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  • Psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause

    Psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause
    Frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois are being dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs, leading to tremors, dangerous lethargy and a higher risk of harmful falls or even death, a Tribune investigation has found. Thousands of...
  • Nursing home doctors untouched even as facilities are cited

    Nursing home doctors untouched even as facilities are cited
    Delores Fleming's relatives tried to keep her in her house as long as they could. But her Alzheimer's disease made that impossible. Placed in a nursing home near Decatur, Ill., she scored 23 out of 30 on a mental exam and was deemed to be "moderately...
  • Nursing homes a risky business

    Nursing homes a risky business
    When Christopher Shelton moved into Maplewood Care nursing home in Elgin, he was just 21 years old and a violent rap sheet testified to his explosive temper. Though in the prime of life, he had a disability that qualified him for nursing home care:...
  • Nursing home attacks: 1 victim's story

    Nursing home attacks: 1 victim's story
    Hobbled since childhood by a series of ailments, Troy Warfield walks with a crooked gait on plastic leg braces. At 41, he is blind in one eye, his spine is twisted by disease and his fingers are curled by severe arthritis. Warfield said he also suffers...
  • Starved for adequate care

    Anorexia nervosa struck Janell Smith, a teacher's assistant, when she was 23. The active young woman loved by her family and friends began to disappear, overtaken by a tyrannical inner voice that told her she was too fat to deserve to eat. Swallowing even...
  • Wrangling over psychiatry's bible

    Over the summer, a wrangle between eminent psychiatrists that had been brewing for months erupted in print. Startled readers of Psychiatric News saw the spectacle unfold in the journal's normally less-dramatic pages. The bone of contention: whether the...
  • Documentaries or propaganda?

    IN CASE YOU haven't noticed, documentaries are hot. No longer the domain of university film leagues and vintage un-P.C. jokes — "How many lesbians does it take to screw in a light bulb? One to turn the bulb and 20 to make a documentary about it" &#...
  • Let them eat Dodger Dogs!

    OPENING DAY at Dodger Stadium. Out on the fresh, emerald field, it was all about the RBIs and the ERAs. Me, I was down in the dim expanse beneath the right-field pavilion, where my mind is on LDLs — the bad cholesterol. I could practically hear...
  • When mental illness and civil rights collide

    When mental illness and civil rights collide
    Ten years ago, I slipped into a world of delusion. I'd had a psychotic break in March 1997, and now, like the aftershock to an earthquake, I was having a relapse. I had stopped taking my medications -- Zoloft and perphenazine -- not out of...
  • Gone with the weed

    It took decades for the Los Angeles Times to come to its current position on marijuana, supporting its medical use and advocating lenient enforcement and penalties for small-scale possession. Barring a 1914 editorial suggesting the legalization of opium...
  • 2 Dead, 28 Sick in Possible E. coli Outbreak

    2 Dead, 28 Sick in Possible E. coli Outbreak
    Two deaths and more than two dozen illnesses may be linked to fresh ground beef that has been recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination, health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said twenty-eight people may have...