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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1999
The recent pieces by Gillian Gunn Clissold (Commentary, Jan. 8) and Wayne Smith (Opinion, Jan. 10) accurately portray the halfhearted new policy initiative on Cuba by the Clinton administration. Our relief agency is fully licensed by the U.S. government to provide medical aid to Cuba. What the new policy fails to do is allow us any better means of providing that aid. On Jan. 8, we were forced to send lifesaving medications to a pediatric hospital in Havana by buying a full-fare airline ticket through Mexico to Havana and having a staff person hand-carry an ice chest with the medicines.
January 18, 2011 |
Think your medication dosage isn't strong enough? No need to get a bigger pill -- simply move it around in your belly. With magnets. That's the idea behind technology that was explored in a paper published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Swallowing pills may be less unpleasant than getting a shot, but pills are a bit difficult to control once they enter the gastrointestinal tract. The body absorbs more or less medicine depending on where the pill is. Ideally, pills could be guided to whichever spot would yield the most effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 |
In a major case of academic poaching involving crosstown rivals, USC has lured away two prominent neuroscientists from UCLA with a promise to expand their internationally renowned lab that uses brain imaging techniques to study Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, autism and other disorders. Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson will move to the USC Keck School of Medicine campus next fall, along with scores of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staffers who now work at UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, known as LONI.
November 30, 2010 |
Many over-the-counter, liquid medications meant for children contain dosing instructions and measuring cups or droppers that rarely match each other and could confuse even the most careful parent or caretaker, according to a new study. This could easily lead to under- or over-dosing, with potentially dangerous consequences, researchers said. The study, released online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., examined popular liquid cough, cold, allergy and stomach medications as well as painkillers and fever reducers, all meant for children younger than 12. More than one-quarter of the 200 products examined failed to include a measuring device, such as cup, dropper or oral syringe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1986
Dr. Bronow evades the serious issue of the day with respect to health care; that of cost. He talks about asking pharmacies to discount drugs, but not one word about physician's fees. Does he not realize that he and his greedy profession has been pricing themselves out of the market? What good is "quality medicine" if it is unaffordable? M. STEIN Sherman Oaks
July 28, 2003
Marijuana reduces pain and nausea while stimulating the appetite. This makes it an excellent medicine for certain types of diseases, a point the author of "A Haze of Misinformation Clouds Issue of Medical Marijuana" (Commentary, July 22) seems to miss entirely. What kinds of diseases are these? Cancer (especially the symptoms of chemotherapy) and AIDS are two of the most notable. No one claims that marijuana can "cure" these diseases. But shouldn't we allow victims of these maladies to live their final days in comfort?
May 21, 1999 |
Health officials in northeastern Cambodia made an urgent appeal for medicine to fight a cholera outbreak that has killed 61 people. Antibiotics and intravenous serum have been flown into Ratanakiri province from the capital, Phnom Penh, but provincial health advisor Dr. Gerry Pais said the supplies fall far short of the need. Nongovernmental organizations have been unable to provide enough assistance to meet the shortfall, he said.
June 30, 1985
As I follow the headlines each day informing me of how our noble politicians are protecting the people by demanding strict enforcement of the death penalty, and the same venal people are demanding the heads of certain judges, I am utterly dismayed. And as I read of the gross inequities in law practiced against women and minorities in the name of a peculiar doctrine termed "reverse discrimination," and when I hear of the further erosion of the Fourth Amendment by the gutting of the exclusionary rule, I am struck with the stark difference between the twisted path of the law and the broad avenue of medicine.