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.
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.
March 25, 2013 |
Four out of 10 mothers surveyed began feeding their infants solid food when they were only 4 months old and their still-developing bodies weren't able to process it -- and more than half the moms said they had been advised to do so by a medical professional. Those are the findings of a survey released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. Considering that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology all recommend that parents wait to introduce solid food until their babies are about 6 months old, the results suggest that many parents -- along with the doctors and nurses they rely on -- are woefully out of step with the latest medical advice. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent questionnaires to thousands of pregnant women and invited them to take part in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II . Then they checked in with them when their babies were 2, 3 and 4 months old. The responses included in the Pediatrics study were from 1,334 mothers. Overall, 539 of those mothers -- or 40.4% -- said they started feeding their babies solid food before they turned 4 months old. Those foods included yogurt, tofu, infant cereal, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, eggs, fish, chicken, meat and even French fries. Mothers who had been feeding their babies formula were especially likely to introduce solid foods before the four-month mark,...
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.
November 24, 1985 |
Pat Cash, Australia's top tennis player, has withdrawn from the Australian Open, which begins at Kooyong on Monday. In a statement released through the Lawn Tennis Assn. of Australia, Cash said that following medical advice he had decided not to play. "Although I am making a good recovery from my back injury, I was advised not to commence tournament play until I was in better shape," he said.