CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000 |
"Have you ever tried to read a newspaper with one hand?" asked Leslie McClellan. The 68-year-old man from Gainesville, Fla., knows that it's truly an exercise in frustration. Reading a newspaper is just one of life's daily activities that is a challenge for the two-thirds of the 4 million American stroke survivors who are left physically impaired. (Former President Gerald R. Ford suffered what was called a small stroke Wednesday, but doctors said he does not seem to be significantly impaired).
August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
September 4, 2012
Re "Therapy that isn't," Opinion, Aug. 27 Let me add my voice in support of Lara Embry, a psychologist who rightly excoriates "conversion therapy" to change someone's sexual orientation. Such conversion therapies are harmful and without credibility or professional support, and we shouldn't be surprised that our society would take measures to make them illegal. The belief of the immorality of gay or lesbian behavior is purely religious. Until my retirement, I professionally engaged in supervising psychotherapists as a licensed clinical social worker and as a psychologist.
July 11, 2013 |
Italian researchers have used a defanged version of HIV to replace faulty genes - and eliminate devastating symptoms - in children suffering two rare and fatal genetic diseases. Improved gene therapy techniques prevented the onset of metachromatic leukodystrophy in three young children and halted the progression of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome in three others. The advance represents a major stride for a field that has struggled to translate experimental successes in lab animals into safe and effective treatments for people, experts said.
January 22, 2012 |
There is a great deal of music in the world, and no one knows exactly why. But it does have its ready uses. The music business can make you rich and famous. The pianist Christopher O'Riley admitted in The Times last week what a lot of classical musicians won't: He learned the piano, at least in part, to attract the attention of girls. As I write this, a sparkling new recording of Tod Machover's "Sparkler," an infectious overture for orchestra and live electronics, is playing on my stereo and making itself useful.
May 17, 2012
Gay conversion "therapy" is ineffective and harmful, The Times acknowledges in a May 11 editorial . Still, the editorial board opposes a bill in the state Senate to protect Californians from this dangerous practice. I was a gay teenager in a deeply fundamentalist Christian household, desperate to escape what I was taught was the shame and sin of my sexual orientation. A psychotherapist promised me and my parents that he could make me straight if I tried hard enough. I latched onto that hope, envisioning a new life in which I could be saved by God and accepted by my family. But that hope turned to despair -- deep despair that lasted for years -- when I realized I could not change who I was. My experience deepened my depression, shame and feelings of isolation, rejection and failure.