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Strep Throat Linked To Obsessive Behavior

Strep throat might trigger some childhood cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder, suggesting penicillin could help some kids with the psychiatric condition, a researcher says. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, have …


Agency Reorganizes Liver Transplant Priorities People With Best Chance Of Survival Will Be At Head Of List

People suffering from long-term liver failure of the sort often seen in alcoholics and drug addicts will no longer be first in line for new organs. The shift, approved Thursday …


A Promise For Gulf War Vets

President Clinton promised Persian Gulf War veterans Monday the government will keep searching for an explanation of the illnesses that many of them have suffered. “There are mysteries still unanswered, …


Sinatra Released From Hospital

Frank Sinatra was discharged Saturday from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been admitted eight days ago for what his publicist said was a pinched nerve. “He is very happy …


Medical Team Says Yeltsin’s Vital Signs Stable After Move To Kremlin

President Boris Yeltsin, recovering from a heart bypass operation, is getting more exercise following his transfer from intensive care to the Kremlin hospital, his doctors said today. Yeltsin’s medical team …


Carcinogens In Grass Smoke Ewu Researcher Details Harmful Chemicals

FOR THE RECORD: 11-12-96 Due to an Eastern Washington University researcher’s error, grass smoke samples reported as collected in 1993 were actually gathered in 1991. The Spokesman-Review reported Saturday on …


Recuperating Yeltsin Anxious To Get Back To Work

A day after his quintuple heart bypass, Boris Yeltsin reasserted his tenacious grip on power and demanded a report Wednesday on what went on while he was unconscious. He nagged …


Women With Healthiest Bones Have Higher Breast Cancer Risk

A study of 6,854 white women aged 65 or older found that those who had the strongest, healthiest bones and thus were at the lowest risk of getting osteoporosis - …


Yeltsin’s 7-Hour Surgery A Success, Doctors Say Russian President In Stable Condition After Operation To Clear Five Clogged Arteries

President Boris Yeltsin underwent a seven-hour operation Tuesday to circumvent five clogged arteries supplying blood to his heart. Surgeons and Kremlin officials announced that the operation had been a success …


Yeltsin Undergoes Heart Surgery

Russians held their breath today as President Boris N. Yeltsin handed control of this stumbling superpower to his prime minister, then slipped into the nether world of anesthesia for a …


Drug Relieves Arthritis Pain Patients Praise Experimental ‘Monkey Juice’

Feeling spry again 1. Retired millworker Ray Hansen suffers from the constant pain of rheumatoid arthritis. He participated in an experimental drug program and says the pain eased and his …


Arthritis Drug Called Miracle In Spokane Test Genetically Engineered Treatments Restore Joys Of Life To Area Recipients

1. “I feel wonderful. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to feel this good,” says Lindagail Dixon. Dr. Scott Baumgartner has been treating Dixon in a study …


Outbreak May Prompt Juice Review Health Officials Considering Pasteurization Of Juices

An outbreak of E. coli bacterial poisoning thought to be caused by a health food fruit juice sold in seven Western states has prompted some federal and state health officials …


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Yeltsin’s Doctors Ready; Debakey On His Way

“Everything is ready” for Boris Yeltsin’s heart operation, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin said Saturday as the president’s doctors prepared to fix an exact date for the surgery. The six-to-eight-hour coronary …


E. Coli Cases Are Traced To Fruit Juice Odwalla Inc. Recalls Beverages Made With Fresh Apple Juice After Outbreak

Health officials said Wednesday that 10 cases of E. coli bacterial contamination, including at least nine in children, have been traced to fruit juice made by Odwalla Inc., a company …


Smooth Operators Surgical Assistants, With Not A Stitch Of Licensing, Scrub Up And Cash In

Who performed your last hospital operation? Stupid question, right? Not necessarily. Increasingly, a little-known professional who can suture, retract and clamp as long as he or she is under the …


Yeltsin’s Surgery Likely Soon

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin’s heart is stronger and his internal bleeding has stopped, apparently clearing the way for his coronary bypass operation as early as next week, a consulting …


Sonny Bono In Hospital

Rep. Sonny Bono has been hospitalized for treatment of a bleeding ulcer, apparently brought on by aspirin or ibuprofen, his spokesman said Friday. The 61-year-old Republican from Palm Springs, Calif., …


As Genetic Testing Grows, So Do Concerns Study Says Individuals Discriminated Against Based On Information From Such Tests

Even as evidence of discrimination based on individuals’ genetic makeups arises, a company announced Thursday that it soon will sell the most comprehensive genetic test yet to predict breast cancer. …


Pope ‘In Good Shape’ After Appendectomy

Pope John Paul II will have his stitches out and return to the Vatican on Tuesday to continue his convalescence following an appendectomy. A medical bulletin issued by Gemelli Polyclinic …


Good-Spirited Pope Resumes Some Business

Pope John Paul II was in good spirits Saturday and has resumed some papal business from his hospital bed while recuperating from an appendectomy four days earlier, doctors said. The …


Pope Stronger, Doctors Say

Pope John Paul II took short walks Friday and ate his first solid food since undergoing an appendectomy three days ago. The 76-year-old pontiff has no stomach pains and his …


Post-Crash Health Woes Still Haunt Hydro Driver

His destination this weekend was supposed to be Hawaii. Instead, Spokane’s Tom Hindley has just checked out of Sacred Heart Medical Center and maybe finds himself lucky to be alive. …


Gum Disease Linked To Premature Birth Experts Say Study Is Preliminary, Provides ‘Food For Thought’

Pregnant women with gum disease are much more likely to bear dangerously small babies, adding to evidence that various kinds of infections may provoke premature births, researchers say. Reproductive and …


Children Testing Nasal Flu Vaccine

Hundreds of young children are getting a cocktail of weakened flu viruses squirted up their noses this fall in final tests of what may become the nation’s first nasal vaccine …


New Blood Pressure Guidelines Released

The federal government today is to release new guidelines to help doctors assess high blood pressure in children and adolescents. “This is an important change,” said Dr. Bonita Falkner, professor …


Study: Back Support Belts Reduce Injuries

Home improvement store workers who wore wraparound back supports suffered a third fewer low-back injuries than those who went without the increasingly popular girdles, a researcher said Tuesday. The study …


Pope’s Appendix Removed But Surgeons Sidestep Questions About Parkinson’s

Doctors successfully removed Pope John Paul II’s inflamed appendix Tuesday and ruled out any recurrence of tumors, but they sidestepped questions about the pontiff’s trembling left hand and the possibility …


Pentagon Triples Estimate Of Troops Exposed To Nerve Gas In Gulf War

More than 15,000 American troops may have been exposed to low levels of the deadly nerve gases sarin and cyclosarin during the aftermath of the war with Iraq, a Pentagon …