December 22, 2013 |
Getting to see the doctor before the year is over has been on Dave Holt's mind. The 52-year-old employment attorney from Tustin says he's been putting off a visit for some time. "I haven't done my annual physical yet," he says. He and his wife also rush at the end of each year to make sure their three kids are current with their immunizations and checkups. With less than two weeks left in 2013, now is the time to think about your healthcare benefits and whether you have used them to their fullest before time runs out. "If your health plan resets in January, you want to make sure you've taken advantage of those once-a-year benefits like annual checkups and screenings," says Amy Bergner of consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
December 21, 2013 |
The Clippers had played nine games in 15 days, a blistering pace that left them weary and in need of rest more than practice on the rare off days. And they had played seven of the games on the road, leaving the Clippers fatigued and in no shape for extra work. So when the team had two straight days off Thursday and Friday, Coach Doc Rivers opted not to practice Thursday so he could rest his players' legs. The Clippers then practiced Friday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
December 20, 2013 |
In 2012, the American Dental Assn. updated its guidelines for dental X-rays, including this caveat: "Radiographs can help the dental practitioner evaluate and definitely diagnose many oral diseases and conditions. However, the dentist must weigh the benefits of taking dental radiographs against the risk of exposing a patient to X-rays, the effects of which accumulate from multiple sources over time. " For more information about dental X-rays: American Dental Assn. Guidelines for Radiography: www.ada.org/5160.aspx?
December 19, 2013 |
With Republicans hoping to make next year's election another referendum on the 2010 healthcare law (better known as Obamacare), the White House issued a report Thursday aimed at those calling for the law to be overturned. "Repeal Would Raise Costs, Strip Protections from Families Across America," the report declares. As usual, though, the administration left out one no-trivial part of the equation: how much those benefits are costing the public. The Times' editorial board has steadfastly supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, warts and all, because it makes a credible effort to make a more sustainable healthcare system.
December 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved an amnesty law that could allow two jailed members of the punk music group Pussy Riot to go free and pardon 30 people facing charges over a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling. But human rights activists complained that the bill unanimously approved by the State Duma, or lower house, is too narrow and will free only 2,000 to 5,000 inmates when it takes effect this week. The amnesty was seen as an attempt to deflect criticism of Russia's human rights record ahead of the Olympic Winter Games, which will take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
December 18, 2013 |
For almost two years, the proceedings of the Los Angeles County Dependency Court - where thousands of cases involving foster children are heard annually - have been generally open to the press. That's a new arrangement in a system that has historically been much more restricted. It is the result of an order by Michael Nash, the presiding judge of Juvenile Court, who in early 2012 interpreted a statute that allows "interested parties" to attend these proceedings to include reporters. But now, an appellate court has tentatively concluded that Nash overstepped his authority.
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December 15, 2013 |
On a slightly chilly December morning a group of small children stand in a playground at the El Centrito Family Learning Center and learn some new dance moves. They wiggle their fingers, shake their hands and nod their heads to the beat of the music on the instructions of their teacher, Sonia Marroquin, as some smiling parents watch and supervise the group. It's all part of the day's hands-on lesson: to learn body parts through dance. The children and their parents are part of the Family Literacy Cooperative at El Centrito, which allows parents to attend adult school to learn English while leaving their children in a cooperative preschool environment.
December 14, 2013 |
The NBA's most notorious villains have largely gone on to disappoint true crime fans. Stephen Jackson gave up his guns and earned the trust of a coach who made him a team captain. Zach Randolph became a brute force against poverty, repeatedly winning the league's Kia Community Assist Award for his work helping underprivileged families. Metta World Peace mingled calmly among the masses, raising money and awareness for mental health organizations. Second, third and fourth chances have mostly worked out for players once perceived as thugs, a few minor slip-ups and James Harden's head notwithstanding.
December 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles liberal, on the same side of an issue? The Ripley's Believe It or Not moment came Thursday in a House vote to pass a budget deal designed to prevent another government shutdown. The vote scrambled the usual alliances within California's congressional delegation, with nine of the state's 53 House members - seven Democrats and two Republicans - voting against the agreement. Democrats who voted no were upset that the budget deal did not extend federal unemployment benefits for an estimated 214,800 Californians whose benefits expire after Christmas.
December 11, 2013 |
Although the jobless rate is at its lowest level in five years and the stock market has surpassed its pre-recession high, the economic gains have not reached many poor urban residents, and 2014 could be even worse, a new survey said Wednesday. Homelessness and hunger have increased and are expected to keep rising in many cities next year, according to the latest U.S. Conference of Mayors survey of 25 large and midsized metro areas. Last year's national poverty rate of 15% is still near the Great Recession's high of 15.1%, according to U.S. Census figures.