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March 18, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
After she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer that had spread to her left lung, Gloria Bailey's doctors recommended she have a mastectomy followed by hormone therapy to fight the tumors that remained. She followed their advice, but had a nagging feeling about the regimen. "The Lord was just telling me, 'They're not being aggressive enough,' " Bailey recalled.
February 4, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
The Whittier mother of octuplets and six other children, including a set of twins, has filed at least two claims for workers' compensation, according to state records. Few details were available about Nadya Suleman's first injury, which occurred in 1999 while she was a psychiatric technician at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
October 31, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Rothfeld is a Times staff writer.
The battle over an initiative that would divert drug offenders from prison into treatment and loosen state parole policies has intensified heading into Tuesday's vote, with a bipartisan coalition of elected officials joining the state prison guards union to fight the measure. Supporters of Proposition 5, whose heavy fundraising advantage has been whittled down, have cast opponents as shills for the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn.
August 11, 2008 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
“Mad Men,” season premiere, AMC, July 27. The premise: It's 1963, and Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a 36-year-old creative director for Sterling Cooper advertising agency, needs a physical. He visits his regular physician, whom he hasn't seen in "quite some time," acknowledging that he has a high-tension job and that he consumes five alcoholic drinks and two packs of cigarettes per day. The doctor discovers that Draper has high blood pressure.
August 10, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
He refers to himself as Dr. House Call. In glossy brochures mailed recently to thousands of well-to-do households from Malibu to Brentwood, he said he was seeking to be a "caring, old-fashioned Marcus Welby kind of good doctor without the office hassles." Dr. House Call -- a.k.a. Dr.
August 5, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Disheartened by the failures of vaccines and microbicides in blocking HIV transmission, some AIDS researchers are now touting a third possibility: using existing HIV drugs prophylactically. By next year, as many as 15,000 people worldwide will be enrolled in trials to test the concept -- more than are enrolled in all vaccine and microbicide trials combined -- according to a report issued Sunday at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. There are seven trials underway or planned.
June 23, 2008 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
People who undergo total knee replacements often adopt a forward-bending way of going from sitting to standing, a new study has found. This motion can increase the strain on the non-injured leg and possibly set patients up for future injuries. To prevent this from happening, physical therapy after surgery -- aimed at retraining this action -- could be helpful, say the study's authors, from the University of Delaware.
April 15, 2008
Re "Healthcare for prisons: $7 billion," April 12 Seven billion dollars is too much money to go to the prison system. We have made our children sacrifice their education to balance the state's books. Instead of sending hundreds of pink slips to California teachers, a large portion of this money should go to our schools. In my community, they are already talking of permanently closing some elementary schools because of a lack of funding. We are regressing, and the only way we can undo the damage is if our leaders reevaluate their priorities.
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