July 5, 2010 |
Despite modern medicine's pharmacy, chock-full of pain medicines, popping pills fails to stop many kinds of pain. Thus, for certain kinds of debilitating pain, many doctors and patients turn to technology instead of pharmacology — electronic devices that confuse the pain signal before you even feel it. Tiny wires implanted in the spinal cord can deliver electronic pulses that eliminate pain in two-thirds to three-quarters of patients deemed...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1988 |
Restoring sensation and use to limbs paralyzed by nerve damage has been one of medicine's greatest challenges. Although physicians can reattach severed or crushed nerves by using microsurgery techniques, such a damaged limb rarely fully recovers. Scar tissue often blocks the patch of the nerve sensations, and the nerve endings themselves rarely reattach themselves properly.
October 26, 1994 |
Ron Mass' appearance lays bare what he has endured. The skin on his face is smoother now, no longer the charcoal black it was before the grafts or the blotchy red that followed. His arms are a donors' medley of white, pink and brown. And from a distance the bandage over his chest looks like a T-shirt. The Nov. 2 brush fire that raged through Topanga Canyon seared 90% of his body.
February 2, 1989 |
"Hit me--I need the money." If you're one of the people who drive around with those words affixed to your bumper, we have to talk. In 1986-87, the most recent period for which numbers are available, 90,839 people in California filed suit after automobile accidents. According to Patty Lombard, a spokeswoman for the Western Insurance Information Service in Tustin, the figure includes injury, death and property damage claims. That works out to an average of 16.
March 8, 2004 |
Researchers have found a whole new level of damage in babies born to mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy -- this time to the nerves in their arms and legs. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, is the first to look beyond the well-known damage to the brain and spinal cord in babies of mothers who drink and to find damage outside the central nervous system.
January 21, 2006 |
Impotence drugs such as Viagra and Cialis can increase the risk of eye damage in men who have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In a small study, scientists at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that men who had suffered a heart attack were 10 times more likely to have a form of optic nerve damage called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy if they had been taking anti-impotence pills.
April 24, 1992 |
There was no reading, writing or arithmetic Thursday morning at Joshua Tree Elementary School, a dusty collection of prefabricated buildings overlooking one of the many earthquake faults that crisscross this high desert outpost. Nearly half of the school's 750 boys and girls never showed up for class, their parents too afraid to let them out of their sight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 |
A Florida surgeon accused Rampart Division police officers Tuesday of pulling him over on the Santa Monica Freeway last month because he is black and handcuffing him so tightly that he suffered nerve damage in his wrists. Dr. Angelo E. Gousse, a urology specialist who also teaches at the University of Miami medical school, filed a claim Tuesday against the Los Angeles Police Department, accusing officers of racial profiling and excessive force.
June 21, 1992 |
A man in his early 70s hadn't spoken in two years, for reasons unknown to his doctors. Then Connie Tomaino, a music therapist, noticed he was listening to the Yiddish folk songs she played for him and her other neurologically impaired geriatric patients. Soon, whenever she played the folk songs he began to cry. Then he started to hum along with the music. After two months he began to speak.