October 19, 1986
Centinela Hospital Airport Medical Clinic, designed to serve travelers, residents and businesses in the Los Angeles International Airport and Westchester areas, will open Monday at Sepulveda Boulevard and 96th Street. It is one of the few airport-based emergency centers in the United States, according to hospital officials. The three-story, full-service clinic, operating 24 hours a day, will treat such immediate medical emergencies as fractures, cuts requiring stitches and severe abdominal pain.
January 19, 1993 |
An outbreak of severe diarrhea and abdominal pain among more than 50 children and adults in western Washington has been traced to a fast-food restaurant chain, state authorities said Monday. About 75% of the people stricken ate at Jack in the Box restaurants, said Dean Owen, spokesman for the state Health Department. He couldn't say how many restaurants were involved.
March 24, 2000 |
Hundreds of patrons and employees of a restaurant here have received shots to prevent hepatitis A infection. Health officials announced this week that a waitress at Mimi's Cafe had been diagnosed with the virus, which is contagious but rarely fatal. Public officials advised patrons who ate during the waitress' shifts to get the shots. Hepatitis A symptoms include chills, high fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine and jaundice.
July 22, 1988 |
PURPLE FOXGLOVE (Digitalis purpurea): Foxglove is the name given to a group of plants belonging the figwort family. The leaves of the purple foxglove contain a powerful poison called digitalis. It can cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, slow pulse and irregular heartbeat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, drowsiness and convulsions. In rare cases it has been known to cause death in children and animals.
December 28, 1998
Nearly 100 million visits (96,545,000 to be exact) were made to American ERs in 1995, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Here are more facts and figures about our emergency room visits: * Average number of visits per 100 people: 36.9 * Most frequent principal reason for visit: stomach and abdominal pain, 5.9 million visits * Number of injury-related visits: 37.2 million * Number of urgent visits: 44.2 million * Type of drug most frequently mentioned: Tylenol, 9.
March 3, 1989 |
AUTUMN CROCUS (Colchicum autumnale): The toxic properties of this flowering bulb--not a true crocus at all, but a lily--have been known since medieval times, and the plant has been used in folk remedies and in witches' potions. Today, the toxic alkaloid colchicine found in the plant is used to combat gout and in treating a kind of cancer, granulocytic leukemia.
March 6, 1988 |
When spending on health care represents nearly 11% of the gross national product, why are more Americans finding it more difficult to get the medical treatment they need at a price they can afford? It is tempting to blame the doctors, but that glosses over the problem. In "The Doctor's Dilemma," George B. Shaw argues that "it is not the fault of our doctors that the medical service of the community, as at present provided for, is a murderous absurdity."