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March 15, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It could have been the frenzied emergency room of a county hospital. A teen-aged rape victim lay on the floor in the fetal position, crying inconsolably and sucking her thumb. A petite girl with long brown hair asked for a pregnancy test but ended up disclosing that she recently had been molested and beaten. A 17-year-old with purple eyebrows and barrettes to match was having an asthma attack triggered by stress. Another teen-ager wanted the Norplant contraceptive removed from her arm.
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January 30, 1999
After conducting extensive skin testing and some physical exams, Orange County health officials are convinced that no one at Orange High School contracted tuberculosis from a teenager who was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. "There is no outbreak of tuberculosis and no spread at the school," said Penny Weismuller, manager of disease control for the county Health Care Agency.
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September 25, 1996 | ERIC SHEPARD and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amy Joyce received her wake-up call loud and clear the last two weeks after reading countless stories about the football-related deaths of two Southland high school players. So at a cost of $1,500 to her family, Joyce has scheduled her son, Cody, a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Hart High in Newhall, to undergo an extensive physical examination today. Hart is one of the area's top teams, and Cody, a top college prospect, seldom leaves the field during a game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After conducting extensive skin testing and some physical exams, Orange County health officials are convinced that no one at Orange High School contracted tuberculosis from a teenager who was diagnosed with the disease this month. "There is no outbreak of tuberculosis and no spread at the school," said Penny Weismuller, manager of disease control for the county Health Care Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second round of tuberculosis screening at La Quinta High School shows that as many as 106 additional students and staff are infected with the bacteria that could cause the disease in the future, authorities said. But Orange County Health Officer Hugh Stallworth said that no more students were found with active TB. Stallworth conceded that the large number of people--97 students and nine staff members--whose skin tests turned up positive last week was unexpected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997 | EMILY OTANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 200 Fountain Valley High School students will undergo testing for tuberculosis next week after a student was diagnosed with the contagious disease. County health officials ordered testing at the high school next Tuesday for students who had shared classes with the girl last semester. Her teachers have been tested, and the results were negative. Officials notified the school Jan. 27 that the girl had an active case of tuberculosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State experts on communicable disease arrived in Orange County Wednesday to help county health officials sharpen plans for handling the tuberculosis outbreak at La Quinta High School. The stepped-up role for the state is due in part to officials' belief that 20 people have been exposed to a student who suffered a recent relapse of a highly drug-resistant strain of TB. Almost 200 students and staff members were already being treated before the new cases started appearing in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The William S. Hart Union High School District took its first step toward implementing a school-based Medi-Cal program by authorizing a study to determine if the idea is feasible. Proponents say the program would allow the school district to receive federal funds just for providing existing health services required by law, and the money could be used to expand services to needy students and their families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Laguna Beach Unified School District and the Community Clinic have joined forces in what leaders say is a community-wide push to increase AIDS awareness among middle school and high school students. "We're not aware of anything else that's happening in the state and we suspect we're the first in the country to do this kind of thing," said clinic director Gary Erb.
NEWS
May 10, 1992 | DIANNE KLEIN
It happened, finally, the other night at Newport Harbor High. This was a big deal. There had been misgivings about the whole undertaking, worries over approach. Hoag Hospital, which had agreed to participate in the program, pulled out. As she introduced the program moderator, the PTA president told the overflow crowd that she was delighted a parent "felt comfortable enough with this delicate and sensitive topic" to accept such a responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Health officials will test about 300 students and staff at Orange High School after a senior was found to have low-level, communicable tuberculosis, health and school officials said Friday. The student, who apparently caught the disease from an uncle who visited the family home frequently, has mildly contagious tuberculosis. Still, the incident requires testing people with whom the student had contact.
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Homosexual and bisexual high school students are more likely to engage in risky sexual and drug-related activity than their heterosexual peers, according to a study. They are also more likely to have attempted suicide than their peers, according to the report by Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts Department of Education and Wake Forest University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County public health officials Wednesday administered tuberculosis skin tests to 300 students and faculty members at John F. Kennedy High School who have been in contact with a student recently treated for the disease. Health officials will return to the campus Friday to examine the skin tests, said Dr. Penny Weismuller, county manager of disease control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1997
A health clinic operated by Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles has opened at Manual Arts High School, the eighth such facility in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The clinic is being staffed by a doctor, nurse, mental health professional and health educator. In the last 12 months, clinics at district schools reported more than 15,400 patient visits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1997
A health clinic that will serve Hollywood High School's 3,000 students opened Wednesday with a celebration hosted by the school's faculty and staff. The free clinic will be staffed 2 1/2 days a week by a doctor, nurse, mental health clinician and health educator affiliated with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Many students who have no access to health care will be able to get services such as physical examinations and health information, school officials said.
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July 28, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Willie Wallace was the kind of kid everyone liked. A big, open-faced, friendly boy who always had time to listen. The 14-year-old's good heart did not extend to his real heart, however, where a narrowing below his aortic valve sometimes left him short of breath. The condition--diagnosed by pediatric cardiologists when Willie was a kindergartner--was being monitored by his doctors; when it became severe enough, it would probably require surgery.
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September 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fewer American students are taking high school physical education than during the mid-1980s, and only a fraction say they regularly exercise in school, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the federal health agency said a nationwide survey of 11,631 students in grades 9 to 12 found that only 48% of American high school students were enrolled in physical education classes last year, compared with 65% in 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1988
With considerable fanfare, the Los Angeles school district unveiled a student health clinic at Los Angeles High School on Tuesday--the third of three such clinics put into operation since September. The Los Angeles High clinic opened for business last week and has already treated 44 students for a wide range of common ailments, such as earaches and colds. "We were very busy last week," clinic coordinator Socorro Macias said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
With school-wide tuberculosis testing nearly completed at Fountain Valley High School, only one additional student has been found with an abnormal chest X-ray. That student is out of school. Two other students who had shown positive results to TB skin tests and who also had shown symptoms of the disease returned to school Tuesday after officials deemed them not infected. Testing for 1,950 students began March 10; as of Tuesday, only 20 students were still due to receive the skin tests.
NEWS
March 10, 1997 | SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
It seems, on the surface, a reasonable response to the nation's teenage suicide problem: teach schoolchildren that life is better than death. But this deceptively simple concept has touched off an emotionally raw debate over whether suicide prevention lessons taught in thousands of classrooms--often without parental knowledge--help students or introduce the idea of self-destruction to susceptible young minds.
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