CHEST DISEASES Long extolled as a tonic for lazy muscles, bicycling is now being boosted as a treatment for a far more serious disability. Using a rigid cycling regimen, says Boston's Dr
The e-mail looks like a scam: “I have to come up with big-time cash,” writes Max Stephenson. The 18-year-old is headed for New York University, he explains, but his mom is on disability, his dad works three jobs, and all his grants and loans only cover half of the school’s $50,000 annual tab.
The doctors who agreed to an experimental treatment for a severely disabled girl thought there were clear medical benefits to keeping her small. Autopsy the doctors’ argument, and you find that they concluded they could remove Ashley’s uterus and breast buds because she’d be better off without them; they could keep her short because, since she’ll never have a job or a romance, she’d not suffer the social consequences of smallness
If any pill has been shown undeniably to work in clinical trials, it is the sugar pill, along with its close cousin, the sham treatment.
On a dusty pitch in the middle of the capital of Monrovia limbless young men play football as though their lives depended on it. They are members of the Liberian National Amputee Football Team and for the most part, victims of the war. Some participated in cruel acts against civilians during the fighting and face a daily struggle to live with both their disability and the past.
A children’s show host who was born with one hand is facing criticism from parents over her disability. BBC spokeswoman Katya Mira said the corporation has received at least 25 “official” complaints recently about Cerrie Burnell, new host of two shows on the BBC-run CBeebies television network, which is aimed at children younger than six.