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January 5, 2003
Re "Israeli Team Grows Kidneys in Mice," Dec. 28: As a physician, I was astounded to read that Israeli scientists were able to create a functioning anatomical kidney in a mouse. It's an invaluable breakthrough in alleviating suffering for countless of millions of people with kidney disease. This discovery undoubtedly will be hailed one day as one of the quantum leaps of medical progress and lead to a Nobel Prize. What unfortunately didn't astound me is utter lack of judgment by The Times in burying this announcement in a small story on Page 18. I wonder which part of the story didn't rate, it's newsworthiness, or the country of origin of the discovery.
April 15, 1989
It has been 17 years since my father passed away. Jim Murray's column (April 14) made me realize how much I really miss him. Yes, he drank a lot. He drank to kill the pain of arthritis in his hips and ankles. He was a good father, stern but fair, and loyal to his wife, family and friends. He had a tremendous dislike of phony people and could spot them from a mile away. He also never forgot an injustice. His loves were the game of football and his roses. As we grew up we learned early on--don't bother him during a football game and don't play around the flowers.
June 3, 1989 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, Susan Christian is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
First there was the baby boom. Then parents, basking in the nation's nouveau affluence, looked for ways to keep all those children entertained. Along came the swimming pool boom. Pools went down as routinely as tract houses went up. Three standard shapes--kidney, rectangular and circular--were all the rage. An obligatory diving board stood as the pool's sole decoration. Lawn furniture, a couple of trees and a swing set completed the home's exterior design. Twenty-five years later, those water holes of yesteryear look as if they belong in a Doris Day movie.
June 11, 2008 | Seema Mehta
Jose L. Banda, 51, was named superintendent of the Anaheim School District on Monday. Banda replaces Sandra Barry, who announced earlier this year that she would retire after eight years with the district so she could donate a kidney to her son. Banda will begin his job in the 19,200-student district in July. He has a degree from Cal State Bakersfield and a master's in education leadership from Chapman University. Banda is a deputy superintendent in Oceanside and has 28 years of experience in education.
September 15, 2003
Regarding "Peace of Mind -- but at a Price" (Sept. 1): Let me add my voice to the 1% who have been given a new lease on life from having a body scan. I am a healthy 60-year-old male who is in excellent health and who rides a bicycle regularly. In June 2002, my wife and I both had body (torso) scans done to provide part of a base line on our medical health. My wife came out OK. I got a call from the doctor who read the scan. He said he saw a mass on my right kidney. The follow-up work further pointed to a cancerous mass.
March 5, 2003
Usually I disagree with Michael Ramirez's point of view, but his Feb. 27 editorial cartoon was an exception. As a live organ donor who had the privilege of saving a stranger's life through the donation of my kidney, I have seen the impact of donations not only on the recipient but on the lives of the recipient's family members. It is difficult to imagine what it means to save a life, let alone have the life of someone you love be saved, unless you have gone through such a profound experience.
March 15, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
There was no self-promoting going on seven years ago, not a single news release when four NBA players got together to help pay for a life-saving operation for their mentor and coach. "They were not seeking attention," Kim Hughes said Tuesday. "Clearly they did it for the right reasons. When I first had the surgery, I didn't know what they had done until my wife, Christy , told me. I was totally shocked. " Hughes, the former Clippers assistant coach, was talking about current Clippers center Chris Kaman and his then-teammates Elton Brand , Corey Maggette and Marko Jaric . The players helped cover an out-of-network procedure after Hughes was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
August 23, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Jon Lucien, a singer who used his rich, expressive baritone to pioneer smooth jazz years before it was fashionable to do so, died Saturday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 65. Lucien died of respiratory failure and complications from kidney surgery, according to his wife, Delesa. He had undergone a kidney transplant two years ago, she said. With his blend of Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms and a suave style, Lucien emerged on the music scene in the early 1970s with a recording contract for RCA. But although his early albums drew devoted fans, the records never sold in large numbers.
June 6, 1989 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
With the flag at the Capitol flying at half staff, the state Assembly was quiet during normal working hours Monday as many colleagues of the late Bill Bradley flew to San Diego to pay their respects at the funeral of the San Marcos Republican assemblyman. Bradley, 70, died Thursday morning after a nearly four-year struggle against cancer, which was complicated by a chronic bleeding ulcer. Out of respect to the well-liked Bradley, lawmakers put off their business until Monday night or today.
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