CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1990 |
Scientists reported last week that they have tracked down a genetic defect underlying an inherited muscle disease that strikes thousands of children worldwide. After a three-year search, a research team from Boston and New York said it has located the approximate site of the gene responsible for chronic spinal muscular atrophy. The finding paves the way for therapies for the now untreatable disease, which causes progressive weakness and wasting of muscles.
July 31, 1990 |
A respiratory infection caused a two-day delay in the retrial of U.S. District Judge Robert Aguilar on corruption charges. The trial judge, U.S. District Judge Louis Bechtle, granted the delay after ordering an examination of Aguilar, 59, by a doctor other than his own. Aguilar was charged in 1989 with eight counts of using his judicial office to influence other judges in handling cases involving Aguilar's friends.
July 21, 1990 |
The resignation of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. caught most of Washington by surprise Friday night, but it was not totally unexpected among those who had sufficient personal contact with him to see the increasingly visible signs of his deteriorating health. Among those observers was Times staff writer Jim Mann, who covered the Supreme Court from 1976 through 1984 and who returned three months ago to interview the 84-year-old jurist. When I walked into Justice William J.
January 3, 1990 |
Men lose roughly 2% of their existing bone mass per year in the same type of loss that can severely affect women after menopause, a three-year study indicates. "There is a problem with osteoporosis in men that hasn't been appreciated," said Dr. Eric Orwoll, who led the study by the Oregon Health Sciences University at Portland. Men apparently suffer gradual bone loss throughout their lives, while women often suffer a marked increase in bone loss after they reach menopause, Orwoll said.
November 20, 1990 |
The National Institutes of Health currently spends about a tenth of its budget on AIDS and should not spend substantially more, the head of the government's AIDS research effort said. Spending more could encroach on other programs, such as cancer research, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said. In fiscal 1988, the government spent about $1.3 billion on AIDS; about 34,000 Americans died of it. About $1.45 billion was devoted to cancer, which killed about 500,000 Americans.
October 3, 1990 |
Former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was taken to a hospital Tuesday after joining in a bruising debate on Greece's shattered economy and learning that his co-defendant in a bank scandal was in jail pending trial. Papandreou, 71, who dominated politics during eight years of Socialist rule from 1981 to 1989, has led a vigorous fight against the conservative government's economic austerity plan and sweeping free-market reforms.
October 20, 1990 |
Mormon Church President Ezra Taft Benson has returned home after being hospitalized for nearly a month. Benson, 91, underwent two operations to remove subdural hematomas and later was treated for unrelated gastrointestinal bleeding. He left the hospital Wednesday, said church spokesman Don LeFevre. Benson's daily schedule had been somewhat curtailed for the last few years owing to his age.
October 5, 1990 |
Iraqi U.N. envoy Abdul Amir Anbari suffered a severe nosebleed Thursday shortly before he was to have addressed the General Assembly. His speech, already twice postponed, was rescheduled for late today. The 55-year-old diplomat was treated for more than an hour in the U.N. medical clinic before being released. Anbari, who has had an exhausting workload since Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait two month ago, was taken ill while taping an Arabic-language radio broadcast in a U.N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1991
With reference to Lee Dye's article "NASA Launches Fierce Bid to Preserve Space Station" (Part A, May 25) and Gregg Easterbrook's column, "The Space Station Question: What's It Supposed to Do?" (Opinion, May 26), it is necessary to introduce a problem that has plagued this project from inception--its design. First of all, it's the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's design and NASA is no good at the business of designing.