August 5, 2013 |
As a surgical oncologist, I'm usually the one delivering the bad news. But this time I was the recipient. Nine days earlier, my dermatologist had taken a biopsy from a small pink dot on my back, and now the results were available. It was, he told me, malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. I envisioned the irony of my obituary: "Melanoma surgeon dies of melanoma. " Specializing in the care of melanoma patients makes me all too aware of the facts. I know that melanoma is one of only a few cancers whose incidence is increasing.
June 7, 2012 |
Kids these days! They heed your warnings to buckle up and to call for a ride if their lift home has been drinking. But then they go and text their BFF while driving to soccer practice after school. Efforts to keep them safe are indeed reducing injuries and death among American adolescents, a new study says. But there are new risks, some posed by new technologies, that we never thought to warn them about. This is the kind of mixed picture of youth "risk-taking behavior" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.
March 22, 2011 |
The rich really are different from the rest of us – at least when it comes to skin cancer. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Archives of Dermatology that examined the incidence of melanoma among younger women of various income levels. Not only were melanoma rates highest among those with the highest incomes, the number of new diagnoses also grew fastest in that group too. A team of California researchers zeroed in on non-Hispanic white women between 15 and 39, a demographic for which the incidence of melanoma has doubled over the last 30 years.
January 24, 2010
Re: "Salon owners call tanning tax unfair," Jan. 20: It will be a dark day for Americans if Congress enacts a tax on indoor tanning treatments. And this is no pigment of my imagination. They can raise taxes, but can they tax rays? Americans, don't take this lying down! Ken Goldman Beverly Hills Worried about banks' power Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Chase's grip on data is too loose," Jan. 20: The column on Chase bank inadvertently disclosing confidential customer information was quite worrisome.
December 19, 2009 |
WASHINGTON — With a critical vote looming this weekend, Senate Democrats reached a deal with the lone Democratic holdout -- Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who will back the party's healthcare bill after settling weeks of negotiating over abortion. That would give Democrats the 60 votes they need to quash a series of Republican-led filibusters and pass a bill by Christmas. Nelson, who was pushing for tougher restrictions on federal funding for abortion, reached the agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office after round-the-clock talks with Reid and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
March 30, 1988 |
I went to the Slender You Figure Salon in the New York area one morning to try the new toning tables, attracted by the promise of a "no sweat" workout that I could get from simply lying on six different motorized tables that would gently move and stretch my body.
June 9, 1989 |
You know things are really changing when George Hamilton, Mr. Tan himself, admits to being cautious about sunbathing. Not that he's swearing off, but having perfected his golden, rotisserie glow, he's teaching himself to play it safer. This new attitude accompanies his first sun product collection, George Hamilton's Sun Care System, which he will introduce Tuesday at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, from 1 till 2:30 p.m. The 49-year-old ray catcher now admits that not even he is immune to the aging effects of his favorite pastime.
June 21, 2011 |
Big props to the Los Angeles Unified School District for doing away with chocolate milk and other sweetened drinks. The district is now a full-fledged practitioner of Obamacare. No, not that Obamacare. The other one. President Obama deserves credit for taking a leadership role in promoting healthcare reform. But the complexity of our medical system is such that no one person can solve all our problems. "Obamacare" is thus a misnomer when it comes to making the necessary political, economic and regulatory fixes.
May 20, 2010 |
Nearly half of all Americans in the private sector work for a business with fewer than 50 employees. These firms have always struggled to provide health benefits. And as healthcare costs have skyrocketed in recent years, many have been forced to drop coverage. Today, fewer than half of firms with 10 employees or less provide health benefits, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust. The new healthcare law is designed specifically to help small businesses, although not all businesses will qualify for the aid. Here are some of the ways the law may work out for employees and employers: If I work for a small business, will my employer have to provide health benefits?