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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.
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.
July 24, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Doctors recommend against eating more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. Order a Denny's double cheeseburger and you'll consume 3,880 milligrams in one sitting, almost double the suggested daily allowance of salt. Denny's meals "are dangerously high in sodium," according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by a New Jersey man with the support of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit group active in nutrition and food safety issues.
When Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya walked into White Memorial Medical Center 12 years ago suffering from advanced breast cancer, she typified many women in her East Los Angeles community who are uninformed about the disease and seek treatment too late. She died two years later at the age of 39, leaving three children and her husband to mourn a life cut down in its bloom.
July 12, 2010 | By Francesca Lunzer Kritz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Is there an app for that?" When it comes to consumer healthcare applications for smart phones, the answer, increasingly, is yes. There are now close to 6,000 consumer health apps, according to a review published in March by mobihealthnews, which reports on the mobile health industry, and more are being added every day. Many are free, or cost $1 to $10 to download. Some physicians are concerned about the reliability of the medical information provided by many of these apps, which offer advice and information on a wide array of health topics, including how to find a doctor, first aid for an emergency and exercise instructions.
March 12, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny, Healthy Traveler
A week before your trip to Mexico, the express mail van drops off a small package that might just save your vacation. You open it carefully and dial the number listed on the instruction sheet. The nurse who answers gives you instructions on how to prepare, then drink the vaccine that's just been delivered. You stir it into a flavored beverage and drink it, hoping it will protect you from traveler's diarrhea. That scenario may sound like fantasy but could be closer to reality than you think.
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