April 19, 1999 |
Popular health books arrive in the Health section all the time, one just recently with the head-scratching title "Breathe Right Now." (We're not sure people need to read a book to conclude that breathing is a good idea.) But readers shouldn't assume that such books are anything new. We have in our possession a volume by one Dr. James Empringham, penned in 1934. Its title: "Intestinal Gardening for the Prolongation of Youth."
January 10, 2000 |
The other day we spent a few hours surfing the Net in our quest to learn more about health and the human body. First, we visited an exciting-sounding Web site--the "Wonderful Multicoloured Intestine Creator!"--and painted a "medically correct" image of the human bowel. (If you've ever wondered what an undulating colon looks like in fuchsia or turquoise, then http://www.urban75.com/Mag/shock1.html is the site for you. OK, so we didn't learn much here.
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February 4, 2005 |
Apparently the NFL championship showdown isn't the only "super" game this weekend. Bert Pierce of Burbank noticed a store ad's reference to another event (see accompanying). I can just hear the printer explaining, "But I used spell check...." A real jolt this time: A longtime Whittier financial institution has been acquired by Banco Popular, and, before it disappears, I'm reprising an old photo of its sign (see photo). Actually, it was supposed to say Quaker City.
June 8, 2003 |
A Fairfax County hotel remained closed as workers scoured every available surface -- from elevator buttons to door handles and curtain rods -- after tests confirmed that about 60 guests from two wedding parties staying there last weekend had contracted the same type of intestinal illness that recently has plagued some cruise ships.
August 11, 2002
The Grand Canyon National Park is urging visitors to the river and back country to be especially careful with sanitation after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. As of Aug. 1, 68 river rafters had become ill with flu-like symptoms that included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that appeared to be caused by a so-called Norwalk-like virus, park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said.
November 14, 2012 |
Lindsey Vonn remained in a Colorado hospital Tuesday, “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain,” her spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email. The four-time World Cup champion skier has been to the hospital in Vail for the issue more than once during the last two weeks, her ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting," Haemmerle said.
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July 31, 1988 |
Doctors in Canada and Europe have used electrically generated shock waves to smash painful and often dangerous inoperable gallstones wedged in the bile duct, a researcher reported. "We are very encouraged by the initial success. We know the technique works and has no immediate side effects. But we don't know what will happen 10 years hence," said Dr. Laszlo Fried, associate professor of radiology at Dalhousie University Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
January 24, 2009 |
Scientists have found further evidence that prehistoric humans populated Australia and New Guinea roughly 25,000 years before they migrated to the neighboring islands of Melanesia. Call it a gut feeling. The new evidence comes from the DNA of Helicobacter pylori, a parasite that makes its home in the human gastrointestinal tract. People who live in developing countries without access to modern medicines are most likely to harbor the bacterium, which can cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
January 17, 2013 |
A new study has found that an infusion of feces from a healthy person into an ailing patient's gut was significantly more effective than a traditional antibiotic treatment - raising hopes that the unconventional approach could one day help combat obesity, food allergies and a host of other maladies. The study, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that the fecal transplant cleared up a recurrent bacterial infection far more reliably than the routinely prescribed medication.