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February 4, 1986 | United Press International
Traces of cocaine, marijuana and the painkiller Darvon were found in Rick Nelson's blood in tests conducted after the New Year's Eve plane crash that killed the pop singer and six other people, officials said today. Toxicological reports released by the National Transportation Safety Board showed traces of metabolized and unmetabolized cocaine and a compound of Darvon in Nelson's blood and urine samples. His blood samples showed traces of marijuana.
December 1, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The head of Los Angeles County's Mental Health Department said he plans to convene a committee of patients, advocates and researchers to draw up policies regulating medical tests on severely disabled people in county care. Another county committee earlier this month lifted a four-year ban on such procedures.
Basketball star Hank Gathers of Loyola Marymount has registered normal on all medical tests that have been administered early this week, but did not practice Tuesday, pending further tests today. Doctors still have not determined a reason for Gathers' fainting during Saturday's game against UC Santa Barbara. With about 14 minutes left, Gathers, who had played 23 minutes, stepped up to shoot a free throw, then slumped to the floor.
September 20, 2010
Nuclear reactors don't just create energy; a few also create medical isotopes vital to medical tests that doctors have come to rely on. The Radiological Society of North America estimates at least 80% of the nearly 20 million nuclear medicine procedures performed in the U.S. each year use technetium-99m, also known as Tc-99. The worldwide radiopharmaceutical shortage, as its called, has affected the ability of doctors to perform cardiac stress tests that use nuclear tracers.
November 15, 1987
The Oct. 25 article by Toni Taylor on the fine print in travel insurance policies should be required reading for all seniors about to commit their funds to a trip. Insurance is a high commission item on a salesperson's agenda and it is routinely presented to all travelers. It is an excellent idea, and in most cases well worth the mental comfort that it affords. But that fine print: We used trip cancellation insurance issued by a reputable company. My husband was stricken with really debilitating vertigo the afternoon before we were to sail on a cruise.
March 28, 1998 | SANDY MASUO
The most powerful interludes in Tool's music are sparked by collisions between contrasting elements--visceral playing and cerebral songwriting, chaotic energy and controlled execution, rough-shod rock and supple tunefulness. On Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium, flurries of those opposing forces whipped the packed house, which had already beenpiqued by the Melvins' thunderous opening set, into a cathartic frenzy.
June 24, 1989 | PAULA VOORHEES, Paula Voorhees is a free-lance writer
Imagine that the skin on your hands has been slowly peeled off. Then imagine the raw tissue is exposed to the sun for hours. This is how Patty Dicker, 41, of Newport Beach describes the pain caused by fibromyalgia, an often-misdiagnosed and little-researched disease from which she has suffered for 11 years. Also called fibrositis, the affliction is most common to women (one male for every 10 female victims) and is one of the most prevalent, debilitating and painful forms of arthritis, afflicting an estimated 3 million people in the United States alone.
July 19, 1987 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Dr. Peter M. DiChiara used to send his patients off to the local hospital to get medical tests. But today, with $40,000 worth of testing equipment, he does most procedures--from blood glucose tests to urinalysis--in his Troy, Ala., office. Like thousands of other doctors across the country, DiChiara set up his in-office test equipment to offer patients a convenient, lower-cost alternative to the hospital lab.
February 10, 1988 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Federal and state investigators raided 24 doctors' offices and medical laboratories in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties, seizing records and equipment that allegedly link the firms to a multimillion-dollar insurance fraud scheme. Evan L.
July 1, 1985 | Associated Press
The space agency today named six women and four men as finalists for a much-sought berth on the space shuttle as the first schoolteacher to go into space. The 10 teachers, none of them from California, include both of Idaho's semi-finalists and individual teachers from Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and West Virginia. They range in age from 33 to 45.
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