May 10, 2011 |
Many patients receive repeat colonoscopies more quickly than are recommended by screening guidelines, increasing the risk that they will have rare, but significant, adverse outcomes from the tests, researchers reported this week. In a separate study, another group of researchers showed that many elderly who are sick or debilitated from other illnesses receive colonoscopies despite the fact that the procedures are probably not beneficial and may cause problems. Colonoscopies involve inserting a telescope-like instrument through the rectum to examine the interior of the small and large bowels so that doctors can look for polyps that are a precursor of colorectal cancer.
July 26, 2013 |
Mary Southwick was 34 when she developed pain on the bottom of one foot. After seeing a neurologist who said she had a nerve injury caused by dancing, she developed thrombophlebitis and was admitted to the hospital. An intern underdosed her heparin (blood thinner), and she suffered a large blood clot in a lung. This was soon followed by a heart attack, then respiratory failure, renal failure and shock. Her physician husband interceded and transferred her care to a trusted cardiologist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1995
A strong exception is taken to the article in the Oct. 14 Orange County edition ("New to the Joint: Cartilage Growth Method Offers Knee Patients Relief") regarding joint cartilage transplantation. This article touted the positive aspects of this procedure, in which defects in cartilage of the knee have been filled with laboratory-grown cartilage cells but failed to point out the experimental nature and possible negative aspects of the treatment. The hype for this procedure stems from a Swedish study in which 16 cases were performed.
May 17, 1989
A Your Wheels column on May 4 recommended a method for combating mold in automobile air conditioners. The process, suggested by an allergist who had safely used it in the past, involved mixing vinegar and household bleach and placing the solution in a pan in a car. Several academic and industry experts have since raised objections to the procedure, saying it could cause irritation in some individuals. In the worst case, the experts said, the vinegar-bleach mixture could produce harmful or irritating fumes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1996 |
Oregon researchers are preparing to begin human trials of a new, nonsurgical technique to prevent pregnancies. The procedure involves inserting small metal coils into the Fallopian tubes through a tiny catheter. The coils interfere with the movement of eggs and sperm, blocking pregnancy. Dr. Amy Thurmond told a meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology that they had successfully performed the painless procedure on 13 of 14 women who were undergoing hysterectomies.
March 9, 1990
It is with complete and total disbelief that I read about the abominable procedure encouraged by Dr. Philip J. DiSaia of tearing out the ovaries of women over 35 years of age if there is a history of ovarian cancer in their immediate family ("When TV and Life Part Company," Feb. 27). How does he know if a woman can tolerate replacement estrogen therapy after this barbaric procedure is inflicted on her? Nothing replaces the role of one's natural ovaries. Endocrinologists are just finding out the role natural hormones play in the quality of our lives.
January 12, 2002
Re "Veteran Pilot's Fatal Nose Dive Perplexes Family and Officials," Jan. 8: Pilots who do dumb things give the entire industry a bad name. A person wouldn't try to start his or her car without putting the key in the ignition. Deploying the landing gear on a plane prior to landing is just that elemental. There is a set procedure to flying. Follow the procedure and flying is as safe as riding a bicycle. Failure to follow the procedures set down in the checklist or manual compares to playing Russian roulette.