February 28, 2011 |
As Americans' waistlines continue to grow, so does the number of people who aren't getting a good night's sleep. About 2% of women and at least 4% of men suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the airway collapses and blocks breathing for 30 seconds or even up to a minute or two. The brain senses that it isn't receiving enough oxygen and sends a signal to the person to wake up. The awakenings are brief enough that people usually...
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.
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February 6, 2009 |
For seven years, beginning in her teens, Nadya Suleman tried to have a baby. She suffered three miscarriages. She tried artificial insemination and fertility drugs, to no avail. By 2000, a back injury and her inability to bear children had sent her into a deep depression in which she told a psychiatrist that she had suicidal thoughts. On many days, she did not get out of bed. One doctor asked her what activities she had given up. Her answer: "Everything."
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.
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July 23, 2010 |
Marc Abrams, a physician whose epic (and shirtless) daily walks through Silver Lake inspired documentaries, murals and magazine profiles, died Wednesday. He was 58. His wife, Cindy, found him dead in their backyard hot tub. Police initially determined that it was a suicide, although the official cause of death is pending. Abrams traversed 20 to 30 miles of pavement each day and wore out four pairs of shoes each year. He walked swiftly — often hunched over a newspaper — slowing only to shout hellos to friends or give medical advice to those who asked for it. On warm days, he wore brightly colored running shorts and nothing else.
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.