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September 12, 2012 | Chad Terhune
The price of health insurance provided by employers rose a moderate 4% this year, a major survey shows, but experts warn that rates may climb higher next year. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 4%, on average, to $15,745, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That was down from a 9% hike in 2011. Still, even modest increases in healthcare costs are difficult to absorb for many businesses and workers struggling to cope with a sluggish economy.
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September 12, 2012 | Chad Terhune
The price of health insurance provided by employers rose a moderate 4% this year, a major survey shows, but experts warn that rates may climb higher next year. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 4%, on average, to $15,745, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That was down from a 9% hike in 2011. Still, even modest increases in healthcare costs are difficult to absorb for many businesses and workers struggling to cope with a sluggish economy.
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BUSINESS
February 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
A defectively designed heart valve fails about four times more often than previously thought, and younger patients with no apparent problems may want to have those valves replaced, a consumer group said Thursday. A Dutch study of 2,303 patients with this heart valve, manufactured by the Irvine-based Shiley unit of Pfizer Inc., found the cumulative failure rate over eight years was 4.2%. Among younger patients, that rate was 6.3%. The 4.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
A defectively designed heart valve fails about four times more often than previously thought, and younger patients with no apparent problems may want to have those valves replaced, a consumer group said Thursday. A Dutch study of 2,303 patients with this heart valve, manufactured by the Irvine-based Shiley unit of Pfizer Inc., found the cumulative failure rate over eight years was 4.2%. Among younger patients, that rate was 6.3%. The 4.
NEWS
July 6, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When 43-year-old porn actor Tyce Bune goes to work these days, he makes sure to pack something extra in his briefcase along with the usual script and change of clothes: a vial of Viagra tablets. On a typical day, when filming can stretch on for 14 hours, Bune will strip down and have sex in front of a camera crew as many as three times. During busy times, he might work five days a week.
NEWS
September 9, 1986
A public health advocacy group asked the Food and Drug Administration to order warning labels for a popular arthritis remedy, saying that the drug can be dangerous. The Public Citizen Health Research Group said clinical studies in Canada have shown that elderly patients taking Feldene attain a higher level of the drug in their blood than younger patients on the same dosage, and that this can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1988
Overcrowding in California Youth Authority institutions should be eased by funding diversified community-based centers rather than building additional high-security training schools and camps, a nonprofit health research group contended Monday in a presentation to the Los Angeles Children's Commission.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Consumer Group Calls for Ban on Halcion: A consumer health group called for a ban on the sleeping pill Halcion, made by Upjohn Co., citing studies showing that it causes amnesia, confusion and other mental disorders in patients. The drug is popular because it works quickly and does not cause grogginess. But Dr.
NEWS
December 21, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A citizens health group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban most uses of bone screws in the spine until they can be shown to be safe and effective. Public Citizen Health Research Group said the expensive and often dangerous screws are implanted in the spines of up to 70,000 people a year as a treatment for back pain.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Suit Filed Against Heart Valve Firm: The Public Citizen Health Research Group filed suit Wednesday on behalf of recipients of the Bjork-Shiley heart valves in Los Angeles Superior Court. The nonprofit consumer group said it will ask the court to order the maker of the valve, Shiley Inc. of Irvine, and its parent firm, Pfizer Inc. of New York, to notify people who received the "convexo-concave" mechanical valve of potential malfunctions.
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