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June 27, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Even those who cursed his name in the 1970s would empathize with Conrad Dobler in his current plight. The man Sports Illustrated once dubbed "pro football's dirtiest player" -- on its cover, no less -- Dobler lives a life of not-so-quiet desperation, "a never-ending series of setbacks and worst-case scenarios," as one writer aptly described it. Not quite 60 years old, his body ravaged by a decade in the NFL trenches, the three-time Pro...
December 21, 2009
Re "A Prescription for Snooping," Dec. 14: There is virtually no need for a physician to be "detailed" by a drug company representative. There is a publication for physicians, the Medical Letter, that has been published biweekly for the past nearly 50 years. It is the Consumer Reports of drug information for doctors, reviewing virtually all new (and re-reviewing, as needed, older) drugs. It contains what the doctor needs to know about how a drug works, as well as efficacy, safety, some cost information and whatever is known about comparisons to other drugs.
September 12, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Doctors are supposed to help patients eat healthfully - but they're not exactly dietary angels themselves.    Skipping from meeting (snacks provided) to conference (catered, with jumbo cookies) to lunch at the hospital cafeteria (sugary soda on the side), many fall into the same bad habits the rest of us do, consuming too many calories, gaining too much weight, and eating all the wrong foods. At least one group of researchers thinks it's time for this to change.  Writing in the journal JAMA on Tuesday (subscription required)
October 24, 2011 | By Anna B. Reisman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Recently, I made a house call to a 92-year-old man to deliver some important news: He needed a blood transfusion to treat an unexpected anemia. Usually, I sit on his couch, about 6 feet away from his recliner. This time, I made a point of kneeling in front of him. One of the nurses I work with arrived a minute later. She kissed the old man on the top of his head and rubbed his back as they listened to me explain how the transfusion would work. My patient's shoulders relaxed and his stress melted away.
June 8, 1997
I enjoyed the May 25 article on preparing for emergencies abroad ("Preparation Can Save Lives in Health Disasters Abroad," Travel Insider), but was surprised that you didn't include the organization IAMAT (International Assn. for Medical Assistance to Travelers). IAMAT has doctors in virtually every country of the world who not only speak English but have been trained in North America or Britain, so their medical standards are the same as ours. IAMAT will send a free membership card (donations welcome)
March 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The chances a woman will give birth through Caesarean section appears to depend much more on who her doctor is than on other criteria, a new study concluded last week. Dr. Gregory Goyert and his colleagues at Sinai Hospital of Detroit studied 1,533 women who had babies at a community hospital in an affluent Detroit suburb in 1986 and 1987.
July 19, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
There is no question that a patient's medical records belong to the patient. Patients can ask for copies of everything health professionals enter into their files. Patient records, however, are meant to help the doctor or other health professional organization obtain information and treat the patient safely and effectively. So what would happen if patients had much easier access to the doctors' notes? The answer to that question should become clear later this year. Researchers led by a team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts have launched a pilot program called the OpenNotes Initiative.
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