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July 25, 2009 |
There was a moment late last month when I thought that what was wrong with Clunk might merely be expensive. That was when, after roughly $400 of tests, I agreed to a $600 surgery to remove a tennis ball-sized tumor from his elbow. The bill for this turned out to be $1,600. There have been many brutal moments since then, the most wretched of which was when it became clear that what was wrong with Clunk was not only expensive but also fatal.
March 19, 2009 |
Whether to screen men for prostate cancer has been a controversial topic for at least 20 years. Many clinicians have believed that finding a tumor early and cutting it out is the best possible way to treat prostate cancer, just as it is for most tumors. Critics of the screening have argued that many prostate tumors grow so slowly that the patient is likely to die of other causes before the tumor becomes a threat.
March 18, 2009 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2009 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2009 |
Members of the Los Angeles City Council's planning committee delayed a decision on a new medical marijuana ordinance that would have created regulated collectives operating in city limits. The draft ordinance would have required each member of a medical marijuana collective to register under penalty of perjury with the city clerk's office, and required each collective to install an alarm system and a television surveillance system, and to store dried marijuana in a locked vault or safe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2008 |
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.
October 16, 2008 |
Vice President Dick Cheney was treated "without complication" for an abnormal heartbeat, his office said, making a short visit to a hospital to restore his normal rhythm with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year that Cheney, 67, has been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart. He has had four heart attacks, the first at age 37. An estimated 2.8 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat and one that is not life-threatening in itself.
August 11, 2008 |
“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.