April 13, 2009 |
Neurofibromatosis affects one in 3,000 people. It can appear as cafe-au-lait spots and bumps under the skin, or it can lead to complications that include blindness, scoliosis and disfigurement. The Times invited readers to submit questions to Ana Rodarte's surgeons and two other medical experts. Answers were provided by physicians Michael Halls, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who helped provided Ana's care through the nonprofit Doctors Offering Charitable Services; Tena Rosser, a pediatric neurologist, and Linda Randolph, a geneticist, both with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
March 8, 2004 |
Many people who practice yoga find that not only do they sleep better and become more flexible, but they experience other health benefits as well. Those with scoliosis (a curvature of the spine) and back pain have found that the stretching and muscle conditioning involved in yoga helps relieve their discomfort. An at-home program, designed specifically for such patients, could help more people benefit from yoga.
February 11, 2002
What the doctor looks for: The screening examination for scoliosis is simple and painless. The doctor first inspects the back for any obvious deformity. Then the child is asked to lean forward, with feet together, bending 90 degrees at the waist. In this position, if a child has scoliosis, a prominent "hump" will be apparent on one side of the back.
July 30, 2001 |
Liken many mothers, Nancy Weiss is full of praise for her 16-year-old daughter, Kimberly. The Port Washington, N.Y., mother commends Kimberly's writing ability and her quick wit, but she really raves about Kimberly's long, flat back. Thirty-nine years ago, at Kimberly's age, Nancy spent a year in bed recovering from surgery with a cast that stretched from chest to hips.
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October 2, 1996 |
Charitable organizations often say volunteerism can change lives, and for Taleen Tertzakian, 17, that has proved to be true. Helping doctors in Armenia treat children with orthopedic problems this summer prompted Tertzakian, a senior at Foothill High School, to study medicine with the goal of becoming a doctor herself. "The trip pushed me to realize that," Tertzakian said. "It was a great rush for me."
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May 19, 1995
The Scoliosis Assn.'s Orange County chapter is sponsoring an informal session for teen-agers and young adults. The purpose of the session is to establish a forum for discussion of scoliosis, to share experiences and offer support for those with the condition, characterized by lateral curvature of the spine. The session will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Glendale Federal Bank, 24221 Calle de La Louisa. For more information, call (714) 830-5599 or (714) 831-6395.