CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2012 |
One year ago, California began moving certain Medi-Cal patients into a managed healthcare system with the goal of saving money while better coordinating treatment. But for some of these low-income seniors and disabled patients, the transition has been anything but smooth, forcing severely ill patients to give up their doctors, delay treatment and travel long distances for specialty care. As of this month, the state has transitioned 333,000 people, many with diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and metastatic cancer.
June 18, 2012 |
Flavocoxid--an arthritis treatment marketed as an effective counter to joint inflammation-- appears to cause "clinically significant liver injury" in some patients, and physicians should probably discourage their patients from taking it, says a new study and its accompanying editorial. Drawing on the records of 877 patients followed by the national Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, researchers publishing in the Annals of Internal Medicine cite three cases in which flavocoxid use was found to be the "very likely" cause of acute liver injury, and a fourth in which liver injury was found to be "possibly due to" flavocoxid use. All four patients recovered their full liver function after discontinuing use of flavocoxid.
February 10, 2012 |
More than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are walking around with knee replacements, a study finds, and replacement surgeries have more than doubled in the last 10 years. The study, presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco, provided a glimpse into not only how prevalent knee replacements have become, but who's having them and why. Researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Census, the National Health Interview Survey, the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and the Osteoarthritis Initiative.
January 26, 2012 |
Regular exercise can be beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis, but a study finds that two out of five people with the disease may not be active at all. The study, released Thursday in the journal Arthritis Care & Research , looked at how much physical activity was done over seven days by 176 adults age 23 to 86 who had rheumatoid arthritis. Instead of having the study participants report their activity, researchers had them wear accelerometers for a week, small devices that are fairly good measurements of physical activity and give a fuller picture of daily movement compared to pedometers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2011 |
Thanks to the conveniences of the wired world, Peter Winkler was able to write a book and find an agent and a publisher without ever having to leave his North Hollywood home. Winkler raced to produce the first biography of Dennis Hopper to come out after the actor died in May 2010. It was only when the book was on the shelves that his agent learned how he had done it. "My God, I had no idea," said Robert Diforio of Weston, Conn., who sold "Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel" to a small East Coast publisher, Barricade Books.
November 15, 2011 |
Seeing the movements of a healthy hand mirroring one's own movements plays a welcome trick on the brains of arthritis sufferers, a new study shows: It reduces the perception of pain. The observation, reported this week at the Society for Neuroscience's annual conference , could offer a safe, inexpensive means of dampening chronic pain by enlisting the brain's power of suggestion. The small arthritis study, which tested just eight subjects, comes from the lab of UC San Diego neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran -- who first used mirror-based trickery to treat phantom-limb pain in patients who have had an amputation.