March 2, 1998 |
A 10-year-old boy's imagination can soar, especially when he's left at home alone, in bed. Kestutis Nakas re-creates that period of his life in "Rheumatic Fever: A Love Story," a solo performance seen over the weekend at Highways. Nakas, the son of Lithuanian emigres who settled in Mesa, a suburb southeast of Phoenix, was 10 when President Kennedy was shot.
July 2, 2007 |
In 1842, the English writer Sydney Smith wrote, "Gout is the only enemy that I do not wish to have at my feet." Anyone who has suffered a painful attack of gouty arthritis would probably agree. Gout is the result of an imbalance between the production and excretion of urate, the metabolic end product of dietary purines that are found in abundance in animal proteins. If blood levels of urate rise high enough, the chemical can settle as crystallized deposits in joints.
October 16, 1986 |
Elderly people in the south Chinese city of Canton are swinging to pop music to relieve aches and pains on the advice of doctors who say disco dancing can help ease rheumatism, according to a Chinese newspaper. The Nanfang Ribao, published in Canton, said a hospital organized disco classes this week as part of a therapy program. More than 300 people, most of them in their 60s and 70s, joined the class on the first day, the paper said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1989 |
Rheumatic fever, which had all but vanished in this country, could be making a comeback, doctors said Thursday. Outbreaks among children and adults "suggest the potential for resurgence of this illness," according to a report published by San Diego researchers in this week's Journal of the American Medical Assn. Rheumatic fever, still common in developing countries, is caused by strep throat, or Group A streptococcus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1988 |
Rheumatic fever appears to be making a strong comeback among children in several U.S. cities, and an expert attributes that to the emergence of dangerous strains of sore throat bacteria. The outbreaks of rheumatic fever--which is caused by group A streptococcus bacteria, the germs responsible for strep throat--follow decades of steady decline.
February 22, 1987 |
A recent outbreak of rheumatic fever in Utah demonstrates that the disease "remains an important threat" in the United States, despite a dramatic decline in the number of cases over the last 30 years, doctors warned. Researchers at the University of Utah Medical School said their findings show vigilance is still needed to combat the disease, which usually develops in children with strep throat and can cause life-threatening heart disorders. "Rheumatic fever is still a problem," Dr. Herbert D.