September 4, 1994 |
"It's not the end of the world," the doctor concluded. But that's how it felt. I had been back from Russia only two weeks with my newly adopted son, Benjamin, a robust 3-year-old. The trip had been difficult, and the adjustment at once thrilling and exhausting. I was grateful to have such a beautiful child in my life, and relieved that we had returned home safely to a new beginning: for me, for him, and for his sister, Barra, who had arrived from Calcutta in 1987 at the age of 3 months.
August 31, 1998 |
The analysis of St. John's wort commissioned by The Times examined whether retail products were as potent as they claimed to be. The analytical technique, called spectrophotometry, tested each product for a family of compounds known collectively as hypericin. Scientists say that hypericin is not the only, and probably not even the primary, ingredient with antidepressant activity in St. John's wort.
June 30, 1996 |
Fumie Suzuki was 21 when she was found to have leprosy. Her family locked her in a room and slid her food through the doorway. After a year, she was exiled to an isolated leprosarium. Alone, she made the journey to a colony to which no roads led, stumbling on her weak, nerve-damaged legs. Her mother's parting words were: "Never come back. And die quickly."
July 18, 2005 |
Brad Margus was making a killing in the shrimp business and living happily in South Florida with his wife and three young boys. Then his two youngest were diagnosed with a fatal genetic brain disorder that's as rare as it is unpronounceable. It's called ataxia-telangiectasia, better known as "A-T," and it afflicts about 500 youngsters in the United States.
July 22, 2002 |
When a recent study found that a popular knee operation was only as good as a placebo for arthritis, some sufferers misconstrued the results, assuming that no surgery would help them. Doctors are now trying to reassure people this isn't the case.
February 25, 2005 |
A tracheostomy like that undergone by Pope John Paul II on Thursday is a relatively common procedure among the elderly who are sick and having difficulty breathing, experts said Thursday, and it can be even more beneficial to Parkinson's disease patients, such as the pontiff, whose breathing is already impaired. "The immediate benefit is that it reduces the amount of air you have to move [with your lungs] with every breath by 50%," said Dr.
March 13, 2013 |
The 911 call last month that led to an emergency dispatcher begging workers at a Bakersfield senior living facility to perform CPR on a woman captured the attention of the public. A staff worker told the dispatcher it was against the facility's policy to intervene. The woman, Lorraine Bayless, died. It is difficult to understand how liability concerns could dissuade anyone from helping a person in distress. However, this stark event should awaken us to another question: Should we be performing CPR on 87-year-olds in a community setting such as a senior home?
December 21, 2009 |
In a sense, the 2 million plus Americans with celiac disease are lucky. No other autoimmune disease has such a safe and effective treatment. Purging the diet of gluten -- the protein in wheat, rye and barley that triggers an immune reaction in the gut -- can reverse the disease and reduce intestinal inflammation. That's important, because studies now show that the consequences of untreated celiac disease are graver than previously thought, causing anemia, arthritis, osteoporosis, hepatitis, neurological problems and even malignancies, as well as increased general mortality.
April 27, 2001 |
A key study pointing to the effectiveness of high-dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants in treating metastatic breast cancer was based on faked data, cancer experts said Thursday. The American Society of Clinical Oncology announced that an unscrupulous South African researcher, Dr. Werner Bezwoda, has led thousands of women with breast cancer to undergo expensive, debilitating and often fatal bone marrow transplants.
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March 28, 1999 |
Giving the gift of life just about killed bone marrow donor Lina Joy. In a rare complication to an increasingly common procedure, Joy, 44, of Paramount, contracted a staph infection in her marrow after the tissue was extracted from her pelvis at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange two years ago. The ensuing treatment--including 65 days of hospitalization--brought her near death several times. She suffered liver, colon and kidney failure, and fell into a deep coma.