February 16, 2012 |
It can be swallowed, injected, inhaled or delivered to the bloodstream through a time-release implant. Now scientists say they have devised a new way to give patients their medicine: through a fingertip-size microchip embedded in the body that doctors can control remotely via a wireless connection. The drug chip, more than a dozen years in the making, was used to deliver bone-strengthening hormones to women with advanced osteoporosis who otherwise would have needed daily injections.
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February 2, 2012 |
A Pasadena woman who served 12 years in theU.S. Army, including tours of duty in Iraq, filed suit Wednesday against the Department of Veterans Affairs for denying her full disability benefits because she is married to a woman. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles by Tracey Cooper-Harris seeks a ruling that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against legally married same-sex couples. Cooper-Harris, who earned the rank of sergeant and more than 20 medals during her Army service, was honorably discharged in 2003 and married her spouse, Maggie, during the six-month period in 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California.
December 23, 2011
Romney's life Re "Romney opens up about his life," Dec. 19 Nothing speaks more poignantly about Mitt Romney than his response to his wife's multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1998. Those living with MS and other debilitating diseases and their families appreciate his candid and open sharing of one of life's greatest challenges. He and his wife, Ann, can serve our nation well as a family managing the reality that even with almost unlimited wealth, each moment in their lives is uncertain.
December 18, 2011 |
In case you've missed it, Mitt Romney is ready to dish. The famously buttoned-up presidential candidate, frequently described by voters as too aloof and wealthy to understand their problems, has long shied away from public introspection. But Romney suddenly seems determined to let America in — delving into his faith and personal life on the campaign trail while engaging in a dizzying series of interviews that will be capped with an appearance Monday night on "Late Show with David Letterman.
September 30, 2011 |
South East's 31-28 victory over Garfield on Friday night did more than give the Jaguars their first victory in the history of an Eastern League rivalry that has spanned seven years. It also served as a tribute to two South East players who were sidelined after a tumultuous week. Running back-linebacker Gerardo Leos is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Offensive lineman Jorge Garcia was sliced in the arm Friday morning while assisting a female classmate who was fatally wounded in a campus stabbing . "We've always said this game was going to be for them," said South East cornerback Juan Nevarez, who made two big plays to preserve the victory.
September 29, 2011 |
The right arm that had helped carry Gerardo Leos onto the varsity football team as a sophomore was numb. The right leg that had helped earn him the nickname "Tasmanian devil" was weak. It was July, and the normally fleet linebacker-running back from South East High in South Gate was seemingly stuck in slow motion. He could barely lift one of his legs over a set of ropes during practice drills. "I knew there was something wrong," said Derwin Henderson, Leos' coach, "because he's a really quick kid and he's always first in line.
August 10, 2011 |
The controversial theory that treatment to improve blood flow in the brain can improve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis has failed yet another test. The theory, called Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency Therapy, involves using angioplasty to improve blood flow in the veins draining the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis is caused by an inflammation of the myelin sheaths that surround nerve axons and protect them. In 2008 an Italian researcher, Paolo Zamboni, suggested that symptoms of the disease can be improved by restoring blood flow in the brain to alleviate inflammation.
July 20, 2011 |
It's not enough to bring a new medication to market -- the cost-effectiveness of the drug must be considered as well. A study finds there is a high price for some drugs used to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis compared with medications that treat other chronic diseases. The study, released Wednesday online in the journal Neurology , looked at statistics on 844 people over 10 years. The participants had relapsing MS, a common form of the disease. Researchers noted who was taking FDA-approved disease-modifying therapies for MS and also looked at the cost of hospital care and office visits, diagnostic tests, health aides and providers, nursing home care and lost work time.
July 6, 2011 |
Breast-feeding is often encouraged for women with multiple sclerosis. It's not only good nutrition for the baby, studies have suggested it may protect the mother against a relapse of the disease. A study published Wednesday casts doubt on that assertion, however. Researchers followed 298 women with multiple sclerosis for one year after delivery. About one-third of the women breast-fed their babies for at least two months and the remaining did not breast-feed or only did so for a very short time.
June 9, 2011 |
A shingles outbreak can nearly quadruple the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in the following year, but the overall risks remain small, Chinese researchers reported Thursday. Viruses are thought to play a role in triggering MS, and herpes zoster virus, which causes shingles, is one of the viruses previously implicated. But the new results reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases are the first to quantify the risk. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of the myelin sheaths that enclose nerves and prevent them from short-circuiting.