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October 26, 1998 | KATHLEEN O. RYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A kiss may be the priceless cure for the many boo-boos in a child's life, but there is much greater value in prevention and watchfulness when it comes to keeping your baby safe and sound. According to the National Safe Kids campaign, one out of every four children--14 million a year--sustains injuries serious enough to require medical treatment.
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HEALTH
October 26, 1998 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first 12 months of life, a baby's weight triples and his or her brain size doubles. "There is no other time in your life that the brain doubles in 12 months," says Dr. Lillian Beard, a Washington, D.C., pediatrician. No wonder parents are concerned about "what goes in the mouth, what goes out and sleep," she says.
NEWS
October 17, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of nine masked, rubber-gloved doctors and nurses seized Otto Timothy Richartz when he squeezed into the world at 11:06 p.m. on Aug. 10, 1996. Just as his head appeared, they suctioned out his nose and mouth. As soon as he emerged from his mother's body, they wedged a tube down his throat to suck fluid from his stomach. They poked him for blood samples, jammed an intravenous line into his tiny arm, and snatched away the placenta and umbilical cord to analyze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scott Hand is one man who only has good things to say about his mother-in-law. That has certainly been the case since she decided to donate part of her liver to save the life of his 6-month-old daughter. The unusual procedure--said to be the first of its kind in Los Angeles--occurred two weeks ago when Sherry Marquez and tiny Lydia Hand underwent simultaneous operations in a pair of hospitals eight miles apart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The plight of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who live in Garden Grove and need an experimental medical procedure for their newborn girl has sparked a fund-raising effort. Roman Anthony and Kim Moreno, both 33, plan to take their 3-month-old daughter, Tori, to Houston for an experimental cancer treatment. Tori was born with a brain stem tumor that cannot be treated with surgery or chemotherapy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Esther Sanchez gave new meaning to the words "jump start" Saturday when she helped deliver her granddaughter inside a car on the Ventura Freeway and then saved the newborn's life with CPR. The Agoura Hills housekeeper, her husband and their pregnant daughter were driving to Ventura County Medical Center about noon when Sanchez's daughter went into labor in the back seat of the family's two-door gray compact.
NEWS
September 15, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were dubbed "a lost generation." Magazines, newspapers and television programs blared that "crack babies" would be the bane of a nation. But a decade after some authorities predicted a national health catastrophe because of the expanding number of children born with cocaine in their blood, experts say that there is reason to believe the reality could be brighter. A drug-exposed child can think, reason and learn like a "normal" child, research and anecdotal evidence now suggest.
HEALTH
September 7, 1998 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
It's a common bacteria, and it's almost always harmless in adults. It doesn't affect most pregnancies. If there's a risk of your baby becoming infected with it, you're easily treated during labor and delivery. "It" is group B strep. Testing during weeks 34 and 36 of pregnancy will determine whether you have it in your genital area, but not whether your baby will be infected. (Ask your doctor about being tested.
NEWS
September 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
A doctor who acknowledged using his hands to block an infant's breathing after the boy was declared brain dead was charged with second-degree murder Monday. Dr. Eugene Turner was summoned to appear at a Sept. 25 court hearing in the Jan. 12 death of 3-day-old Conor McInnerney, who was rushed to Olympic Memorial Hospital after he stopped breathing.
HEALTH
August 24, 1998 | THOMAS H MAUGH II
Women who smoke during pregnancy transmit a known cancer-causing substance from tobacco to their children, producing what University of Minnesota scientists deemed "an unacceptable risk." About 61% of smoking women who become pregnant do not give up the habit during their pregnancy, according to a 1990 study. Chemist Stephen S. Hecht and his colleagues examined first urine samples from 48 newborns, both from smoking and nonsmoking mothers.
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