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HEALTH
January 31, 2005 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The chronic, spastic cough started with what appeared to be a cold. A few months later, it was ruining Zachary Graham's life. The 16-year-old Sunapee, N.H., resident was often left gasping for air, gagging and unable to sleep. During one particularly ghastly coughing spell, Betty May Graham, Zachary's mom, feared her son was about to stop breathing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Debbie McCart's father and mother both died--10 years apart--within three days of Christmas. Since then, grief has been as much a part of her holiday as Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. "When I hear my first Christmas carol is when I start to feel sad," she said. McCart, along with two dozen others, sought solace from their holiday depression at a somber but comforting "Blue Christmas" service in Garden Grove on Thursday evening.
NEWS
January 7, 2001 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton announced Saturday that the government will open a special campaign via school lunch programs and child care centers to enroll as many as 2 million additional children in state health insurance programs. More than 3 million children already are participating in the programs, but many more from moderate-income families are eligible.
SPORTS
November 28, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
You have to wonder if Mike Garrett knows what he is doing. Here it is Monday morning on the USC campus, and Paul Hackett is still here, cracking jokes with the media and walking around like it's routine business--the Trojans losing to either Notre Dame or UCLA every year.
HEALTH
September 6, 1999 | MARNELL JAMESON
Straight out of stuffy old London comes the little book of "Don't: A Manual of Mistakes & Improprieties More or Less Prevalent in Conduct and Speech." First published circa 1880, this little gem was remarkably prescient in its advice concerning public health. Considering that 100 years ago our predecessors knew almost nothing of bacteria or how diseases spread and had no real respect for hand-washing, this book is remarkably--if tediously--on point.
HEALTH
August 30, 1999
Someone just sent us a chocolate-covered macaroon infused with a Peruvian herb rumored to have strength- and libido-enhancing properties (a colleague--we won't say who--tried to sneak off with it). And a dentist wrote to tell us he's developed "two new ways to brush the teeth using a regular toothbrush that the whole world can use." (Not my brush they can't.) We also received some articles about devices for removing dental crowns. We wonder a little about the people who design these things.
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