| May 12, 2008
I gasped when I saw the subtitle of Thomas Graboys' new memoir, "Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia." My father, also a physician, carries these same diagnoses.
Graboys has been dealt a...
| Mar 2, 2009
When I learned recently that yet another friend had been diagnosed with cancer, I experienced my usual reaction: disbelief and sadness, followed by anger at Life In General. But for the first time, I also saw what these under-35 friends and family members...
| Sep 8, 2008
THE TATTOO machine's loud buzzing would shock the hairs on my upper arm in different directions if they hadn't just been shaved off to create a smooth surface.
A little doubt settles in my gut -- something permanent is about to be drawn on my body -- but...
| Feb 15, 2010
Yuzuro Yamamoto (not his real name) was a quiet Japanese man who knew only a handful of words in English, despite 30 years in America. He was a sturdy manual laborer, but over the last three weeks had been feeling weak.
One hand on the abdomen was all it...
| Jun 4, 2007
EXERCISING al fresco is one of the great pleasures of living in Southern California. The trees, the hills, the beach, the (sort of) fresh air can make a long run go by faster. But summer heat waves and vicious Santa Ana winds can turn refreshing outdoor...
| Jul 7, 2008
STAY home if you're sick. That's the best way to stop the spread of contagious diseases, such as influenza, tuberculosis and gastrointestinal viruses. Besides, you can't do your job capably or safely if you don't feel well. But many Americans simply tough...
| Dec 21, 2008
They were some of the most promising medicines of the 1990s -- wonder pills that appeared to fight cancer, heart disease, stroke and other ailments.
Laboratory tests and initial studies in people suggested that lowly vitamins could play a crucial role in...
| Oct 26, 2009
Ask the average healthcare worker about the biggest problem in diabetes care today and he or she will probably tell you that it's getting patients to "control" their blood sugar levels.
The concept of control is rampant in healthcare. With puffed...
| Mar 6, 2009
Today's topic: Have California's efforts to legalize and regulate medical marijuana -- including Proposition 215, the 1996 voter initiative -- been successful? Scott Imler and Stephen Gutwillig will finish their discussion on Monday.
| Nov 23, 2009
Binge eating was long seen by psychiatrists as an unusual symptom of major depression or an anxiety disorder. After all, it seemed sometimes to lessen or yield to antidepressants and psychotherapy -- both aimed primarily at treating depression or anxiety....
| Dec 7, 2009
"Don't you wish you had just slapped her in the hospital?" a good friend asked me after my daughter had recovered from a four-year battle with anorexia.
It was hard for me to hear that -- she had successfully recovered and yet I was still criticized....