NEW ORLEANS — Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm’s 170-mph winds pummeled her home and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside the city with her boyfriend’s mother. It was later — after the storm waters had receded and Wagner went back to New Orleans to rebuild her home and her life — that she fell apart. “I didn’t think it was the storm at first. I didn’t
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — While Bay-Waveland Middle School teacher Logan Pullin says writing is not his strong suit, his personalized, handwritten and hand-delivered letters are making Bay High School seniors feel special. “I saw him at break, and he just had a big old box full of letters, and he said, ‘Daley Bell, this one’s for you,’ ” said the senior. “And I read it, and I was so emotional after reading it.” Pullin, who began teaching in 2012,
DALLAS — Breast cancer survivor Mary Dunklin went through the tests, the waiting and a haze of doctor visits. “The entire experience is a learning process in dealing with fear, pain and mortality,” she recently wrote. “And, sometimes, the best lesson of all is remembering how to appreciate being alive.” She says she doesn’t have all the answers, but she did make a few discoveries along the way. In her essay, she shared 10 things she wished she’d known
LOS ANGELES — After years of growing doubt about the value of screening men for prostate cancer, a new analysis of existing clinical trial evidence has found when men between 55 and 70 get the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test, lives are saved. In 2009, a New England Journal of Medicine editorialist famously called the debate over PSA testing for prostate cancer “the controversy that refuses to die.” That comment came with the publication of two clinical trials —
LOS ANGELES — Roberto Rocha has been yelled at and called names. Men have threatened to shoot him. He’s visited jails, knocked on doors and approached strangers across Los Angeles County — all in search of syphilis. The centuries-old disease referenced in Shakespeare plays is making a comeback, and Rocha is trying to stop it, one infected Angeleno at a time. Though its initial symptoms are mild, syphilis can lead to paralysis, blindness and miscarriages if left untreated.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for. The couple also received more than $1,000 in spending money and a personal concierge, who attended to their every need. For Santa Barbara County, it was money well-spent: Sending Robinson-Stone 250 miles away for knee replacement surgery near San Diego saved the government $30,000. “The only difference
ST. LOUIS — Pat McGee noticed her daughter had not returned to the oral surgeon’s waiting room shortly before her surgery was supposed to start. She walked to the nearest bathroom and found Jessica McDaniels, 32, outside the stall crying. McGee took her daughter into her arms. “We are going to say ’bye to the old Jessica,” she said. “And hi to the new Jessica.” McDaniels, a hairstylist in St. Louis, had been praying for this day since high school,
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blind for more than 30 years, Paul Mimms — who lost sight in his left eye as a 23-year-old serving in Vietnam and years later lost sight in his right to glaucoma — has long relied on helpful technologies. His “talking” bathroom scale tells him his weight. “It’s not nice,” he joked. A diabetic, Mimms, 72, has a talking glucose meter to tell him his blood sugar. He has a low-tech white cane and a talking laptop computer.
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found. Nicotine patches, gums and medications are known to aid smoking cessation, but there’s no consensus on whether vaping devices can help anti-smoking efforts. The U.S. research is the largest look yet at electronic cigarette users and it found e-cigarettes played a role in helping people quit. “It’s absolutely clear that e-cigarettes help smokers replace cigarettes,
WASHINGTON — The Republican campaign to roll back Barack Obama’s health care law is colliding with America’s opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties. The central issue is that both the House and Senate health care bills would phase out Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed