January 22, 2012
The Obama administration's willingness to defend insurance coverage for family planning services against attacks from conservatives and religious groups is good news for women and for the health of the nation. Last year, the administration first proposed that, like other preventive medical goods and services, contraception and general family planning coverage should be available under the healthcare reform law without a co-payment or deductible. Not just churches but many of their affiliated organizations protested — with the backing of conservative Republicans — that they should not have to pay to provide insurance coverage for medical services that run counter to their beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1990
In response to "Vigilantes String Up the Marlboro Man," by Bruce Fein and Edwin Meese, Commentary, Aug. 19: I have not read such arrogant, overblown hogwash since Spiro Agnew was attacking "nattering nabobs." Their column contains so many errors of fact and unfair innuendoes that it is hard to know where to begin in making a response. I will limit myself to just one issue. The authors state: "Wilfred Dewey smoked cigarettes for four decades before his 1980 death . . . (and)
October 3, 2012
Re "French unveil 75% supertax," Sept. 29 The article forgets to mention what the French get in return for their high tax rates. All French citizens have access to nearly free medical care, and in emergencies, doctors make house calls. The French get paid maternity leave for 16 weeks and free medical leave to take care of a sick relative. Nurses visit homes for free, private day care is heavily subsidized and parents receive a subsidy for every child born. Single parents get an additional allowance.
January 11, 2010
Setting the pace Getting 10,000 steps per day roughly coincides with the latest U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendation that adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. The key word here is "moderate" -- not all steps meet that requirement. Shuffling around the kitchen making dinner is hardly equivalent to racing to catch a bus or walking an energetic dog. Any movement is good, of course, but to make the steps count as beneficial as possible, they should be fairly sustained.
August 26, 1991 |
The public health physician and the brothel-keeper were destined to hook up. Dr. Gary Richwald, a former UCLA professor who directs Los Angeles County's sexually transmitted disease program, had spent much of the last decade studying what he calls "sex industry workers." Russ Reade, a longtime Northern California high school biology and sex-education teacher, had left the classroom in search of riches 10 years ago, buying and managing one of Nevada's most famed houses of legal prostitution.
July 3, 2006 |
Americans will go to great lengths to protect themselves from medical risks -- even when the level of risk is unclear or unproven. The threat of mad cow disease drives some people to boycott beef, pesticide concerns lead others to eat only organic foods, and fears about vaccine safety prevent some parents from immunizing their children. Ironically, some of these same people fail to act against serious, and well-documented, medical risks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1997 |
A little preventive medicine went a long way when saving a historic Canoga Park firehouse, now the Canoga Park Community Center, from destruction. For the second time in a little more than a decade, the center will be dedicated, this time after being remodeled and retrofitted to repair damage sustained in the Northridge earthquake. "This building is unique in the community," said Glenn Kirby, president of the center.
November 10, 2004 |
As part of an emphasis on preventive medicine, Medicare will begin covering the initial physical examinations of patients who join the program after Jan. 1, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Tuesday. "Prevention is one of my passions," Thompson said. In addition to the physical exam, Medicare will cover diabetes tests and screening for hearing and vision problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
August 12, 1989 |
A USC study suggests the responsibility of "safe sex" rests with the individual and that one cannot count on a sexual partner for protection against infection with the AIDS virus. The federally funded study, presented Friday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Assn., found that of 90 men and women known to be infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, half had continued to have sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1988 |
The zaniest and, at the same time, the most sincere place to be in Los Angeles on Tuesday may have been a pour-your-heart-out competition to be Bozo the Clown. About 60 would-be Bozos vied for jobs as the clown who's "brought you a bagful of rootin'-tootin' tricks." Aspirants were required to march to a microphone on an indoor basketball court at the First Methodist Church in Hollywood and tell Larry Harmon, who says he started performing as Bozo 38 years ago, why they want to be like him.