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November 10, 2004 | Richard Rainey, Times Staff Writer
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 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
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.
January 13, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
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.
October 4, 2010
Going to see the doctor for a checkup usually includes a chat about diet and exercise, especially if the patient is overweight. But those talks may not have any influence on shedding pounds, says a new study -- unless the doctor was motivating and empathetic. Conversations between 40 primary care physicians and 461 of their overweight or obese patients were recorded by researchers who wanted to see if weight was mentioned by the doctor and, if so, in what manner. Overall, doctors talked about weight in 69% of appointments, and that conversation took up an average 3.5 minutes, or 15% of a typical 20-minute visit.
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.
February 27, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
More than half of American women over the age of 60 take vitamin D and calcium supplements, but the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said this week that they're probably wasting their money. In a new recommendations from the federal government's expert panel on preventive medicine, the task force says that most postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D and calcium to reduce their risk of bone fractures. The dosages assessed were 400 international units (IUs) of vitamin D3 and 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. The conclusions are based on an analysis of six randomized trials designed to study the health effects of vitamin D and calcium supplements.
You may be able to get through the flu season without a cough, sore throat or high fever, but it's going to take a little preventive medicine. That's what health experts are telling the millions of Los Angeles County residents who could come down with the flu between December and March, the peak period for infection. Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract.
June 20, 1993 | BILL BOYARSKY
I went to the Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center last week to remind myself that people--real, live men, women and children--are affected by California's perpetual state budget crisis. People, especially when they're hurt, are the last thing the Sacramento crowd wants in the budget story. Republican Gov. Pete Wilson and Democratic and Republican legislative leaders prefer to use the bloodless language of the bureaucrat.
A tough lesson learned in the early days of the Persian Gulf War--not about tactics or weapons but about lettuce and other vegetables--may save the troops in Somalia considerable misery. The lesson occurred when some field commanders, taking pity on troops eating bland, prepackaged rations, accepted fresh vegetables bought in Egypt and other nearby countries. The result: Each week thousands of troops reported to sick call with diarrhea. This time, Lt.
November 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
A new state program that went into effect this month requires HMOs and health insurance plans to provide free, comprehensive annual physicals to millions of New Jersey adults. The New Jersey Health Wellness Promotion Act, described as the first of its kind in the nation, requires many insurers to provide a 17-point "Healthful Life Program" aimed at encouraging more healthful living and catching problems early. Already, creator Dr. Donald B.
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