October 26, 1994 |
Ron Mass' appearance lays bare what he has endured. The skin on his face is smoother now, no longer the charcoal black it was before the grafts or the blotchy red that followed. His arms are a donors' medley of white, pink and brown. And from a distance the bandage over his chest looks like a T-shirt. The Nov. 2 brush fire that raged through Topanga Canyon seared 90% of his body.
February 2, 1989 |
"Hit me--I need the money." If you're one of the people who drive around with those words affixed to your bumper, we have to talk. In 1986-87, the most recent period for which numbers are available, 90,839 people in California filed suit after automobile accidents. According to Patty Lombard, a spokeswoman for the Western Insurance Information Service in Tustin, the figure includes injury, death and property damage claims. That works out to an average of 16.
March 8, 2004 |
Researchers have found a whole new level of damage in babies born to mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy -- this time to the nerves in their arms and legs. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, is the first to look beyond the well-known damage to the brain and spinal cord in babies of mothers who drink and to find damage outside the central nervous system.
January 21, 2006 |
Impotence drugs such as Viagra and Cialis can increase the risk of eye damage in men who have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In a small study, scientists at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that men who had suffered a heart attack were 10 times more likely to have a form of optic nerve damage called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy if they had been taking anti-impotence pills.
April 24, 1992 |
There was no reading, writing or arithmetic Thursday morning at Joshua Tree Elementary School, a dusty collection of prefabricated buildings overlooking one of the many earthquake faults that crisscross this high desert outpost. Nearly half of the school's 750 boys and girls never showed up for class, their parents too afraid to let them out of their sight.
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March 28, 2001 |
A Florida surgeon accused Rampart Division police officers Tuesday of pulling him over on the Santa Monica Freeway last month because he is black and handcuffing him so tightly that he suffered nerve damage in his wrists. Dr. Angelo E. Gousse, a urology specialist who also teaches at the University of Miami medical school, filed a claim Tuesday against the Los Angeles Police Department, accusing officers of racial profiling and excessive force.
June 21, 1992 |
A man in his early 70s hadn't spoken in two years, for reasons unknown to his doctors. Then Connie Tomaino, a music therapist, noticed he was listening to the Yiddish folk songs she played for him and her other neurologically impaired geriatric patients. Soon, whenever she played the folk songs he began to cry. Then he started to hum along with the music. After two months he began to speak.
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May 18, 2005 |
Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to pay $200,000 to an unarmed woman shot 10 times by sheriff's deputies who fired 65 rounds, a case under investigation as possible "contagious fire." Michael Gennaco, head of the department's Office of Independent Review, cited similarities between the shooting of Simona Wilfred and last week's incident in Compton, where deputies fired 120 rounds in a residential neighborhood. He said his staff was still investigating the Nov.
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June 29, 1992 |
Residents of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys were rudely jolted awake and then kept on edge by Sunday's earthquakes, but authorities said damage in the region was minor--ranging from downed power lines to cracks in water mains and freeway lanes. Although a handful of residents reported minor injuries, the temblors served mostly as an earthquake preparedness reminder, causing a run on supplies such as bottled water and canned goods in local supermarkets.
December 21, 2009 |
With at least two flus and plenty of colds, coughs and sore throats circulating this season, some Americans are turning to zinc to ward off viruses. Lozenges, supplements and nasal sprays that contain the mineral claim to boost immunity, and there is some evidence that they might do so. In an effort to stay well, though, we might be making ourselves sick. Consistently taking excessive FOR THE RECORD: Dietitian's name: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of dietitian Ruth Frechman as Frenchman.