |
Two years after the fad got started, full lips continue to be the talk of the trendoids. Fashion magazines are loaded with pictures of such models as Christy Turlington, Kelly LeBrock and Cindy Crawford and their colossal kissers. The newest line at singles bars has become, "Your mouth is fabulous. Have you had implants?" Cher's lips have provided the latest grist for the gossip mills.
September 26, 1995 |
Apainless ultrasound drug-delivery system may soon replace the dreaded hypodermic needle in many instances. That could be a real shot in the arm for millions of people--such as diabetics who require frequent injections of insulin--for whom syringes are an unending torment that also carry the risk of infection. For years, scientists have sought non-invasive ways of getting crucial drugs to diffuse across the skin and into the bloodstream.