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September 19, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The hit movie "Contagion" depicts a nightmare scenario: a bat virus jumps to pigs and then to humans, infecting them with abandon since they have no immunity to the novel bug. The virus circles the globe in a matter of days, causing coughs, fevers and seizures as scientists from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scramble to identify the pathogen and develop a vaccine. Before they do, millions are infected and about a quarter of them die. Those who are not sickened hunker down at home or panic in the streets, scrounging for food and supplies until the outbreak can be contained.
June 23, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan will undergo a checkup next month as part of regular medical examinations scheduled since his surgery for colon cancer in July, 1985, the White House physician announced Monday. Dr. John Hutton told reporters aboard Air Force One: "It's not going to have to be very extensive because he is doing so well." The President has undergone postoperative examinations every six months at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland.
July 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo routine tests today to check on repaired aneurysms on the backs of his knees and the condition of a high-tech pacemaker that was placed in his chest in June 2001. Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said the tests at George Washington University Medical Center would include an electrocardiogram.
August 8, 1995 | Associated Press
Scientists urged the Food and Drug Administration Monday to approve a computer system that for the first time would allow doctors to double-check Pap smears to ensure no cervical cancer is missed. An FDA advisory committee agreed that the Papnet system, manufactured by Neuromedical Systems of Suffern, N.Y., will help increase detection of cancer or precancerous cells in some of the 50 million Pap smears performed in the United States annually.
October 1, 1991
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn will be admitted to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital today for a "routine follow-up examination" of the prostate surgery he underwent three years ago, according to an aide. The 71-year-old Hahn, the county's longest-serving supervisor, will undergo "minor surgery" to remove scar tissue, said his chief deputy, Mas Fukai. Hahn will spend one night in the hospital.
January 30, 1999 | REGINA HONG
Dentists recommend regular checkups for teeth. Two ministers would like couples to conduct regular checkups for their marriages too. On Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day, the Rev. Robert Bethancourt and Rev. Paul Edwards of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Fullerton will hold a session for couples to examine their marriage. "People when they come into a marriage have a fairly good sense of well-being," said Edwards, who also is a licensed marriage and family counselor.
January 17, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
It could have been just another boring wait for the doctor. But instead, kids were mesmerized Tuesday as a volunteer read stories and handed out bookmarks, stickers and lollipops. And perhaps the luckiest of all were the young children getting checkups, who were treated to a brand-new book they could take home.
November 6, 2003 | Mark Sachs, Times Staff Writer
Why, in a country where medical training and expertise is the envy of the world, would an American couple enlist the services of a Maori tribesman to help them with fertility problems? Why would a man diagnosed with pancreatic cancer turn away from conventional treatments involving radiation and chemotherapy and hook up with a doctor prescribing coffee enemas and daily handfuls of nutritional supplements?
August 25, 1994
It may not be your average fair with rides and prizes, but it will help ensure your child's good health. It is the 5th annual Kids Care Fair, at which children ages 2 months to 4 years can receive free immunizations to protect them from polio, tetanus, measles and other preventable childhood diseases. Children through age 18 can also have a free basic health screening that includes blood pressure, vision and hearing tests.
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