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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 | Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | Clipboard researched by Susan Greene, Henry Rivero, Rick VanderKnyff and Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
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 | Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene, Dallas Jamison and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
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.
October 22, 2001 | Jane E. Allen
The next time your gut goes to pieces after a meal, it may turn out that fruit was the source of all that digestive distress. Doctors have long recognized that lactose intolerance--an ability to digest milk sugar--is responsible for some of the irritable bowel syndrome that plagues about 10% of all Americans.
April 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Some users of the irritable-bowel treatment Zelnorm have suffered diarrhea so serious they require hospitalization, and four have died from an intestinal problem, the government said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration emphasized that it had not proved a link between the intestinal condition, called ischemic colitis, and the drug. But the agency ordered that a precaution about the intestinal condition go on Zelnorm's label, along with a larger warning about severe diarrhea.
March 6, 1988 | Elinor Lenz, Lenz is co-author of "The Feminization of America" (Tarcher)
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."
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