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May 1, 1995 | ISAAC GUZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When you live on the streets, the search for a hot meal, a blanket and a bed makes a visit to the doctor seem like an unwarranted luxury. So you ignore the simple ailments--head colds, cut fingers--and wind up with pneumonia or some other deadly infection. Maybe you know you're diabetic or suffering from tuberculosis. But what can you do? You've got to eat first, and you've got no time to take care of illness, much less pay for treatment.
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NEWS
October 4, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A regular exercise program is good for pretty much every segment of the population, including homeless men. A small study of homeless men living in Copenhagen found that playing street soccer for 12 weeks improved their cardiovascular health, blood pressure, body fat percentage and cholesterol. Although pedometer readings revealed that the study participants averaged more than 10,000 steps a day, they lacked intense physical activity that can improve the cardiovascular system. The majority of the men said they regularly smoked cigarettes and marijuana, and many also drank alcohol.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
A majority of tuberculosis cases among the homeless in Los Angeles result from new infections rather than the reactivation of an old, dormant infection, USC researchers report today. The new results suggest that the number of TB cases among the homeless could be sharply reduced by measures to control the spread of the bacterium that causes the disease, Dr. Peter F. Barnes and his colleagues report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
United Way of Greater Los Angeles this week unveiled a 10-year plan that would shift more of its spending to poverty-fighting programs that meet the organization's goals to cut dropout rates, reduce homelessness and expand healthcare for children. President Elise Buik said the blueprint seeks to sharpen United Way's focus on problems that threaten to overwhelm local government agencies and leave Los Angeles with an under-skilled labor force.
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | BEA MAXWELL
Hollywood Sunset Clinic received the 1989 Good Neighbor Grant of $25,000 Feb. 21 from Kaiser Permanente Foundation. Proceeds will be used to support the clinic's homeless health outreach project that provides free medical services to the youth sheltered at Angel's Flight in the MacArthur Park area. * AIDS Walk Long Beach 1990 held a celebration March 25 aboard the Queen Mary in the Britannia Salon (donated by Spruce Goose Entertainment Center) to celebrate net proceeds to date of $110,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1988 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
The 36-year-old woman winced in pain with each step. A gash on a little toe had been infected for days. Now the dirty foot was swelling--and she was worried. "My safety is in my walking," said Pamela, who did not want to give her full name because her son does not know she lives on the streets of South-Central Los Angeles. "If my foot goes bad I'm in trouble." It was Pamela's painful walk that led her into a makeshift doctor's office for treatment.
OPINION
July 26, 1987 | Michael R. Cousineau, Michael R. Cousineau is executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Health Care Project
The recent police sweeps of homeless people from the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles, and the opening of a downtown campground, made us aware again that not all of us have a place to call home. Upwards of 30,000 men, women and children--no one really knows how many--fall into that category in Los Angeles County, one of the largest concentrations of homeless in the United States. The city's campground idea at best is a Band-Aid on a festering sore that will do little to alleviate homelessness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His face was dirty and glistened with sweat, his stubbly jaw was swollen by an abscessed tooth. Paul Newton, who is 45 years old and totes his belongings in a pillowcase, had already been through the lunch line and had his blood pressure checked. But when the USC nursing student offered him a packet of condoms, Newton was defiant. "If I loved someone enough to have sex with them," he demanded, "do you think I would take a chance on a condom breaking?"
NEWS
April 25, 1990 | SHAWN HUBLER and VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There is a man with AIDS who sleeps each night in an abandoned garage in Hawthorne. There is another who bunks at a Skid Row hotel--when he doesn't squander his disability check on crack. There is still another who lived for months in his car before social workers managed to squeeze him into a halfway house. And three more who were turned away from a Venice mission when workers learned that the three were infected with the virus.
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | IAN JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two weeks last spring, Curtis Davis dozed in a plastic chair on the first floor of a Skid Row homeless shelter where 350 men prop themselves up shoulder-to-shoulder all night long. Davis drifted in and out of sleep amid fits of coughing that erupted around the room--a sound he had come to know from so many other nights spent in shelters since 1991. "There are a lot of bad coughs around here," said Davis, who by the next month had a slight cough himself.
NEWS
August 16, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If he's a robot, she's his heartbeat. When Tipper Gore takes center stage at Staples Center on Thursday to introduce the vice president at the Democratic National Convention, she will speak both as a veteran political spouse and as the person Al Gore whispers to as he fades off to sleep. As for Tipper, her smile, her warmth and her confidence make her seem easy to know. Even those who fault her husband are inclined to have generous words for the woman he needs by his side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marked by shelters and soup kitchens, the blocks around 5th and San Pedro streets usually are among the most desperate in the city. But for a few hours Wednesday, a three-block area here was transformed into a spirited festival of sorts, with live music, balloons festooning San Julian Park, and lines of people at canopied booths for the fourth annual Health Fair for the Homeless. More than 1,000 people received health screenings, referrals and information about other services for the poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
A majority of tuberculosis cases among the homeless in Los Angeles result from new infections rather than the reactivation of an old, dormant infection, USC researchers report today. The new results suggest that the number of TB cases among the homeless could be sharply reduced by measures to control the spread of the bacterium that causes the disease, Dr. Peter F. Barnes and his colleagues report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | IAN JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two weeks last spring, Curtis Davis dozed in a plastic chair on the first floor of a Skid Row homeless shelter where 350 men prop themselves up shoulder-to-shoulder all night long. Davis drifted in and out of sleep amid fits of coughing that erupted around the room--a sound he had come to know from so many other nights spent in shelters since 1991. "There are a lot of bad coughs around here," said Davis, who by the next month had a slight cough himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1995 | ISAAC GUZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When you live on the streets, the search for a hot meal, a blanket and a bed makes a visit to the doctor seem like an unwarranted luxury. So you ignore the simple ailments--head colds, cut fingers--and wind up with pneumonia or some other deadly infection. Maybe you know you're diabetic or suffering from tuberculosis. But what can you do? You've got to eat first, and you've got no time to take care of illness, much less pay for treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1994 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Counsel DeWitt Clinton, in a brief but definitive opinion, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that it would be illegal to allow needle exchange programs for drug abusers under any circumstances. Clinton's opinion appeared to dash, for the moment, the hopes of several board members who favor needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug abusers.
NEWS
August 10, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homeless advocates who had feared the health consequences of closing the county's two publicly funded winter homeless shelters said Friday there is now hope that the program will be spared the budget ax. Supervisor Thomas F. Riley said he is "almost certain" that an agreement will be reached to restore funds to the popular program, operated out of National Guard armories in Santa Ana and Fullerton. Riley was unsure where the money would come from.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1987
Los Angeles County is not meeting the health needs of the homeless on Skid Row where the incidence of AIDS and tuberculosis cases is increasing, a county grand jury committee concluded in a report distributed Tuesday. "We find that the quality and availability of health care provided by Los Angeles County for a large segment of its population is inadequate and could turn into a major embarrassment for the county," the grand jury's Social and Human Services Committee stated in its report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1993 | ANNE KLARNER
Pacific Clinics, a San Gabriel Valley nonprofit mental-health organization, will expand its homeless outreach project into Glendale thanks to funding arranged by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. An "outreach van," whose two social worker-operators hope to make contact with and provide treatment for mentally ill homeless people, should be cruising the city streets sometime about the first week of May, said clinic President Susan Mandel.
NEWS
November 29, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, Christmas came early this year with the gift of a mobile medical unit to serve the homeless. The renovated recreational vehicle, donated by a Calabasas landscaping firm, includes three fully equipped examining rooms, a bathroom with shower and toilet, and a small waiting room outfitted with a television set and VCR to show educational videotapes. The mobile clinic began stopping at shelters in Downtown, East Los Angeles and South-Central last week.
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