March 20, 1988
What a travesty and waste of time, money and talent was ABC's "Perfect People," starring Lauren Hutton and Perry King. It was filled with half-truths, untruths and downright lies about cosmetic surgery and life in general. It depicted a middle-age couple going through drastic life-style changes in search of youth, changes that might have killed them without proper medical advice. Maxwell A. Perro, Panorama City
January 13, 1990 |
A Long Island woman, Nancy Klein, who underwent a controversial abortion to help her chances of recovery from a coma after a car accident in 1988, is now able to talk and recognize family members and is looking forward to the day when she can return home, her doctor said Friday. "She's come a very long way," said Dr. Caroline McCagg, medical director of the New Jersey head injury center where the 32-year-old woman has been undergoing treatment.
March 10, 1990
Given the tragedy of Hank Gathers' death, common sense and medical advice told him in December to give up basketball. At the end, he had quit taking his daily medication and his weekly treadmill test. Whether it was the love of the game or the lure of NBA riches, this intelligent young man knew the consequences of what he was doing. He chose to gamble with his life, and he lost. MIKE McGRADY, Santa Monica
June 28, 1989
Mezzo-soprano Kimball Wheeler will not appear on the Fourth of July "All-American Celebration," the opening event in the Pacific Symphony's summer series, as a result of medical advice to cut back on her schedule, a spokesman for the orchestra has told The Times. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the program for the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre concert remains largely as originally announced. It will include Bernstein's "Candide" Overture, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," with pianist Patricia Prattis Jennings as soloist, and music by Richard Rodgers and Aaron Copland.
September 13, 2012 |
The robot, sitting quietly in a corner, suddenly hums to life and rolls down the hospital corridor on three wheels. Perched atop the sleek machine is a monitor showing the smiling face of Dr. Paul Vespa, the physician who's piloting the rover from miles away. He can pull up to a patient's bedside, ask questions, observe symptoms and even use a stethoscope. "People forget that you're on the robot, and you forget that you're on the robot," says Vespa, a neurocritical care specialist at UCLA who uses the device to consult in other hospitals and check on UCLA patients from home.
March 16, 2009 |
Former First Lady Barbara Bush and actor-comedian Robin Williams this month joined the thousands of Americans who have come to need an artificial valve implanted to regulate the blood flow out of the heart to supply the rest of the body. Bush, 83, had aortic valve replacement surgery March 4 after experiencing shortness of breath and being diagnosed with a hardened valve. Williams, 57, announced March 5 that he would postpone his 80-city "Weapons of Self-Destruction" tour for the same surgery after having similar symptoms and a faulty-heart valve diagnosis.
September 9, 1990 |
Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, who five months ago announced her retirement because of ill health, was reelected Saturday as head of the Missionaries of Charity order she founded in 1950, a church official said. The results of the election suggested that the 80-year-old Roman Catholic nun has decided to continue to work among the impoverished people of the teeming Indian metropolis of Calcutta, ignoring medical advice to curtail her activities.