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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1993
Now it is in black and white. The hospitals charge some patients more to cover their cost. My experience: After over 30 years of having a small business and paying group insurance for my employees I lost my insurance because of "previous medical problems." I could get no insurance anywhere. I had cancer of my right kidney. After paying up front, I was admitted to a hospital. My kidney was removed and I was there for six days. The bill was over $47,000--$8,000 per day! Going over the bill there were double, triple and quadruple billings for the same $9 aspirin, etc., I am grateful for the care I did receive, but I paid for three or four others.
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NEWS
July 1, 1989 | From United Press International
Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos remained semi-comatose and on a dialysis machine Friday after removal of a malfunctioning transplanted kidney, a hospital official said. "The condition has not worsened since yesterday (Thursday). He remains semi-comatose, but is responding to pain, but not command," Eugene Tiwanak, St. Francis Medical Center assistant administrator, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A growth on a kidney removed from conductor James Levine was malignant, but doctors say the cancer was caught early and no further treatment is needed, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday. Doctors in New York removed the right kidney last week because the growth was causing pressure and discomfort for Levine, 65, music director of the BSO and the Metropolitan Opera. The surgery forced him to miss the remainder of the BSO's Tanglewood season. Levine's brother, Tom Levine, said in a statement that his brother was relieved by the doctors' report, in good spirits recuperating at home and looking forward to conducting the opening events of the 2008-09 seasons of the BSO and the Met in September.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Responses to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines keep rolling in: The Laughing Cow wrote to inform us that its mini cheeses make“ the perfect complements to plant-based foods adding taste, texture and additional nutrients.”   The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal-rights group, lauds the guidelines for discussing vegetarian and vegan diet options but says they “are far from perfect” because they don’t sufficiently discourage meat and cheese.
NEWS
August 15, 2012
Prince Philip, the 91-year-old consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is back in the hospital, this time for a recurrence of a urinary tract infection he suffered earlier in the summer. Buckingham Palace says he'll be in for a few days for observation and treatment, according to the Associated Press. Bladder infection sounds like a minor problem, but it can be serious -- particularly among the elderly. In a worst-case scenario , urinary tract infections can result in acute or chronic kidney infection -- causing permanent kidney damage or failure -- or sepsis, a possibly deadly infection of the bloodstream, according to health websites.
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
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.
OPINION
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.
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