December 13, 1992 |
Diagnosed with leukemia and cancer of the blood (T-cell lymphoma) two years ago, 14-year-old Sandor Bodo has become a kind of involuntary expert on pain management. "Spinal taps aren't painful for me anymore, because I learned this relaxation technique from a friend who taught me to put a pillow at my stomach and curl your body around it," said Bodo, whose cancer is in remission. "Then you can't even feel it.
October 4, 1990 |
Memorial Medical Center this week began immunizing all patients under 15 years of age against measles because of an almost 88% increase in the number of cases in Long Beach since last year. The surge in measles cases has been especially notable among Latinos. "It's important for us to minimize the risk (of infection) to all patients and visitors," said hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson. "If (a child) comes here for a hernia, we don't want (him) going home with the measles."
May 5, 1991 |
Contrary to many expectations, older heart attack patients enrolled in health maintenance organizations received better medical care than similar patients treated by private doctors, according to a new study from the UCLA Medical Center and the Santa Monica-based RAND Corp. The results, announced Saturday in Seattle at a meeting of the American Federation for Clinical Research, reinforce studies over the past decade.
January 12, 2011 |
The medical consensus on whether to give antibiotics to young children with ear infections has been swinging from one extreme to the other as conflicting clinical trials have pushed pediatricians first toward widespread use of the drugs, then toward a "watch and wait" approach in which most infections seem to clear up on their own. Two new trials reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine are nudging the pendulum back toward treatment...
August 18, 2004 |
Vitamin E supplements ward off colds in the elderly and may help some seniors avoid upper-respiratory infections that can prove deadly, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In a study of 617 nursing home patients aged 65 or older, those who swallowed a vitamin E supplement daily had significantly fewer common colds and a 20% overall lower risk of catching a cold, the researchers found.
March 26, 2013 |
The long-awaited results of a study gauging the benefits of a controversial heart disease therapy have once more pitted the alternative medicine community against mainstream cardiologists. A clinical trial that cost taxpayers $30 million and took researchers more than a decade to complete suggests that chelation -- the removal of heavy metals from the body -- may offer some benefits to patients who have suffered a heart attack . But those findings were immediately discounted by the editors of the influential journal that published the study's findings.