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September 22, 2001
Re "U.S. Pays the High Price of Empire," Commentary, Sept. 18: I don't usually agree with Pat Buchanan, but I do agree with his analysis in this situation. Our government shouldn't act on rage and impulse and kill innocents as the hijackers did, which may result in more retaliation. We, the American public, have to act calmly in these times and encourage the policymakers to act wisely. I refuse to become, or allow our young soldiers to become, a potential target for terrorists because our policymakers are too busy trying to enforce Pax Americana across the world and appease the defense contractors (whose stocks, incidentally, jumped while almost all others fell in anticipation of war)
April 10, 1990 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Acyclovir, an anti-viral drug used to treat genital herpes, can also shorten the duration and misery of childhood chicken pox, suggests a study published last week. But parents eager to get their children up and about may be in for a surprise. In a random survey, Los Angeles area pediatricians said they are not likely to prescribe acyclovir routinely for chicken pox, an infectious viral disease marked by fever and blisters that strikes nearly everyone during childhood and lasts about five days.
July 28, 2008
Re "Why you want this tax hike," Opinion, July 24 The title of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's article implies that perhaps there were other tax hikes from him that we didn't want. He's got that right. Since he has been mayor, I have seen garbage fees triple, ostensibly to pay for more police. I have seen him deceive the voters of Los Angeles into approving a 9% tax on their phone service. Still there are not enough police. Now he wants us to add another 0.5% to the sales tax so that we can pay for an impossibly huge transportation makeover?
March 1, 1992 | Associated Press
A drug already on the market for treatment of herpes won government approval for use against chicken pox, the first such medicine to attack the virus, the manufacturer said Friday. The Food and Drug Administration endorsed the company's findings that use of the drug Zovirax, known generically as acyclovir, can reduce the duration and severity of chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Burroughs Wellcome Co said.
February 2, 1994 | From Associated Press
Vaccinating young children against chicken pox would save more than $5 for every $1 in costs, says a UC San Francisco report that anticipates federal approval of a vaccine soon. The findings are timely as the nation grapples with health reform and looks for ways to stretch limited dollars to cover spiraling health care costs, researchers said. A new vaccine under final review by the Food and Drug Administration could be approved by spring.
January 29, 1992
Westlake entered the basketball season with high hopes. Coach Gary Grayson went as far as to predict that the Warriors would finish among the top three in league play. But Westlake (7-9, 3-4) has struggled and its troubles continued last week when four players--including three starters--were felled by injuries.
January 4, 1991 | JOSEPH N. BELL
I'm so very glad it's over. Jan. 2 promised a return to business as usual. I got up early and went to my friendly neighborhood McDonald's for coffee. I read The Times' sports section. Then I came home and stripped our Christmas tree, enjoying every delicious moment of it. When I dragged it outside, leaving a trail of dead and spent pine needles on the carpet, I noted that ours was the last tree in the neighborhood to come down--just as it had probably been the last to go up.
November 28, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Vaccinating children who are more than a year old against varicella, or chicken pox, also provides "tremendous indirect benefits" to young babies, researchers reported Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The U.S. implemented a variella vaccine program in 1995, offering the vaccine to children 12 months and older.  But younger babies who aren't old enough to get the vaccine are protected through so-called "herd immunity" -- because fewer older kids develop chicken pox, the younger children are less likely to be exposed to the virus.
November 4, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
This week, press reports emerged that some parents, hoping to avoid giving their kids the chickenpox vaccine, were arranging through Facebook to pay strangers to send them "[licked] lollipops, spit or other items" from kids with the illness. The idea is to expose the kids to the virus to build immunity without having to get a shot.   It's a lousy strategy, doctors say. Dr. Wilbert Mason, a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine and an infectious disease expert at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, said he was "dumbfounded" by the news.  "I'm speechless, which will make for a very bad interview," he told Booster Shots.  "How could people be so stupid?"
March 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Barbara Walters made her triumphant return to "The View" this week after being laid up with a series of maladies, including chicken pox, since late January. And after a few surprises for her, like an appearance by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a bouquet of flowers, Walters had a surprise of her own: the identity of the actor who gave her chicken pox in the first place. As Walters confirmed on Tuesday's show, the actor who gave her chicken pox is Frank Langella, with whom Walters shared a New Year's Eve smooch on the cheek a few weeks before.
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