A Killer Flu?

Is the world prepared for a killer flu pandemic? If one did strike, how would the United States manage it? The Doctors weigh in. Then, a heated debate ensues over Electroconvulsive therapy -- shock therapy that puts patients who have severe depression through seizures as a way to treat their disease. And, migraines affect adults and children, with women being three times more likely to suffer from them than men. The Doctors explain some of the triggers and share tips for treating these headaches.

Seizure Relief
Cris and Kristi’s 6-year-old daughter, Jessie, came down with a devastating condition that caused her to have seizures on one side of her body 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The parents were forced to make the devastating decision to have surgeons remove the right hemisphere of their child’s brain, in order to protect the healthy side of her brain. Dr. Danielpour, the director of the Pediatric Program and the Neurological Surgery Residency Program at the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and performs hemispherectomies, explains Jessie’s disease, Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, and describes how the brain recovers after one side is removed. Doctors weren’t sure if Jessie would ever walk again, but now, just six weeks after the procedure, she walks onstage to join her parents. Cris and Kristi have started the Hemispherectomy Foundation to help others in the same situation. Another mother, Regina, had to make the decision to remove the left side of her daughter, Kaci’s, brain 12 years ago when she was having hundreds of seizures a day. Today, Kaci is 25 and recently graduated from college. She joins Regina in sharing their story of hope. Dr. Sears explains the steps to take if your child suffers a seizure.

If a child suffers a seizure, here’s what you need to know:
•    It can’t be stopped
•    Don’t restrain the child; protect him or her
•    Don’t put anything in his or her mouth
•    Remove any nearby objects
•    After the seizure is finished, the child will probably fall asleep
•    Call the doctor if it’s the first time the child has experienced a seizure
•    Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes or the child stops breathing

Ask Our Doctors
Ani asks Dr. Masterson if it’s healthy that she only has her period for two days; Vanessa is concerned that eating meat cooked on a grill might increase her chance of developing breast cancer; Jane wants to know if Dr. Ordon can suggest a way for her to tighten her face without going under the knife; Dena asks Dr. Sears how she can wean her 2 ½ -year-old from breastfeeding without disturbing her family, and Jacki wants to know the pros and cons of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

Laparoscopy Results
Jamie was the victim of domestic abuse 10 years ago. She says she suffered a severe, life-altering injury to her rib cage as a result and says she lives with stabbing pain and visible deformity every day. Dr. Stork reveals the results of her recent laparoscopy -- a procedure where a camera is placed inside the abdominal cavity to see what causes pain. Dr. Andrew Klein, one of Cedar-Sinai's top surgeons, discusses Jamie's options for healing, including: blocking the nerves that run from her back to her front, using bio-feedback and acupuncture.

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OAD 9/11/08