November 13, 2011 |
Cracked heels, chapped lips, scaly legs, fissured hands, skin so tight and parched it practically hurts to smile. All can be brought on by dry, hot Santa Ana winds common in the fall or by the cold weather and heated rooms of winter - and Angelenos have experienced a taste of both in the last couple of weeks. Even without harsh weather conditions, just spending time in one of Southern California's desert microclimates can be hard on skin. But there are some solutions for soothing the dryness.
February 20, 2012 |
Presidents, politicians and physicians are fighting over who should pay for contraception, and women are getting hurt in the process. Roman Catholic bishops reject even President Obama's recent compromise not requiring religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to pay for contraception, saying it does not meet their standard of "religious liberty and moral convictions. " Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards calls the row over insurance payments part of "a misleading and outrageous assault onwomen's health.
September 30, 1996 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin's heart surgeon said the Russian leader worsened his heart condition by ignoring medical advice and subjecting himself to "inhuman" levels of stress. Dr. Renat Akchurin, speaking on Russian TV, confirmed that Yeltsin's heart was in such poor shape in August after months of an exhausting reelection campaign that doctors had serious doubts whether an operation, now delayed until mid- or late fall, was possible.
August 14, 1990 |
Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month. Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said today that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling the visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers." Armatrading, a native of the West Indies who moved to England as a child, had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and Melbourne on Aug. 31.
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
July 29, 2013 |
Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they're most likely to be choking on is candy, according to a new study. Hard candy accounted for 15.5% of the nonfatal choking incidents documented in a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, making it the food item most frequently cited. No. 2 was “other candy,” which caused an additional 12.8% of choking incidents requiring serious medical attention. By the time kids were 4 years old, a whopping 55.2% of choking incidents involved some kind of candy.
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.
April 11, 2011
If an individual's body mass index isn't a purely personal matter, what is? We have the right to choose between healthy food or junk food, even if the latter is more likely to result in obesity and related health problems. But once our choices affect others, there's a natural conflict between individual freedom and social responsibility. In a nation where rising healthcare costs and diminished access to medical care are issues of grave concern, personal decisions are no longer strictly private.