October 16, 1992 |
Gladys Thomas, who is battling ovarian cancer, has received a powerful ally in her fight against the insurance company that has refused to pay for her treatment with a new cancer drug. The company, Manulife Financial, says that her policy does not cover experimental drugs such as the one Thomas is receiving, Taxol. Thomas is receiving the drug only because she has already undergone two surgeries and conventional chemotherapy. She says her insurance should cover the treatments.
February 17, 1994 |
Using drug therapy and other less invasive procedures for treating heart disease could save lives and pare an estimated $9 billion from America's $930 billion health-care tab, according to a study released yesterday. The study of more than 100,000 patients treated for heart disease in 1992 found that, in less-seriously ill patients, using drug therapy and balloon angioplasty instead of coronary bypass surgery might have resulted in 6,343 fewer deaths. "Many of these deaths may well have been avoided," wrote the authors, the Washington-based Bureau of National Affairs, and HCIA Inc., of Baltimore.
October 18, 2012 |
About three years ago, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin felt an orange-sized lump in her breast while weaning her third child. She figured she had a blocked milk duct or maybe an infection. She never dreamed it could be breast cancer. But she soon discovered that the conventional wisdom about the disease - who gets it, when, and why - does not apply to the aggressive subtype known as "triple negative. " "I thought when you were pregnant and nursing you were protected," recalled Griffin, 43, who blogged about her battle against triple negative cancer at jengriffinblog.blogspot.com.
November 30, 1996
Thanks primarily to new drugs, life expectancy for people infected with HIV has doubled in recent years. "Many people with AIDS," says Alan F. Holmer of the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, "are going back to work or to school and making plans for the future they didn't think they had. " Good news, certainly, on the eve of World AIDS Day (tomorrow), but not good enough. Drug therapy is extremely expensive, demand for the new treatments has strained Medicaid budgets and state-run AIDS drug-assistance programs, and the drugs don't work for everybody.
August 4, 1992 |
STAR SEARCH Where is this year's Mary Lou Retton? Here we are, halfway through the Barcelona Olympics, and advertising talent spotters still haven't found a new, young athletic face to sell soft drinks, cereal, hamburgers or sneakers. The pitchmeisters are eying gymnast Shannon Miller; swimmers Pablo Morales, Mark Barrowman and Anita Nall; diver Mark Lenzi, and decathlete Dave Johnson. But none of them yet is an undisputed new superstar, and Brian J. Murphy, publisher and editor of the Sports Marketing Letter, says: "It may be that no one . . . emerges.
June 15, 2012 |
In the long, lethal history of the AIDS epidemic, only one human has ever conclusively beaten the disease: Timothy Brown. A gay American man in Berlin, Brown was on the brink of death from leukemia and HIV in 2006 when he was given a novel treatment that rebooted his immune system, simultaneously curing him of both diseases. Now 46, Brown has since been poked, prodded, and tested by experts around the world, and been declared healthy, albeit with lingering side effects from his care.
June 19, 1988 |
Jacqueline Watts of Horsham is confident that her daughter Nicole will undergo treatment as planned in California for her rare disease - despite an unexpected setback. Nicole, 3, has hollow visceral myopathy, which prevents muscles from pushing waste from her body. She had been scheduled to begin experimental treatment for the condition on July 17 in California. However, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen, manufacturer of the experimental drug Cisapride used in the treatment, have withdrawn its use in patients who suffer from seizures.
June 24, 1990 |
Don't take any drug for granted, health experts say. "Remember they all have their downsides," said Dr. Robert Temple of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Safe for a drug means that the adverse effects of the drug are outweighed by the benefits. " To protect yourself, Public Citizen Health Research Group, a Washington advocacy group, recommends: Be alert for any adverse reactions. Assume any new symptom you develop after starting a new drug may be caused by the drug.
May 29, 1991 |
Q: I have severe scar tissue in my lungs. I'm a 69-year-old female and have smoked in excess of one pack per day for 45 years. I've been on Brethine, Choledyl and Atrovent for five years, and worry about side effects. A: As a result of your heavy cigarette consumption, you appear to have developed a chronic lung disorder. I'll venture that you have emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic pulmonary inflammation in addition to, or as a cause of, your pulmonary scarring. Evidently, your doctor has chosen to deal with the treatable aspects of your disease, a wise choice inasmuch as the scarring itself is permanent and incurable.
October 21, 1992 |
Q: I have a problem with a "trigger finger. " When I awaken in the morning it is bent upon itself and it's very painful to straighten. Can you tell me the origin of this condition and what can be done to alleviate it? A: Having just recovered from a bout of "trigger finger," I can sympathize with your frustration. Put simply, this condition is a partial dislocation of a finger (or thumb) joint caused by an inflamed tendon, resulting from repetitive hand activity. When the tendon becomes irritated, it also becomes swollen, rough and sore.