Jim Atkinson


Addicted to Sex?

Even if you’re not, many Texans are: Sex Addicts Anonymous has 61 chapters across the state, tending to the tattered psyches of exhibitionists and other tormented souls.

Killer C

If you had a blood transfusion before 1992 or have ever shared a needle, you could have hepatitis C. You may feel fine, but it could be killing you.

A Strike Against You

If your family has a history of cancer, are you doomed? Even though many of his relatives—including his famous father—succumbed to the disease, Mickey Mantle, Jr., didn’t think so. Then he got sick.

Bad Blood

You can’t call it a Texas disease, but meningococcemia—a blood-borne form of meningitis—afflicts a fair number of the state’s children. And if the FDA will let him, a Dallas pediatrician thinks he can treat it.

Al, Gored

Can Al Lipscomb survive both the ballot box and the jury box?

Playing for Keeps

The truth—what we can discern, anyway—about Tom Landry’s leukemia.

Health • Lance Armstrong

The ride of his life.

Eyes on the Prize

The noble—and Nobel—efforts of a Houston pharmacology professor could someday help in the treatment of cancer.

Saving Face

When a dog chewed off a toddler’s nose, cheeks, and lips, the doctors at Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center sprang into action.

Vocal Heroes

The doctors at Abilene’s Voice Institute of West Texas can treat all manner of problems with the way you talk? Speech, speech!

Medicine • Wayne Isom

He’s all hearts.

Curing the Colonias

The prescription to treat the sickest areas in Texas isn’t what you think.

Killer Bugs

I learned a shocking lesson when I visited San Antonio’s “hot lab,” where some of the world’s deadliest microbes are studied. The germs are winning.


More than a decade ago I wrote about the virtues of the drinking life and the comforts of what I called a “bar bar.” Then I hit rock bottom. It’s been eight years now since I took my last drink—and I’m finally ready to tell the rest of the story.

Battle Plan

A Dallas epidemiologist has made it his
mission to learn the truth about Gulf War
Syndrome, even if he has to fight the government.