CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000
Fiber-optic colonoscopes have proved far superior to old-fashioned barium enemas in detecting potentially cancerous growths in the colon, according to researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In a 10-year, side-by-side study of old technology vs. new in 580 patients, barium enemas missed almost half of the polyps most likely to develop into cancer, while fiber-optic colonoscopes found virtually all of them, the team reports in today's New England Journal of Medicine.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 has been released from a Vail, Colo., hospital after undergoing testing and treatment for intestinal pain. Vonn's spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email to the Associated Press that the four-time World Cup ski champion was "resting comfortably at home" and that she's "feeling much better" after an overnight stay in the hospital. Kay said it is unclear when Vonn "will be able to return to the mountain” as she prepares for a World Cup event in Aspen on Nov. 24. There has been concern in Vonn's camp regarding her ailment, the cause of which doctors have been unable to determine, according to Kay. Vonn's ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, said Vonn's recent trip to the hospital was not her first in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.