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January 10, 1993 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Usually it is a car wreck. But there are also wounds from gunshots, plane crashes and falls from horses, bicycles and scaffolding. Everybody's story is a little different. Kristi Reid recalls nearly every detail of those first few hours, including the name of her emergency room nurse. Sam Barukh did not even know for a month that he was paralyzed. What they and others in recovery share in common is the lifelong effect of a spinal cord injury.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed Wednesday night near the border of Bell and Maywood, authorities said. The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Randolph Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.   [Update, 1:15 p.m. PST Dec. 26: The sheriff's department says the victim was 17-year-old Luis Mendez, who was walking on Randolph Street when he was chased and shot by four men. The suspects fled in a vehicle.
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HEALTH
July 25, 2011 | By Carrie Luger Slayback, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I sat across the table from Chuck, marveling at his robust good health. We'd just been to see a play — and instead of looking pale and pinched after it ended, he stood up, clapping wildly through the last curtain call. Six months ago, he'd been crossing a road in the crosswalk and was hit by a car, tossed up on the hood and dropped to the asphalt crosswalk below. Chuck is 75 years old. Even before the accident he was in pain from lifelong back problems and several resultant surgeries, tossing pills down and placing a special pillow behind his back when he sat down to watch a play.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the furor over Russian anti-gay legislation and concerns over whether Rio de Janeiro can get its act together, you'd think the Olympic movement has enough on its hands. Now comes word that officials have banned a paraplegic American swimmer from the Paralympic world championships in Montreal. Victoria Arlen slipped into a coma at 11 and awoke three years later to find that she was paralyzed from the waist down because of an autoimmune disorder that attacks nerves in the spine.
NEWS
January 9, 1992 | APRIL JACKSON
Are your New Year's resolutions to shape up annually knocked down by gymphobia ? If so, Beach Physical Therapy Inc. in Seal Beach offers help for those who suffer from an irrational fear of being in a health club filled with leotard-clad coeds and muscle-bound men. "Lots of people are intimidated by large fitness centers," said Susan Harrison, manager of the facility. "Our center doesn't have dress codes, crowds or membership fees.
NEWS
January 20, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
So much is moving to the Internet these days: shopping, television watching, coupon hunting. Here's one more: knee replacement rehab. A study published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery compared a live, Internet-based rehabilitation program to a traditional one for 65 men and women who had recent knee replacement surgery. About half of the patients were randomly assigned to an outpatient physical therapy program and acted as a control group. The others did rehabilitation via the Internet with real-time sessions with a physical therapist via video, following their instructions and learning how to care for their knees (for the study, the participants did the therapy in a hospital room designed to look like an average home)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2001
Former President Ronald Reagan is recovering so well from surgery for his broken hip that he may soon begin an accelerated program of physical therapy, his chief of staff said Tuesday. "He looks stronger each day," Joanne Drake said in her daily update from St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, fell and broke his hip Friday at his home in Bel-Air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1989
Parents and others in the Capistrano Unified School District have joined with the Mission Viejo Co. to form the Challenge Foundation for Exceptional Children, which seeks to raise $60,000 for a physical therapy pool for severely handicapped pupils. The pool will be built at an elementary school scheduled to open in the fall of 1990. The school will have a capacity of 675 pupils, about 90 of whom will be severely handicapped.
NEWS
April 6, 1989 | DON G. CAMPBELL
Question: As a physical therapist, I was interested in your recent column about the lady who wrote regarding the need for physical therapy for her infant son. If you can contact her, she should know that her child would be eligible for free physical therapy services, either in-home or center-based, through state regional centers. She probably is in the boundaries of the one on the west side of town if she has been using Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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January 7, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mother Teresa, ill with pneumonia that led to a brief episode of congestive heart failure, began her first day of physical therapy Monday, said doctors at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. The 81-year-old Roman Catholic nun, known for caring for the world's poor, was listed in fair condition as her heart remained stable and her pneumonia continued to improve. Doctors say she will not be out of the hospital for another week.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Randy Travis is one step closer to recovery, having been discharged from a hospital in Plano, Texas, and relocated to an inpatient physical-therapy facility in the wake of his recent health woes. The news - which is in line with what Travis' doctors predicted in mid-July - came Wednesday via the country star's rep.  The 54-year-old singer, who was hospitalized for heart problems before suffering a stroke that required surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, had been getting "aggressive physical therapy" since mid-July, his doctors said, at the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, where he'd been since July 8. He was first admitted to an ER in McKinney, Texas, on July 7. RANDY TRAVIS: Career in pictures His doctors said it will probably take months for Travis to recover from the stroke, which was a complication of measures taken to deal with what was determined to be congestive heart failure.  He'd reportedly been in fine health until three weeks before entering the ER; during that time he'd been fighting off a viral upper-respiratory infection.
SPORTS
March 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The normal - and sometimes monotonous - routine of spring training was broken up Wednesday by a string of Italian love songs on the Tempe Diablo Stadium public address system, the green, white and red Italian flag flying behind center field and plenty of Italian spoken in the press box. Team Italy was in town for its final tuneup before opening the World Baseball Classic against Mexico on Thursday, but Angels ace Jered Weaver treated...
SPORTS
January 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Left-handed reliever Scott Elbert is unlikely to be ready for opening day after he underwent elbow surgery for the second time in four months on Wednesday. Elbert, 27, will start physical therapy in three days but won't resume throwing for six weeks, according to the Dodgers. The hard-throwing veteran underwent a season-ending operation in September. He started feeling discomfort a few weeks into his winter throwing program, at which point the Dodgers elected to treat the problem conservatively.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
George H.W. Bush, the nation's oldest former president, could be released this week from a Texas hospital after nearly two months of treatment, according to a family spokesman. Bush, 88, could be released from Methodist Hospital in Houston, if doctors give him the final approval, spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to reporters. “We are hopeful that the president can be discharged this coming week, but we're still taking everything one day at a time,”  McGrath said. If Bush is released, it is unclear whether he will return to his Houston home or be sent to a rehabilitation facility.
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January 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
George H.W. Bush, the nation's oldest former president, was released on Monday from a Texas hospital after nearly two months of treatment, his spokesman announced. Bush, 88, was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston after being treated for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement emailed to reporters. Over the weekend, the family said that Bush would be released shortly after receiving final clearance from doctors. “Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Andrew Fabella, are you out there? Please report to post-op at Keck Hospital of USC early Monday morning. I'm coming back to have the other knee done. That's right, folks, I'm kicking off the new year by getting a partial right knee replacement because my medial cartilage is cottage cheese and I'm bone on bone, just like I was on the left knee. I need to be in top shape this year because I've got mayoral candidates to chase and a 9-year-old daughter who's already too much for me to handle on the tennis courts.
NEWS
March 8, 1994 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Sports stars discovered it first: The more you use physical therapy as preventive maintenance, the less time you'll rack up in rehab. This new approach to physical therapy has such a common-sense premise--identify weak muscles and build them up before they rip or strain--that everyone wonders what took so long. Preventive physical therapy is gaining favor with professional and amateur athletes as well as adults who switch or start exercise routines.
NEWS
December 15, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Urging Catholics to distinguish between spiritual form and substance, the Vatican warned Thursday against substituting Eastern methods of meditation such as Zen and yoga for Christian prayer. In a 7,000-word letter to bishops approved by Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made a firm distinction between meditation as physical or psychic therapy, and spiritual enrichment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Adolf Baguma's caretakers at the orphanage call him their Christmas gift, because it was on Christmas two years ago when they found the 9-year-old in the bushes behind a building in a small Ugandan town. Like many Ugandan children, Baguma was orphaned when AIDS claimed his parents. But he had an extra burden to bear. When he was about 5, the teenage aunt left to care for him got angry and hit him in the back of the legs with flaming banana leaves. Scar tissue from the burns fused each of his legs into a permanently bent position so that he was unable to walk upright.
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