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March 26, 2001 | From Newsday
Diabetes (Type 1): A syndrome in which the immune system gradually destroys the insulin-making beta cells on the pancreas. Result is loss of blood-sugar control. Can be fatal if not treated, but is controllable with regular insulin injections. Graves' disease: Referred to as acute toxic goiter, this is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It is a chronic disorder with remissions and relapses.
July 17, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
For the second time in a month, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a prescription weight-loss medication for the nation's 78 million obese adults after maintaining for years that the measly benefits of the pills did not outweigh their significant costs. Qsymia, a combination of two drugs already approved to treat other conditions, "provides another option for the chronic weight management of Americans" who are obese or who are overweight and suffer a related condition such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or worrisome cholesterol readings, said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA's chief of drug evaluation, on Tuesday.
August 22, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL, David Ferrell is a Times staff writer who reports on urban problems and life in L.A. His last article for the magazine concerned the plight of AIDS patients seeking care in L.A. County
IN A VIOLENT SPORT, IN A VIOLENT CITY, AL STANKIE HANGS ON. HE IS a man of sweat and physical force, a trainer of young boxers. He understands pain, fatigue and the human spirit. At 53, Stankie has known the exultant rush of triumph in the Olympic Games, the heartache of abysmal failure, even jail. Now if he can only figure himself out, maybe there is time, maybe a way, to live out the fairy tale he imagines for himself.
April 16, 1989 | JACK SCHREIBMAN, Associated Press
Millions of Americans, including some of the best chefs in the nation, have a problem right under their very noses, a specialist has reported to a scientific forum. They suffer from impaired sense of smell and taste, said Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, director of Chicago's Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. "Approximately 4 million people in the United States suffer from smell and taste disorders," said Hirsch, who presented a paper on the smell sense of top chefs before the recent meeting of the American Rhinologic Society.
Although heartened by Gail Devers' gold-medal comeback in the women's 100-meter race, physicians specializing in thyroid conditions say they are perplexed and disturbed by her account of her battle against Graves' disease. Some of the pieces, they say, just don't compute. In particular, they say it is virtually impossible that the radioactive iodine she took to quell her overactive thyroid caused her feet to become so swollen and inflamed that doctors considered cutting them off.
August 24, 1989 | JACK CHEEVERS, Times Staff Writer
State medical authorities have disciplined a Van Nuys doctor charged with responsibility for inappropriate injections given to a middle-aged gangrene patient who later died. Medical officials also revoked the license of a Sun Valley doctor who allegedly prescribed heavy amounts of drugs to people with no symptoms and falsely certified them as ill so they could collect state disability payments. The California Board of Medical Quality Assurance decided earlier this month to place Dr. Frank J.
February 28, 2011 | By Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
The recent starvation death of an aspiring South Korean filmmaker is prompting a vigorous public dialogue here over compensation for artists in the nation's burgeoning movie industry. Authorities have not connected the death of director Choi Ko-eun, 32, whose emaciated corpse was found last month in her tiny flat, with her profession. Shortly before her body was discovered, she had posted a note on her neighbor's door. "It's shameful, but I haven't eaten anything for days.
November 27, 2006
Does having a relatively rapid resting pulse rate (say 90 beats or so per minute) make aerobic exercise more stressful on the heart and respiratory system than having a slower resting pulse rate? CAT St. Petersburg, Fla. In most cases, a high resting heart rate will not necessarily make aerobic exercise more stressful on the heart and respiratory system, says Dr.
July 31, 1988 | TONY KORNHEISER, The Washington Post
At the moment, Pat Bradley stands 103rd on the LPGA money list, so far down that everything looks like up to her. She's made $12,000 this year. Two years ago, when she was Player of the Year, she won $492,000. She hasn't won a tournament in 15 months. Two years ago she won five, but more impressive, Bradley won three of the four majors. No female golfer ever had a year like she had in 1986. Now, if she was any deeper, she'd be breathing through a snorkel.
Is grumpiness a normal condition of the elderly? Are aches and pains and waning appetites inevitable signs of aging? Do older people become so rundown they can't be expected to keep up an active social life? Wrong on all counts, says Dr. Anne Egbert, a geriatrician at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. Elderly people and their loved ones should not accept crotchetiness and other commonly observed "symptoms" of old age as normal, she says.
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