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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every morning for six months, 100 volunteers in San Bernardino are dutifully swallowing pills. But these human volunteers--recruited by Loma Linda University Medical Center and paid $1,000 apiece--are not testing a new medication. The pills contain an industrial pollutant called perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel. The experiment, which is funded by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, is designed to see whether perchlorate pollution is harmful to human health.
December 28, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Several longtime residents of a Simi Valley neighborhood suffer from lung cancer or the thyroid condition Graves' disease. And they think they might know why: contamination from a nearby rocket-testing site. Resident Stanford Lovett met some of his ill neighbors for the first time Dec. 11 at a public hearing on the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, where missiles were often tested during the Cold War.
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