December 21, 2009 |
With at least two flus and plenty of colds, coughs and sore throats circulating this season, some Americans are turning to zinc to ward off viruses. Lozenges, supplements and nasal sprays that contain the mineral claim to boost immunity, and there is some evidence that they might do so. In an effort to stay well, though, we might be making ourselves sick. Consistently taking excessive FOR THE RECORD: Dietitian's name: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of dietitian Ruth Frechman as Frenchman.
September 18, 2013 |
This year, 36.6 million people will be admitted to U.S. hospitals. Each patient will stay an average of 4.8 days, and the cost for all those hospitalizations will reach into the billions. Is all that time spent in hospitals good for patients? Hospitals, of course, are vital institutions that save lives. When someone needs intensive, around-the-clock care, there is no substitute. But as physicians and hospital staffs know well, the longer a patient stays in a hospital, the more perilous the hospitalization can become.
July 26, 2009 |
Cartoonists invoked plenty of inflamed invective to inform a healthy debate on the healthcare reform battle. Mike Lester's O.R. Obama is no smooth operator. (Scalpel! Clamp! Jackhammer!) Tony Auth's elephant in the nursery had a sick, infanticide fantasy. (Mask! Gloves! Pillow!) And Rob Rogers' throwback family displayed one giant misplaced leap of faith in mankind. (Hope! Change! Disappointment!) -- Joel Pett
February 11, 2008 |
AS they seek to document and demystify one of life's great thrills, scientists have run across some real head-scratchers. How, for example, can they explain the fact that some men and women who are paralyzed and numb below the waist are able to have orgasms? How to explain the "orgasmic auras" that can descend at the onset of epileptic seizures -- sensations so pleasurable they prompt some patients to refuse antiseizure medication? And how on Earth to explain the case of the amputee who felt his orgasms centered in that missing foot?
January 17, 2013
Re "First the cat, now the health system sinks teeth in me," Column, Jan. 15 I am sorry about that horrible ordeal David Lazarus experienced, including his problems with the money side of our healthcare system. However, I am concerned that one of the aspects of Obamacare that Lazarus supports will have doctors making more money by not treating patients. If a doctor gets a fixed amount to treat you (say, $8,000) and "pockets" the amount not spent, then who is to say that he will treat you to the fullest extent?
October 17, 2011 |
The line between candy and medicine can be a fine one, at least when it comes to looks, a study finds. Researchers tested 30 kindergarten students and 30 teachers to see if they could distinguish popular candies from over-the-counter medicines. And although you might be thinking you could tell the difference, even the adults didn't get it right 100% of the time. The students guessed correctly on average 70.5%, while teachers averaged 77.6% correct answers. Students who could read (these were kindergartners, remember)