| Jan 31, 2010
Everyone thought the tall, strange white man was some kind of genius. But to teenage Ernestine De Soto he was a giant pain in the neck, a nosy, "Ichabod Crane-like" character who drew her mother's attention from its rightful place -- on her.
| Jan 22, 2010
Over the last 25 years, the number of Americans turning to hospice for end-of-life care has climbed dramatically -- from 25,000 in 1982 to 1.45 million in 2008, as more and more people choose to spend their final days in the comfort of home or a patient...
| Feb 1, 2010
| 8:15 PM
Relief workers and others traveling to earthquake-stricken Haiti are being advised to get vaccinated against several potentially life-threatening illnesses.
"If you're going to Haiti, especially now, you need to be protected," said Bertie Barber,...
| Feb 3, 2010
One of the gags in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" involves Allen's neurotic alter ego (Larry David) bemoaning an ulcer. When his ridiculously young girlfriend (Evan Rachel Wood) reminds him that he doesn't have an ulcer, he retorts, "I didn't say I don'...
| Feb 8, 2010
| 10:41 AM
The odds of a third wave of pandemic H1N1 influenza hitting this spring seem to be declining, but authorities are concerned that the virus is still spreading, though at a reduced rate from its peak.
and is not disappearing as would be expected in a...
| Feb 10, 2010
| 2:11 PM
Dr. Cherlin Johnson became an Emergency Room doctor because she wanted to help people. But years of working in an ER left her frustrated because she wasn't able to give all her patients the attention they deserved.
Dr. Johnson explains how she felt...
| 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...
| Feb 17, 2010
A King County child may have spread measles to others in the Seattle area.
Local public health officials have learned the child was exposed to the disease while traveling outside the United States. The child developed a measles rash on Monday, February...
| Feb 17, 2010
More than a quarter of all U.S. children have a chronic health condition, new research suggests, a significant increase from the rate seen in earlier decades and a statistic that looms large for the nation's efforts to subdue rising healthcare costs.
| Feb 21, 2010
If you've seen the television ad for the anti-germ spray MyClyns, you no doubt remember the pivotal scene: A mom and her two kids sit at a dinner table, the little boy coughs on his sister, and mom heroically grabs the spray bottle of MyClyns. Against all...
| Feb 21, 2010
The decision to stop curative treatment and enter hospice is never easy, and it comes at a stressful time. Even once the decision is made, arranging for hospice care requires the acknowledgment of unpleasant realities, which doctors themselves may...