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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Traffic radar guns, which save lives by catching speeders, have come under suspicion as a possible cause of cancer in traffic officers exposed to their microwave beams, triggering a series of lawsuits by an Agoura Hills lawyer. Attorney John E. Sweeney has filed suits on behalf of five former traffic officers who contracted cancer and are seeking millions of dollars in damages from radar equipment manufacturers, whom they accuse of failing to warn of health risks.
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SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has been on leave from San Diego State, where he coaches the school's baseball team, for much of the season because of ongoing cancer treatments, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. The paper talked to Gwynn by phone. “I have no comment, other than to say I'm doing good," said Gwynn , 53. "That's all I can say. But nobody believes me because there hasn't been any information out there. But, trust me, I'm doing good.” The school released a statement Tuesday saying that "Tony Gwynn is currently on a leave of absence from the Aztec baseball program while dealing with health issues.
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SCIENCE
June 19, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writers
Gastric bypass surgery -- a treatment for obesity that is already known to reduce heart disease and diabetes -- decreases the incidence of cancer by 80% over the five years following the procedure, Canadian researchers reported Wednesday. The incidence of two of the most common tumors, breast and colon, was reduced by 85% and 70%, respectively, Dr. Nicolas Christou of McGill University in Montreal said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014
Kevin Sharp Country singer scored a handful of hits after overcoming cancer Kevin Sharp , 43, a Northern California-reared country singer whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, died Saturday at his mother's home in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento suburb. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from a digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, said.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.  In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host conceded that some of the criticism that the segment was " too anti-vaccine and anti-science" was "valid...in retrospect. " She acknowledged that "m ore emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines.
OPINION
October 14, 2012
Re "Al Qaeda is rebuilding amid instability in Iraq," Oct. 10 It is no mystery what happens when treatment is abandoned before cancer is completely cured. It doesn't bargain; it has no conscience; it can't be reasoned with and will not stop until you are dead. Any resort to human morals in the matter will prove a deadly misplacement of priorities and evidence a fundamental lack of understanding the enemy. Unless you carve it from your body or drive it from existence by whatever means available, you're doomed to early expiration.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Robin Quivers, Howard Stern's longtime sidekick, revealed her year-plus battle with cancer Monday and announced she is now cancer-free. Turns out Quivers, 61, has been doing the show from home for the last 15 months while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for endometrial cancer. Quivers, 61, first noticed a problem while attending an away wedding, where she realized she couldn't urinate, and headed to an ER for help. Upon returning home she saw other doctors who discovered she had a cancerous mass in her pelvic region.
SPORTS
October 21, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
For most longtime Los Angeles sports fans, John Vallely is in the category of "whatever happened to …" And so, we shall tell you. He was the Bruins' basketball beach boy, the kid from Corona del Mar High School whom John Wooden blended nicely with his big-city recruits, one of them named Lew Alcindor. Vallely was 6 feet 2 and could shoot like a dream. On UCLA's NCAA title teams of 1969-70, Vallely was the Bruins' outside threat, the guy who had Wooden's blessing to fire almost at will.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actress Karen Black, who's been battling cancer for more than two years, has turned to the public for help to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe - and as of Monday afternoon, the crowdfunding plea was working. The 73-year-old, Oscar-nominated as supporting actress in 1970's "Five Easy Pieces" with Jack Nicholson, has worked steadily for more than 40 years but is best known for her work in 1970s films including "Airport 1975," "The Day of the Locust" and "Nashville. " Diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010, she immediately had a third of her pancreas removed, her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, said on the " Help Karen Beat Cancer " GoFundMe webpage, launched on March 14. After chemo, she was declared disease-free in mid-2011.  It didn't last, he said.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, now a television analyst, announced that he is battling cancer. The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the majors before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the network and was to be part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, Soltys said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014
Northern California-reared country singer Kevin Sharp, whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, has died at 43. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, told the Sacramento Bee . He died Saturday,...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment in Laguna Woods. Having good health helped. Garnaus got by without medical insurance, relying on yearly exams at a free clinic. But that changed last year: Garnaus now needs treatment for cancer, and she bought insurance under Obamacare.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the league announced Saturday. Garber, 56, who has led MLS for 15 years, has undergone a series of comprehensive tests and doctors say the cancer has not spread. Garber has begun treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York, which will be followed by surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.  Based on the stage of his cancer, his doctors expect he will have a full recovery.  Garber will continue managing the league during treatment.
SCIENCE
April 10, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
In their continuing quest to prove that coffee is indeed a health food, medical researchers analyzed the health records of nearly 180,000 Americans and determined that the ones with a daily java habit were less likely to get a common type of liver cancer than their less-caffeinated counterparts. The study , presented this week at the American Assn. for Cancer Research's annual meeting in San Diego, may not be enough to get your coffee break covered by your health insurance, but the results were striking.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Every once in a while, amid the emotional ups and downs of high school sports competition, there needs to be a reminder of what's truly important, and nothing offers a more powerful perspective than listening to a father's anguish about his son. "The toughest thing is, I'm completely helpless," Mission Hills Alemany baseball Coach Randy Thompson said in describing the challenge of trying to help his 12-year-old son, Tyler, make it through 15...
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
If you've ever considered taking an herbal remedy under the theory that it can't hurt and it might help, read this: A study published online Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that people who thought they were taking a harmless weight-loss supplement wound up with a type of bladder cancer as a result. The researchers, from the U.S. and Taiwan, point the finger at an herbal ingredient called aristolochic acid, or AA. It comes from plants, including wild ginger ( Asarum canadense )
NEWS
July 11, 1991 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
Cancer kills more American women than any other disease. It is expected to be the leading cause of death among all Americans by the year 2000. Here is a snapshot of cancer incidence and death rates in Los Angeles County, taken from the county's first comprehensive cancer summary. The study, release in June by researchers at the Norris Cancer Center at USC, covers all cancer cases reported in the country between 1972 and 1987 and analyzes them by the patient's race-ethnicity, sex and age.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | Jessica Garrison and Jill Cowan
A metal-finishing facility in Newport Beach poses an "unacceptably high" cancer risk to its neighbors and should curtail its emissions as soon as possible, state air quality officials said Tuesday. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it would ask its independent hearing board to order Hixson Metal Finishing to reduce its emissions of chromium 6 "on an expedited schedule. " The plant is next to an apartment building in a neighborhood with a mix of homes and businesses near the border with Costa Mesa.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who is currently fighting cancer, had his radiation therapy this week postponed because he has a fever, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting . Kelly has microscopic tumors on the infraorbital nerve, which runs from the upper lip to the eyelids. Kelly's treatments have been moved to Monday. He is scheduled for a seven-week program. “They have his pain pretty much under control,” Dan Kelly, Jim's brother, told the Buffalo News.
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