July 24, 2002 |
As a running back for the New Orleans Saints, Ricky Williams would repeatedly hurl his body into a wall of 300-pound defensive linemen, yet he was too unnerved to take off his helmet during interviews. He would allow his mail to accumulate for days, fearful his neighbors were watching his every move. Even trips to the grocery store turned into harrowing ordeals. "I would hide from people in the store," he said.
December 10, 2001 |
For many people traveling this holiday season, the most painful experiences will come in the form of longer lines at airports and more crowded roads. For some, however, the pain will be physical--the result of injuries and illnesses acquired in the course of their travels. As any doctor who treats these problems can tell you, many of the travelers' illnesses and injuries can be avoided.
July 23, 2001 |
It has been around for 46 years, is taken by some 8 million Americans and is the third-most commonly prescribed medication in the nation. Its manufacturer calls it the "quintessential old drug." So when the Food and Drug Administration blasted the makers of Synthroid in a nine-page letter in April, reciting a long history of quality-control problems, it threw a nation of thyroid patients, their doctors and many a pharmacist into a tizzy.
July 6, 2001 |
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's wife, Hannelore, was found dead Thursday at the family home in Oggersheim. Letters left for her husband, sons and friends indicated that she had taken her own life to escape the pain of a rare illness that made her allergic to sunlight.
July 5, 2001 |
Drug maker Eli Lilly last week inadvertently divulged the e-mail addresses of some patients with depression, bulimia or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the Washington Post reported, quoting company executives. A June 27 e-mail message listed the addresses of more than 600 people who had signed up for an Internet service provided by Lilly to send them reminders about taking the company's Prozac medicine or attending to other matters.
October 23, 2000 |
Talk about never being free of your kids: New research shows that fetal cells from a years-ago pregnancy can persist in a woman's body and sometimes may cause disease. According to studies being done at the Tufts University Medical School in Boston, thyroid disorders such as tumors are often made up of foreign cells, apparently fetal cells that remain alive in the women's bodies for decades.
January 28, 2000 |
Last year U.S. women spent more than $4 billion on artificial fingernails, and business appears to be booming right into the new century. But underneath that glossy veneer is a chaotic scene of unanswered health questions, brutal competition and even claims of racism. At issue is a chemical called methyl methacrylate, or MMA.
January 3, 2000 |
Brenda Blackburn had been feeling more tired than she could ever remember. At first, the 50-year-old Harford County, Md., woman attributed the debilitating fatigue to her diabetes, but it only got worse. Finally she couldn't walk up and down stairs without weakness and exhaustion. Her physician, endocrinologist James Mersey, tested her thyroid, the gland responsible for regulating the body's metabolism, to determine how well it was functioning.
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August 12, 1999
Analysis of hair from President Andrew Jackson suggests that many of his chronic disorders were caused by exposure to lead and mercury, but that he probably didn't die from heavy metal poisoning as many historians have speculated. Jackson suffered excessive salivation, rapid tooth loss, colic, diarrhea, pallor, hand tremor, irritability, paranoia, violent mood swings and chronic kidney failure--all of which could be caused by exposure to mercury and lead. Dr. Ludwig M.
June 21, 1999 |
You've got a pain right there, in your second toe. You could have a mallet toe, hammer toe or a claw toe. Let's explain. Each of your four smaller toes has three bones. The toes normally lie flat, but pressure on the toes or the front of the foot can cause one or more joints (where two bones connect) to bend. This curls the toe. The result: the mallet, hammer or claw toe. * With a mallet toe, the joint nearest the tip of the toe is bent. * With a hammer toe, the middle joint is bent.