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  • Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools
    Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...
  • Let's end the wasteful war on drugs by putting science first

    Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And...
  • You may -- or may not -- need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • Yeah, the VA scandal is dismaying. But don't spike the ball on government health care yet, conservatives

     
    From the Sunday print column Yes, the Veterans Affairs scandal is bad. Fraudulent record-keeping designed to cover up intolerable wait times for health care. Scores of patients who reportedly died while awaiting medical services. And therefore, yes, an...
  • Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should

    It's terrible to imagine, but what would you do if someone in your home suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? After calling 911, most people feel helpless after witnessing such an event, which is usually due to a cardiac arrest (see "What is cardiac...
  • Beware of dietary supplements that could potentially be harmful

    Americans spend more than $32 billion on 85,000 different dietary supplements every year. These products contain various combinations of vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, and other substances. The manufacturers claim that their products enhance health,...
  • Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation

    Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation
    Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last...
  • Simple changes can help you fall asleep without drugs

    Q: I have a hard time falling asleep. I tried an over-the-counter sleep drug, but I didn't like the way it made me feel the next morning. I don't want to take anymore drugs. What can I do naturally to help me fall asleep? A: Too often, people reach for a...
  • Clock ticks in Jahi McMath case; experts say court clash went too far

    OAKLAND — As the clock ticks toward a 5 p.m. deadline for Children's Hospital Oakland to remove a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead from a ventilator, experts in medical and legal ethics say there are no “gray areas” in the case and...
  • Saturated fat's role (or non-role) in the New Year's diet resolution

    Saturated fat's role (or non-role) in the New Year's diet resolution
    Saturated fat’s bad, bad image—the evil ingredient that supposedly makes people fat and keeps them that way, while clogging our blood vessels and raising our cardiovascular risk—has been getting a bit of a makeover. That shouldn’...
  • Hospital says conditions must be met for Jahi McMath's transfer

    OAKLAND — After an eleventh-hour court order was issued that will keep 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator until Jan. 7, a hospital spokesman said the facility will work with the family to help transfer the girl to nursing care — if...