January 23, 2011 |
A beauty queen with no hair ? that turns expectations upside down. At the 90th Miss America competition in Las Vegas last weekend, Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, was that girl. Martell usually ? but not always ? competes for titles wearing a wig, but far from trying to hide her baldness, she uses her beauty queen status to raise awareness about alopecia areata, the autoimmune disease that caused her to lose her hair as a child. FOR THE RECORD: Women's hair loss: An article in the Image section elsewhere in this edition, about thinning hair in women, identified Dr. Monte O. Harris as being affiliated with Cultura cosmetic medical spa in Washington D.C. Harris is with the Center for Aesthetic Modernism in Chevy Chase, Md. The error was discovered after the section went to press.
July 20, 2009 |
That longtime staple of medicine cabinets, acetaminophen, appears to be under fire. Used to treat headaches, muscle aches and seemingly every other ache Americans have, the drug -- found most notably in the brand name pain reliever Tylenol -- has recently been called a potential danger to the millions of people who take it. But the drug itself hasn't changed. Nor have the number of problems associated with it. The only new element is public attention to its risks.
April 21, 1993
Fishermen never know what will start the fish biting--warmer weather, dark of the moon--but Lake Perris marina manager Charlie Lamkin notes that a surge in largemouth bass catches coincided when the Riverside County reservoir received a dose of copper sulfate to reduce algae the past week. "Maybe it was just a coincidence," Lamkin said, "but the bass really turned on."
January 6, 2002 |
They wade into cold streams with color-wheel gauges to test phosphate, nitrate and sulfate levels. They scoop sediment from stream beds, noting its color and smell. Citizen scientists, they call themselves, volunteers who keep watch over Pennsylvania's waterways. Men like Jim Haney, a 67-year-old retired environmental engineer from New Cumberland, and Bud Bankert, a 73-year-old retired biology teacher.
December 8, 1996 |
Thad and Sharon Brown and their children spend a lot of time upstairs in their $600,000 view home in the hills here. The view isn't necessarily any better, but downstairs, Brown says, is where a cancer is eating away at the very foundation of the house. Water seeping in through too-porous concrete has soaked the carpet in a guest room and the slab and foundation walls are chipping and flaking away.
May 18, 1993 |
A U.S. pharmaceutical company has agreed to produce an important tuberculosis drug that has been in critically short supply in this country for the last two years, federal health officials announced Monday. The drug, streptomycin sulfate, which is given by injection, will be manufactured by Pfizer Inc., of New York, under a special application recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Production should end a shortage that began in mid-1991 after the last U.S.