June 19, 2002
Thank you for your June 16 article "Jail Suicides Reach Record Pace in State." As usual, The Times is at the forefront identifying and highlighting growing problems before others recognize their existence. The Times' editorials supporting AB 1421 offer a solution to at least one, and probably many other, suicide cases. Instead of releasing Joshua Daniel Lee to continue his slide into severe psychosis, if court-mandated, assisted-outpatient treatment (AB 1421) were available and utilized, his death, his alleged victim's death and many other preventable deaths might have been avoided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2008 |
Public health officials said Friday that 546 inmates at the Chuckwalla Valley State Prison have been stricken with flu-like symptoms. Ten have been hospitalized and two have died since Feb. 23. "We have been at the prison and have taken the proper steps to deal with the outbreak," said Dr. Eric Frykman, Riverside County public health officer. "I want to reassure the community that the outbreak does not pose any unusual health risks." Officials are reviewing the deaths to see if influenza was a factor.
April 30, 2003 |
State health officials said that arsenic probably was the cause of several illnesses at a church gathering and that it may have contributed to the death of a 78-year-old man. State Health Director Dora Anne Mills said a preliminary analysis identified arsenic as "a probable causative agent" in Sunday's outbreak after services at the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church in northern Maine. Five people remained hospitalized Tuesday.
December 4, 2012 |
PETERSBORO, Utah - By any measure, Vean Woodbrey looms large. Dressed in denim bib overalls, he stands 6 feet 4, weighs 275 pounds and wears size 16 shoes. His children - all 16 of them - jokingly call him Sasquatch because of the cartoonish spread of his footprint. So do many of his 70 grandchildren and great-grandkids. And then there is the 7-foot-tall wooden giraffe he's carving inside his home workshop in this farming town near the Idaho border. He runs a gnarled hand along the figure's neck, wiping off the sawdust that covers everything like an early season snow.
April 8, 1993 |
The mayor Wednesday urged residents to boil their drinking water after tests found an organism in eight water samples in this city where a mysterious digestive illness has sickened thousands of people. The organism found in the water so far hasn't been linked to the illness, which has closed some schools. But Mayor John Norquist said that as a precaution people should boil any city water used for drinking or washing food.
March 24, 2011 |
Rafael Furcal tapped his bare stomach and declared he was ready for opening day. His midsection was protruding but didn't look nearly as large as it did when the Dodgers started full-squad workouts five weeks ago. Asked how much weight he had lost, Furcal said, "Five pounds. " Only five? The All-Star shortstop explained that what looked like fat wasn't fat. His expanded waistline was the result of bloating, a side effect of medication he took in the winter. Reporting from Phoenix ?
December 7, 2009 |
"Don't you wish you had just slapped her in the hospital?" a good friend asked me after my daughter had recovered from a four-year battle with anorexia. It was hard for me to hear that -- she had successfully recovered and yet I was still criticized. It was equally difficult for me to erase the whispers I'd sensed behind my back while I opted to work with her at home, with three professionals, rather than place her in a clinic. "You are wrong to leave him there!" chastised a solid friend of 20 years when both the hospice and my father's family physician insisted I place him in an Alzheimer's facility for his own safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
I am deeply concerned that "Gulf War Illness Caused by Bacteria, Doctors Say" (March 9) conveys an inaccurate perception that an unsubstantiated theory is established fact. Based on comments and inquiries received by the Veterans Administration, your report seems to have needlessly frightened the general public and veterans who are suffering from conditions they attribute to service in the gulf. The best medical evidence available finds no basis to claim that "we're sitting on top of a contagious disease," or that the nation's blood supply is somehow endangered by Gulf War veterans who give blood.
February 2, 1986 |
The woman is 74 years old and has had a difficult life. She watched her mother die of a painful illness, she lost two siblings violently, and she suffered through a long marriage to an alcoholic husband who beat her. She has had to work hard since she was a child. Her only rest has come when she has been ill, and she has been ill frequently.
January 5, 1986
I am responding to your editorial as a psychologist bending my efforts for more than 30 years in treating those human beings diagnosed as having schizophrenia. I am delighted that these very needful people are begining to be recognized as human beings that can be dealt with not only with more humane methods but also in a manner that will restore their dignity and help many return to a productive life. These homeless are a tragic representation of the apathy that has been fostered by a professional world that has turned its back on these people and by a lay public that has suffered from massive misinformation about what in fact mental illness is. As you point out, the rationale for deinstitutionalization is a sound one, but in my opinion it is because our state hospitals have represented no more that omnipotent shrines that have never done much more than warehouse the people they were supposed to treat.