| Jul 19, 2008
UCF officials say they notified football player Ereck Plancher that he tested positive for sickle-cell trait as part of a team physical exam. They also say they monitored his activities in workouts.
But family members and friends told the Orlando...
| Jul 19, 2008
Ereck Plancher's death has been linked to a single genetic flaw that millions of Americans share.
It's called sickle-cell trait, and many of those who have it never know they do. That's because it rarely causes symptoms and is not even considered a...
| Aug 2, 2008
The parents of UCF football player Ereck Plancher are pursuing legal action against the university with the hope no other family has to endure a similar tragedy, the Planchers' attorney J.D. Dowell said.
Plancher, a 19-year-old freshman from Naples,...
| Aug 3, 2008
Six college football players -- including UCF freshman Ereck Plancher -- have died from complications related to sickle-cell trait since 2000, prompting medical experts to emphasize the best treatment options for athletes who carry the trait.
| Sep 22, 2009
Sometime in the near future, probably in our lifetime, a patient will be able to undergo a test that will identify the biological markers of Alzheimer's disease, much like cholesterol now serves as a biomarker for heart disease. Treatment will come in the...
| Nov 2, 2009
| 1:55 PM
Buried in the controversy over whether to get the H1N1 vaccination (or even where to find one), is that one of the best ways to ward off any flu is to build up your overall immunity.
Dave Grotto, author of "101 Foods That Could Save Your Life," reveals...
| Nov 10, 2009
| 12:53 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is battling a rare form of Leukemia, but he says his long-term prognosis is good.
The 62-year-old basketball star was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia -- a...
| Nov 11, 2009
NBA's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is being treated for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a rare form of the disease.
While admitting he was fearful when he received the diagnosis last December, the basketball great said his prognosis is...
| Nov 4, 2009
Airborne, the popular dietary supplement created by a germ-averse schoolteacher, no longer boasts that it can prevent your cold or ease aggravating symptoms. Instead, the packaging says the effervescent pill helps "support your immune system."
| Nov 16, 2009
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is being treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A family member says Allen was diagnosed earlier this month and is undergoing chemotherapy now.
At a Seahawks fundraiser at Lucky Strike in Bellevue, players and fans learned...
| Nov 26, 2009
Easter morning, 2008.
Dawn Dubsky opened her eyes, her consciousness rising through a soup of painkillers and sedatives. She had been waking sporadically, and every time she did, those watching over her hospital bed shared the same bleak thought: