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March 15, 1998 | From Reuters
Low cholesterol could be responsible for higher rates of violent death among some people, particularly men, a study released Saturday suggests. Researchers found that men with blood cholesterol levels of less than 160 milligrams per deciliter met with homicide, suicide or fatal accidents 50% to 80% more often than those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Women with low cholesterol were nearly 30% more prone to violent death, the study showed.
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HEALTH
April 5, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Our 7-year-old daughter awoke screaming and could not be comforted or touched. We took her to the emergency room. Now our insurance company is denying the visit, saying that it wasn't medically necessary for her to be seen in the ER. Yet the emergency room physician considered a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. How could this visit not be necessary? The situation you describe certainly seems to qualify as an emergency, and you should fight to have your insurer pay for your daughter's ER visit.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2009 | John Hoeffel
The American Medical Assn. on Tuesday urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use, a significant shift that puts the prestigious group behind calls for more research. The nation's largest physicians organization, with about 250,000 member doctors, the AMA has maintained since 1997 that marijuana should remain a Schedule I controlled substance, the most restrictive category, which also includes heroin and LSD. In changing its policy, the group said its goal was to clear the way to conduct clinical research, develop cannabis-based medicines and devise alternative ways to deliver the drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Frustrated emergency room doctors filed a class-action lawsuit against the state Tuesday, saying that California's overstretched emergency healthcare system -- which ranks last in the country for emergency care access -- is on the verge of collapse unless more funding is provided. Across the state, scores of hospitals and emergency rooms have shut their doors in the last decade, leading to long waits, diverted ambulances and, in the most extreme cases, patient deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2008 | Mary Engel and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
The long waits that government inspectors say endanger emergency room patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center can also be found in backlogged hospitals across the country, according to emergency care experts who have been trying for years to draw attention to the nation's overloaded safety net. "Overcrowding in our emergency departments is a national crisis," said Dr. Linda Lawrence, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an advocacy group based in Washington D.C.
HEALTH
October 30, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Want to quit smoking? Hit the gym. A study released Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians found smokers who combine exercise with nicotine gum or transdermal patches are more likely to quit than those who rely on nicotine replacement therapy alone. Sixty-eight patients at two Austrian hospitals were randomly assigned either a treatment program that included exercise or one that only used nicotine replacement therapy.
NEWS
August 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The most common cause of women's injuries--abuse at home--is largely ignored by doctors, the Journal of the American Medical Assn. said. Twenty-two percent to 35% of women who visit emergency rooms have physical or stress-related abuse symptoms, it said. The report said most of the victims are "discharged without any arrangements made for their safety, to return to the same abusive relationships." But Dr.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders found many with lung problems years after exposure to the toxic dust caused by the World Trade Center's collapse. The study by the Mount Sinai Medical Center's medical monitoring program examined more than 3,000 responders between 2004 and 2007, repeating exams conducted from mid-2002 to 2004. Slightly more than 24% of the patients had abnormal lung function, the study found. In the earlier exams, about 28% had similar problems. The study appears in today's editions of Chest, a journal published by the American College of Chest Physicians.
NEWS
April 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Crews worked Sunday to remove from a forest the charred wreckage of the commuter plane that crashed last week and killed former Sen. John Tower of Texas and 22 other people. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have focused on the plane's engines, primarily because of witness reports that the Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane made unusual noises before it went down Friday. Crews began removing the plane parts investigators wish to see, said NTSB spokesman Michael Benson.
HEALTH
April 26, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Most adults with Type 2 diabetes should be taking a statin drug, experts now say, even if their cholesterol is normal. New treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians say doctors should be prescribing statins -- Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, Mevacor or Lescol -- to any Type 2 diabetic with diagnosed coronary artery disease.
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