June 24, 1989 |
Imagine that the skin on your hands has been slowly peeled off. Then imagine the raw tissue is exposed to the sun for hours. This is how Patty Dicker, 41, of Newport Beach describes the pain caused by fibromyalgia, an often-misdiagnosed and little-researched disease from which she has suffered for 11 years. Also called fibrositis, the affliction is most common to women (one male for every 10 female victims) and is one of the most prevalent, debilitating and painful forms of arthritis, afflicting an estimated 3 million people in the United States alone.
January 25, 2012 |
Demi Moore isn't the first celebrity to be hospitalized with what has been described in numerous media reports as exhaustion, and she won't be the last. But is exhaustion a true medical condition, or a euphemism for something else? It can be the real deal, says Dr. Kent Shoji, an emergency room physician at Marina del Rey Hospital . Think of it as an umbrella condition for a number of possible symptoms that cause the body (and sometimes the mind) to become completely run down, so much so that it requires a trip to the doctor or the ER. "If you look at the body as a system," he says, "any type of stressors that someone has to compensate for can really affect the overall well-being and health of an individual.
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February 15, 1998
Major kudos to Dade Hayes on his piece on "drum therapy" ("Beating the Competition," Feb. 8). As a "good kid" growing up in Inglewood, I had "symptoms" that would now be classified as attention deficit disorder symptoms. My mother knew there was nothing wrong with me--I just finished my work early and was bored and chose to "disrupt the class" (my second-grade teacher's words). By starting me on the drums as a privilege, I not only found an outlet for my energy, but it built self-esteem as well.
September 8, 2009 |
A swine flu outbreak at Washington State University that is suspected of sickening at least 2,200 students may be tapering off, a campus health official said. Dr. Dennis Garcia said 40 to 50 students a day have reported flu symptoms this weekend. That's down from roughly 150 a day last week. Garcia noted that many students had gone home for the Labor Day weekend, but there are still signs the outbreak may have peaked.
September 8, 1991
Re "Stress Found to Be Prime Suspect in Colds Mystery," front page, Aug. 29: Apparently in the 1940s, Frank Loesser anticipated modern science's recent findings of a connection between stress, frustration and the common cold when, in "Guys and Dolls," Adelaide lamented: "It sez here in this book . . . the average unmarried female . . . due to some long frustration may react with . . . symptoms . . . affecting the upper respiratory tract!...
February 29, 2012 |
Three days after suffering a broken nose and a concussion, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Getting the OK to play was hardly an easy process. Bryant had to sucessfully complete numerous tests to prove he had no conscussion-related symptoms, including neurological, bicycle, Axon and treadmill tests as well as a game of two-on-two. But neurologist Vern Williams said Bryant "passed them all with flying colors. " Williams observed Bryant four times after a hard foul from Miami guard Dwyane Wade gave Bryant a broken nose and a concussion, including a visit less than an hour before the 7:30 p.m. tip time.
February 25, 2011 |
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a lingering psychological response to a major traumatic event. And researchers studying the condition now have a clue about its development. Hint: Women and men are different. Their study, conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress.
February 25, 2011 |
Some women may have rejoiced at the news that hot flashes early in menopause might be a good thing for their hearts. Sufferers would like to think there could be a healthy upside. But the study published Thursday in the journal Menopause doesn't explain what might be causing the link, suggesting only an association. That means more research is needed. And in the meantime, some women are just plain stuck with hot flashes -- no matter when they occur. RELATED: Hot flashes at menopause may signal a lower risk for heart attacks and stroke But we're here for those women, with helpful advice from WomensHealth.
September 5, 2009 |
President Kennedy's Addison's disease, which came to light only after his election in 1960, was most likely caused by a rare autoimmune disease, according to a Navy doctor who reviewed Kennedy's medical records. The disease, autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2, or APS 2, also caused Kennedy's hypothyroidism, according to a report published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Hard though it is to believe these days -- when a celebrity's smallest sneeze is analyzed -- Kennedy's family and advisors were able to keep his medical history virtually secret.
July 11, 2013 |
Bath salts, the synthetic drug made infamous by incidents of psychotic “zombie” attacks, is more potent and potentially addictive than methamphetamine, a study has found. Rats pressed a lever as many as 900 times in an attempt to get a dose of the powerful stimulant, nearly four times the effort they would exert to get a similar dose of highly addictive methamphetamine, according to experiments done at the Scripps Research Institute. “This has a lot more power than methamphetamine does to reinforce behavior,” said psychologist Michael A. Taffe, who specializes in addictive disorders at the La Jolla institute.