May 18, 1996 |
Workers ripped out a bay window and several rows of bricks from a house Friday to remove a nearly 1,000-pound man--possibly the heaviest person in the world--and take him to the hospital. Michael Hebranko, who once lost 700 pounds and became a spokesman for Richard Simmons' Deal-A-Meal diet program, was carried through the 10-by-5-foot hole on a stretcher used to move small whales. He was transferred to an ambulance by forklift.
May 12, 2013 |
Gregg Renfrew wants to change the way people live, starting with their cosmetics. Sitting in her light-filled office in Santa Monica, Renfrew rattles off the statistics she finds most alarming when it comes to some of the lotions, sprays and powders we apply to our bodies on a daily basis. "Did you know that there has not been a federal law passed since 1938 governing the cosmetics industry? And there are close to 12,000 ingredients used in all personal care products, from toothpaste to shampoo, lipstick to lotion, 80% of which have never been tested for safety on human health.
March 9, 2012 |
Phoenix -- Walking back to the Dodgers' clubhouse from the practice field where he played catch, Kenley Jansen talked about his health scare early Friday morning. Jansen said he was awakened at about 2:30 a.m. by the rapid beating of his heart. The hard-throwing setup man said he was also short of breath. "It was going pretty fast for like half an hour," Jansen said of his heartbeat. He said his heart wasn't out of rhythm, the way it was last year when he had to spend a month on the disabled list.
December 21, 2011
The healthcare reform law passed last year requires insurers to offer, at a minimum, a set of "essential" benefits to individuals and small groups, including coverage for hospitalization, outpatient care and prescription drugs. The details of what is or is not essential were left to the Department of Health and Human Services to decide. On Friday, however, the department put out a bulletin proposing to let each state come up with its own definition. The move — which shielded the administration from a potential firestorm of criticism from patient advocates on one side and business groups on the other — was politically deft.
August 29, 2011
To bring health insurance to more Americans, the federal healthcare reform law calls for billions of dollars in subsidies for lower-income households. The law gives states an option, though, that could cut costs while also making the coverage more affordable. Called a Basic Health Program, it would serve as a transitional step between Medicaid and the private insurance plans. A bill by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) to create such an option in California is pending. Lawmakers should approve it. The program would give low-income families an alternative to the insurance exchange that California is creating for consumers not covered by employer-sponsored plans or MediCal.
April 26, 2011
Over the past year, two major health insurers in California have proposed eye-popping rate increases, only to settle for smaller hikes after a public outcry. Now lawmakers are considering a proposal to let state regulators block rate hikes they consider unreasonable, just as they can do for most other types of insurance. Indus?try lobbyists argue that premiums are rising not because they're profiteering, but because healthcare costs are climbing. That's certainly part of the explanation.