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August 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former Encino cosmetic surgeon was charged with involuntary manslaughter Tuesday for allegedly giving a toxic cocktail of drugs to a 61-year-old woman who died after a 10-hour liposuction operation. Ehab Alby Mohamed, 46, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at the Van Nuys courthouse, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Mohamed is charged in the Aug. 21, 2010, death of Sharon Carpenter. DOCUMENTS: Read the state medical board suspension order and accusation She was was given a lethal mixture of lidocane, fentanyl and oxycodone during the procedure in Mohamed's Encino office, according to prosecutors.
August 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
West Hollywood's ban on single-use plastic bags in checkout lines is now in effect for all retailers. Large retailers - those with buildings of 10,000 square feet or more - were required to stop using the bags in February. For smaller stores, the ban took effect Tuesday. The West Hollywood City Council adopted an ordinance last year prohibiting the 1.9-square-mile city's hundreds of retail stores - including pharmacies, supermarkets, clothing stores and newsstands - from distributing plastic bags.
August 2, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
Americans love to look good, but insurers are often reluctant to pay the bills to help us look better. Last year we spent nearly $11 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of the more than 10 million procedures performed, the most requested was breast augmentation. But Cameo Wichinsky, a 42-year-old investment fund manager living in Santa Monica, wants to take her figure in the opposite direction. Having long lived with the discomfort of breasts large enough to cause shoulder and neck pain and to limit her level of physical activity, she's ready to go under the knife to reduce her breast size and, she hopes, improve her quality of life.
August 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A team of researchers in Woods Hole, Mass., has discovered a novel ecological habitat flourishing in one of the fastest growing segments of civilization's toxic waste stream: plastic marine debris. Welcome to the Plastisphere, a biological wilderness on microbial reefs of polyethylene and polypropylene in the open ocean teeming with single-celled animals, fungi and bacteria, many of them newly discovered. Some may be pathogens hitching rides on floating junk. The effects of plastic debris on fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it are well documented.
August 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - What is it about a face that causes people to accept it as "normal"? Or to be disturbed, if somehow it is not? For those who suffer from facial deformities, this is more than an idle question. As it turns out, psychologists have come to understand precisely what ratios between eyes, nose and cheeks are subconsciously seen by others as acceptable, and how people react when a face somehow doesn't fit into the mathematical norm. “If I'm talking to you, I'll just sort of naturally figure out if the balance of your face makes sense to me as a human being,” said Richard Hopper, head of the craniofacial surgery center at Seattle Children's Hospital.
July 28, 2013 | Shan Li
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall. The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers.
July 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has been rumored to be working on a plastic, low-cost iPhone for quite some time now, so it was only a matter of time before a video claiming to show the device hit YouTube. The 6.5-minute video called "New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone: Sneak Peek" gives users an extended look at and explanation of what is allegedly the back cover for the rumored iPhone. The phone's shell shown in the video is just about the same size as the iPhone 5 but slightly thicker and wider. The video shows a white version of the plastic iPhone, but says it will probably be available in a variety of color options.
July 24, 2013 | By Carren Jao
A glowing red elephant, two blue-green oxen and an orange and pink camel trudge beside passengers as they exit the Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley Terminal. Closer inspection of the life-size sculptures reveals the elephant's trunk to be a vacuum cleaner hose, an ox's yoke to be the handle of a baby carrier and the camel's hump to be a mixing bowl. These are just some of Los Angeles sculptor Cynthia Minet's raw materials, which when lighted by LEDs, suddenly take on an arresting glow.
July 21, 2013 | Amy Goldman Koss, Amy Goldman Koss' latest novel for teens is "The Not-So-Great Depression."
Every few years, as she is reviled by yet another crop of new parents casting about for a scapegoat for their daughters' troubling body issues, I feel called on to defend my childhood pal Barbie. "I know," they say, "let's blame the 7-inch-tall plastic girl!" As if she is any more responsible for the way she looks than humans are. Of one thing I am certain: It is the parents, not the kids, who take Barbie so harshly to task. The children know that no matter what she looks like, Barbie is a great friend, always game, and utterly trustworthy with secrets.
July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How much would you pay for the perfect profile picture? In India, young Facebook users are reportedly paying thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries solely for the purpose of improving the way they look on Facebook and other social networks. A report by Vocativ, a news media start-up, says that India, the country that invented the nose job thousands of years ago, is now also pioneering a new trend called "Facebook facelifts. " "We are very much accepting of looking good through so-called artificial means," said Anip Dhir, a plastic surgeon, in the video above.
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