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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The Thanksgiving tales of Dr. Stephen Severance are not so much heart-warming as stomach churning. With today's launch of peak overeating season, the gastrointestinal specialist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center said doctors like him will be consumed with treating holiday celebrators who've had one too many drumsticks. Or who laughed while chewing and began choking. Or who somehow inhaled their turkey dinner so fast they got bones lodged in their throats.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A gastric bypass surgeon in Riverside has been accused by state medical regulators of mishandling the care of 11 patients, including six who died, casting a harsh spotlight on the possible risks of a burgeoning -- and lucrative -- enterprise embraced by many California hospitals. Dr.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2006 | Beth Gardiner, Associated Press
An American soprano fired by the Royal Opera House because of her weight has been rehired after undergoing stomach surgery and losing 135 pounds, her spokeswoman and the prestigious theater said Sunday. Deborah Voigt, one of the world's top opera singers, lost her part in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 2004 because the Royal Opera House decided a slimmer singer would be better.
SPORTS
November 20, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
He was the biggest man in town. Joe McDonnell always got the scoop, whether it was Pat Riley being fired or Wayne Gretzky being traded, Magic Johnson's comeback or Mike Scioscia's contract, no secret too deep, no detail too obscure. Athletes loved him. Sources trusted him. Fans followed him. Nobody beat him. He was the biggest man in town. Joe McDonnell weighed 740 pounds. That is not a misprint. Visiting players would gasp. Insensitive fans would jeer. Everywhere he lumbered, somebody would stare.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2006 | Patrick Goldstein, Times Staff Writer
WHEN film director Victor Salva first read Dan Millman's classic new-age memoir, "Way of the Peaceful Warrior," he immediately bonded with the book about a troubled young man who is freed from his selfish strivings by the teachings of a grizzled, guru-like gas station attendant named Socrates.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Al Roker went sans underpants in George W. Bush's White House - but it wasn't because he was feeling sexy on the job. Rather, the "Today" show weatherman had accidentally pooped his pants on his way in. He'd included the anecdote in his new book, "Never Goin' Back," released a week ago, and discussed it in an interview with Nancy Snyderman on Sunday's "Dateline. " By Tuesday, however, after the tale of his tail took on a life of its own, he found himself on "Today" discussing it again.
WORLD
May 21, 2006 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
One might call it the chicken soup of Korea. For years, Koreans have clung to the notion that kimchi, the pungent fermented cabbage that is synonymous with their culture, has mystical properties that ward off disease. But what was once little more than an old wives' tale has become the subject of serious research, as South Korean scientists put kimchi under their microscopes.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A hospital where a patient died during gastric bypass surgery announced it would resume the weight-loss surgeries after determining doctors had conducted the procedure properly. Robert Messa, 27, died Nov. 18, about a half-hour into a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, also known as stomach stapling. The procedure uses staples or stitches to dramatically reduce the stomach's size and bypass part of the small intestine to cause weight loss.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Weight-loss surgery is safe and effective for most people, but complications do occur. Researchers reported Wednesday that they had devised a list of the top six risk factors. They are: The type of operation (gastric bypass or gastric band) Surgical technique (open or minimally invasive surgery) Patient gender Type of insurance Age Presence of type 2 diabetes One or more of these risk factors may increase the risk of dying before leaving the hospital, said the authors of the study, from UC Irvine.
HEALTH
June 9, 2008 | Chandra Shekhar, Special to The Times
Weight loss surgery works, but is so invasive and has such unpleasant long-term side effects that it's recommended for only a fraction of the obese population, and even many in that group are reluctant to undergo the surgery. In hunting for a simpler and safer alternative, researchers have zeroed in on a nerve that carries much of the communication between brain and gut.
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