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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
June 11, 1989
In response to T. Rose's letter, anytime I hear someone say, "I love animals. I have a dog, but . . ." I know that this person hasn't the faintest idea what the animal rights/anti-vivisectionist movement is about. It's like the researcher who says he loves dogs, has a dog at home and goes to the dog lab at the university and, without a sidelong glance, instructs students on how to cut open a dog with a minimum of anesthetic. This movement is not just caring about animals, it's primarily caring about people.
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