Author

Jim Atkinson

Health |
June 30, 2000

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!

Health |
March 1, 2000

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.

Health |
December 1, 1999

Eyes on the Prize

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

Health |
April 1, 1999

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.

Health |
February 1, 1999

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.

Health |
December 1, 1998

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.

Health |
December 1, 1998

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.

Health |
August 31, 1998

The Eyes Have It

An anxious, alcoholic, stressed, and depressed Dallasite. A suicidal San Antonian. For each, a seemingly visionary treatment.

Television |
August 31, 1997

No Show

Cash-poor PBS stations can’t seem to come up with innovative new ideas, so they ought to resurrect an innovative old one: Newsroom, the best local public- affairs program in Texas history.

Health |
July 31, 1997

Food Fright

Eating a peanut shouldn’t be a particularly memorable experience, but for Dallasite Mona Cain and countless other allergic Americans, it’s a matter of life and death.

Health |
April 1, 1997

Blowin’ in the Wind

Itchy eyes, sore throat, runny nose: It must be allergy season. But what causes allergies? How do you pick a doctor? And what’s the best treatment? An in-depth look at an affliction that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Health |
March 1, 1997

Making Headway

At the Texas Woman’s University Aphasia Center in Dallas, a promising new treatment is helping stroke victims learn to read, write, and speak again.

Health |
January 1, 1997

So Much to Learn, So Little Time

Today students at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas are expected to master more hard-core science than ever before. Yet after graduation, they’ll have to keep studying, and be counselors and business experts too. A hard look at the way we teach our doctors—and why it has had to change.

True Crime |
November 1, 1996

Thrill Killers

Now that the crack epidemic has leveled off and gang violence is down, urban Texas is being terrorized by a new type of criminal: the superpredator. He murders without motive, feels no remorse, and worst of all, seldom gets caught.

True Crime |
September 30, 1996

Death and the Matrons

What could drive a suburban housewife to murder? The bizarre cases of Rowlett’s Darlie Routier and Fairview’s Candy Montgomery hint at the answer, and it may be closer to home than we’d like to think.

Health |
July 31, 1996

Spin Control

Vertigo isn’t just the stuff of Hitchcock thrillers—it’s a debilitating disease, as Dallas radio talk show host Kevin McCarthy found out the hard way.

Health |
March 1, 1996

Pale by Comparison

“Michael Jackson’s disease” sounds like a punch line, but the pigment-robbing skin disorder is no joke. Just ask Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price.

Health |
January 1, 1996

Smooth Operator

You might say Tarek Souryal is the most important Dallas Maverick: He doesn’t score or rebound, but he reconstructs million-dollar ankles and knees, and that makes him a real team player.

Health |
November 1, 1995

The Real Medical Crisis

For reformers of the nations health-care system, ground zero may be Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, where the crush of uninsured patients with non-urgent complaints is affecting everyone’s care.

Health |
July 31, 1995

A Perfect Mess

Can a suburban Dallas house-wife who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder ever overcome her fears? She doubts it.

Health |
December 1, 1994

Night Trippers

When Dallas sleep doctors cured Tommy Atkins’ snoring probelm, they probably saved his life.

Health |
August 31, 1994

Chemical Warfare

When diesel fumes, power lines, and even his wedding ring made a Dallas man faint, he knew he had a big problem.

Health |
May 31, 1994

Nerve Center

A Dallas clinic offers hope to pain patients, treating chronic suffering not as a symptom but as a disease itself.

Health |
December 1, 1993

Germ Warfare

With an early flu season and the emergence of deadly diseases this summer, our good health is under siege.

Health |
August 31, 1993

Altered State

A year after a grand mal seizure left me convulsing on the floor, I’m still finding my way back into everyday life.

Sports |
March 1, 1989

The Boys of Spring

You probably think that the main reason to go to the Texas Rangers’ Florida training camp is to watch baseball. You’re probably wrong.

Lifestyle |
April 1, 1988

Best Enemies

Dallas lawyers Arlen Bynum and John Collins are personal friends and profession foes. They get a kick out of both roles.

Downtown |
August 31, 1986

Downtown

Bail bonding is one Texas business that’s recession proof.

Downtown |
June 30, 1986

Downtown

The cure for San Antonio’s inner-city malaise may be worse than the disease.

Downtown |
April 30, 1986

Downtown

The Dallas movie board is antiquated and eccentric, like a wacky uncle.

Downtown |
April 1, 1986

Downtown

The DA in El Paso may do a lot of things, but there’s one thing he doesn’t do—plea-bargain.

Downtown |
March 1, 1986

Downtown

Look into the Houston sky—those helicopters are full of commuters who are having fun.

Downtown |
February 1, 1986

Downtown

The Dallas Citizens Council has a new look, but it’s singing the same old tune.

Downtown |
November 1, 1985

Downtown

You have to wonder if guys like San Antonio’s C. A. Stubbs aren’t the future of urban politics.

Downtown |
September 30, 1985

Downtown

The maddest crowd in town? The incensed citizens at the Dallas Auto Pound who have to shell out for the privilege of reclaiming their towed vehicles.

Downtown |
August 31, 1985

Downtown

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a developer with a million-dollar idea or a homeowner with a yen to remodel. You can’t bend any rule at all without approval from the Board of Adjustment.

Downtown |
July 31, 1985

Downtown

Houston police chief Lee Brown is doing things right; crime is down, public approval is up.