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April 10, 1991 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A routine county Health Department inspection has led to the discovery of more than 100 spiders from a rare, potentially dangerous species in the basements of six downtown Los Angeles buildings. "Have you seen the movie 'Arachnaphobia?' " said Frank Hall, chief of the county's Vectorborne Disease Surveillance and Entomology Program. "It was close to that."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison and Alan Zarembo
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will offer free blood testing on a massive scale for lead poisoning to address worries that a Vernon battery recycler has jeopardized the health of hundreds of thousands of residents in southeast Los Angeles, officials said Thursday. The effort, which is likely to stretch from Boyle Heights to Huntington Park, comes amid rising fears about emissions and leaks from the Exide Technologies facility. Surrounded by dense immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, it is one of the largest such plants in the country.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two cases of endemic typhus, a disease transmitted to humans by fleas from wild animals, have been confirmed this year in Los Angeles County, health officials said Wednesday. A 9-year-old girl and a 34-year-old man living near Echo Park contracted the disease after being bitten by fleas, health officials said. Both later recovered. About 72 cases have been reported in Los Angeles County since 1993, including one death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a warning Monday about the air quality in the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys. Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding advised people with respiratory or heart disease to stay inside as much as possible and to avoid outdoor exercise. Children with asthma or other respiratory problems shouldn't do physical education or other activities outside, according to the public health department. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the air quality was unhealthy for everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in the San Gabriel mountains and valleys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1988 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
For Los Angeles, 1988 was a year at the flash point, a volatile period in which spectacular fires and senseless street-gang gunfire dominated the headlines. The most stunning single news event was probably the May 4 blaze that threatened to turn the city's tallest skyscraper, the 62-story First Interstate Bank tower, into a colossal torch. Working feverishly, 275 firefighters quelled the flames within four hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1991 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal health experts recommended Thursday that infants be immunized against hepatitis B, a potentially deadly cause of liver disease, in addition to the vaccinations they currently receive. However, Los Angeles health officials said there does not appear to be any urgency in administering the vaccine here because the rate of infection has rapidly declined from 20.6% in 1986 to 6.7%. They said they are unlikely to launch a vaccination program in public clinics without new federal funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
For Dave Johnson, the battle against AIDS has been both a personal and professional mission. A leader in the gay and lesbian community, Johnson is infected with the virus that leads to AIDS. Three years ago, his lover died from AIDS. "For those of us who live in communities substantially impacted by AIDS, it's like being in a war. . . . And for those of us fighting AIDS, we've enlisted until the war is over," said Johnson, who was named Wednesday as the first AIDS coordinator for the city of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To combat another aftereffect of the Northridge quake, Los Angeles County health officials said Tuesday that insect-eating fish and pesticides are being used to kill mosquitoes and rodents that are breeding in some quake-damaged swimming pools and buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
The typical patient at the Minority AIDS Project is gay, poor and black, under 40, estranged from his family and addicted to drugs. If he isn't already overcome with the symptoms of AIDS, he's just been hit with the realization that he has the disease and will die from it. Dealing with complex cases such as his require medical technology, drug treatment, home care and financial and psychological support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To combat another aftereffect of the Northridge earthquake, Los Angeles County health officials said Tuesday that insect-eating fish and pesticides are being used to kill mosquitoes and rodents that are breeding in some quake-damaged pools and buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A second person in Los Angeles County has died of West Nile virus this year, and 54 cases of the illness have been reported locally, public health officials announced Tuesday. The latest death prompted the county health department to renew warnings for people to take precautions and reduce their exposure to mosquitoes, which can transmit the virus through their bites. Health officials said the two who died were both in their 80s and lived in the southeastern part of the county.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Two of the most prestigious names in Southern California healthcare - Cedars-Sinai and UCLA - are getting shut out of a major insurance plan for being too expensive. In a bold cost-cutting move, Anthem Blue Cross has eliminated doctors affiliated with the hospitals from a health plan offered to about 60,000 employees and dependents at the cash-strapped city of Los Angeles. The city opted for Anthem's plan because it will save $7.6 million in annual premiums next year by excluding physicians from the two institutions known for tending to the Southland's rich and famous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Both diabetes and obesity have increased across Los Angeles County in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the county's Department of Public Health and the American Diabetes Assn. of Los Angeles. The age-adjusted adult diabetes rate increased from 6.6% to 9.1% between 1997 and 2007, according to the new report, "Trends in Diabetes: A Reversible Public Health Crisis. " Of the 650,000 people with diabetes in 2007, the most recent year available, about 90% of those with diabetes in 2007 had Type 2, primarily caused by obesity, according to the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Public health officials Wednesday reopened Inner and Outer Cabrillo Beach after determining that 3 million gallons of treated wastewater discharged into Los Angeles Harbor from a nearby treatment plant did not contain harmful chemicals or bacteria. Public health officials closed the beach Tuesday after the Los Angeles City Terminal Treatment Plant accidentally discharged wastewater, which already had been treated for harmful waste products, into the harbor. Officials were concerned that some of the water may have flowed to the public beach.
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February 20, 2001 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the end of the 1990s, Los Angeles showed significant declines in the number of babies born to high-school dropouts, and among mothers who lacked prenatal care, according to a report released Monday. Also, Los Angeles' children "got off to a healthier start" overall when compared with the nation's 50 largest cities, says the study, conducted by the Washington research firm Child Trends and "Kids Count," a Baltimore project that produces an annual survey of child well-being.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay private hospitals up to $8.5 million by next July to temporarily shore up the county's teetering trauma system, insisting nonetheless that the problem cries out for long-term statewide solutions. The board also voted to accelerate payment of fees to physicians who provide trauma and emergency care. The actions came in response to what health officials deemed a trauma funding crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1993 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The move to managed care in medicine is sending shock waves through the troubled Los Angeles County Health Department, leading to a new outbreak of acerbic exchanges between beleaguered Health Director Robert C. Gates and public health physicians. The dispute centers around Gates' efforts to reorganize the massive agency by implementing a large-scale managed care system, patterned after increasingly popular private health maintenance organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1994 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Colds and coughs have spread rapidly among earthquake victims living outdoors, adding to the misery of those displaced from their homes and prompting some health officials to worry that outbreaks of more serious diseases could follow. Although no statistics are available, doctors say they are seeing a high number of flus, colds, digestive ailments, ear infections and bronchitis among earthquake victims, especially small children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The Los Angeles area has among the highest proportion of residents without health insurance in the nation and among the lowest rates of job-based coverage, according to a new UCLA study. The study of 85 metropolitan areas found that only El Paso and Jersey City, N.J., had greater shares of non-elderly uninsured people. Los Angeles' rate of 31% dwarfs the national average of 19%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to launch a comprehensive media campaign to promote safe sex and aggressive condom distribution in response to a syphilis outbreak among gay men. Supervisors also directed the county Department of Health Services to develop strategies for faster reporting of syphilis and other sexually transmitted maladies and to assess the role of public and commercial sex venues in contributing to the spread of disease.
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