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August 12, 2010
A surgical procedure that reduces pressure on the blood vessels of a brain region that regulates the body's vital functions appears, in some cases, to improve glucose control in patients with type-2 diabetes, a group of Pittsburgh physicians report . Writing in the journal Surgical Neurology International> , a team of physicians report that by lifting and repositioning an artery that lay across the vagus nerve, they effected improvements in...
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SCIENCE
March 31, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Bariatric surgery did more to improve symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol after three years than intensive treatment with drugs alone, according to new results from a closely watched clinical trial involving patients who were overweight or obese. Study participants who had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy also lost more weight, had better kidney function and saw greater improvements in their quality of life than their counterparts who did not go under the knife, researchers reported Monday.
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SPORTS
June 30, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has taken an unusual step to try to strengthen his ailing right knee, undergoing an innovative procedure in Germany about a month ago, according to four people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly. The treatment is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy. PRP procedures are less invasive than many surgeries involving the knee and are viewed as either an emerging solution to knee problems or a financial gamble on unproven science.
SCIENCE
March 24, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
You need a biopsy, or some other kind of minimally invasive treatment, and you are feeling anxious. Nothing is likely to go wrong, but you're still worried.  Would pre-procedure hypnosis help? Maybe. Soft music? Possibly. But a small study presented Monday at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 39th annual meeting, suggests that donning a pair of video glasses that displays a movie or television show only you can see is likely to help you the most.  "Whether they were watching a children's movie or nature show, patients wearing video glasses were successful at tuning out their surroundings," said David L. Waldman, chairman of the department of imaging sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., and lead author of the study.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol will undergo a "FAST Technique" procedure Thursday to help alleviate tendinosis in both knees. According to a release from the Lakers, the procedure "uses a probe inserted into the knee which directs ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging healthy tissue. " Gasol sat out eight games in early December to rest his aching knees. He missed five games in March with a concussion and 20 through February/March with a foot injury (torn plantar fascia). The procedure will be performed by Dr. Steven Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol will undergo a minimally invasive procedure Thursday to try to combat tendinitis in his knees. Gasol sat out eight Lakers games this season because of tendon soreness in both knees. The procedure is called Fasciotomy and Surgical Tenotomy (FAST) and is an effort to eliminate scar tissue by inserting into each knee a probe that emits ultrasonic energy. Healthy tendon tissue is not disturbed in the procedure. A timetable will be released Thursday for Gasol, who has one more season and $19.3 million remaining on his contract.
SCIENCE
November 25, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
A medical procedure that treats bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract has an unexpected - and, for some patients, quite welcome - side effect: It makes them lose weight. That procedure, called left gastric artery embolization, may just be the next big thing in the fight against obesity. And as a new study demonstrates, it does seem to work. In gastric artery embolization, an interventional radiologist threads a catheter up (or down, depending on his or her entry point) to the left gastric artery and deposits a slew of tiny beads to reduce the flow of blood to the gastric fundus, the upper part of the stomach.
WORLD
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Cuban government has authorized sex-change operations and will offer them free for qualifying citizens, an official said. The move is the latest in a series of changes implemented by President Raul Castro since he succeeded his elder brother, Fidel, in February. Raul Castro's daughter Mariela heads Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, which strongly backs the new policy. The procedure would be available to Cubans for free as part of their country's healthcare system.
SCIENCE
March 24, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
You need a biopsy, or some other kind of minimally invasive treatment, and you are feeling anxious. Nothing is likely to go wrong, but you're still worried.  Would pre-procedure hypnosis help? Maybe. Soft music? Possibly. But a small study presented Monday at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 39th annual meeting, suggests that donning a pair of video glasses that displays a movie or television show only you can see is likely to help you the most.  "Whether they were watching a children's movie or nature show, patients wearing video glasses were successful at tuning out their surroundings," said David L. Waldman, chairman of the department of imaging sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., and lead author of the study.
HEALTH
March 9, 2009 | By Kathleen Clary Miller
Colonoscopy: The very word sends shudders down the spine of anyone who has drunk "the drink" -- the concoction that cleanses the colon so the doctor can later examine it. I've enjoyed three different procedures with three different preps, and I've made it my mantra to minimize the misery: The appointment: Just pick up the phone. The test is far better than cancer would be. My first one was early, at age 45, because my mother died of colon cancer. Feel nothing but gratitude that such a preventive procedure exists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
In the summer of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to figure it out. " Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe made what many consider the most extraordinary medical advance in baseball history that September when he invented a transplant procedure that resurrected...
OPINION
March 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Clostridium difficile is a dangerous infection that, as its name implies, is not always easy to treat successfully with antibiotics. In many cases, the infection is actually triggered by antibiotic use during hospitalization; the medications kill beneficial bacteria that keep C. difficile in check. Now, some doctors are treating the infection with a procedure called fecal transplant, an unappealing but extremely effective approach that involves transferring filtered stool from a healthy donor to a patient afflicted with the disease, to reintroduce the helpful gut bacteria.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Peter Altschuler's back surgery had been a long time coming. The 66-year-old marketing professional and actor from Santa Monica slipped a disc about 10 years ago, and he's been coping with it ever since. A series of injections kept him pain-free for years, he said, but by 2012 they stopped doing their job. "I was in constant discomfort," he says. His doctors said it was time for surgery. Although old enough to qualify for Medicare, Altschuler held on to an insurance policy he'd had through a professional association before turning 65. As most health plans do, his insurer required him to obtain prior approval for his procedure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives continued their investigation Friday into the death of a Long Beach beauty salon client who died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure and warned other potential victims to contact police. Authorities allege 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez  was renting space  at Areli's Beauty Salon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue under the pretense of giving massages, but instead provided rear-end and lip augmentation and "vampire face lifts"--a procedure in which a person's own blood cells are injected into their face--without a license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
In the contrived and predictable yet fairly tense "Reasonable Doubt," Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys," "Mamma Mia") plays scrappy Chicago District Atty. Mitch Brockden, a rising star with a strong conviction record, a pretty wife (Erin Karpluk) and a newborn daughter. So, with much to lose, it's no great surprise (OK, in the real world it might be) when Mitch flees a fatal hit-and-run that occurs while he's driving drunk. Soon after, though, auto mechanic Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson)
HEALTH
December 6, 1999
I would like to laud your article "Take a Closer Look" (Nov. 8). Public education about Lasik is a very effective means to ensure that patients are informed about the safety issues of the procedure. Lasik is a procedure, not merely a product that you can use a coupon to get a good deal. Lasik, however, is being marketed as if it were a product, making it challenging for patients to understand that it is a procedure dependent on two factors: the surgeon and equipment. Surgical skill is difficult for patients to assess, especially in the current marketing climate of Lasik.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2009
Re: "Cancer exams get political," April 18: The debate over virtual colonoscopy is emblematic of the dysfunctional way America makes healthcare decisions. Whenever a new, expensive procedure comes out, the question seems to be framed, "Should we pay for it?" It is very hard for me to believe that when available knowledge is taken into account and special interest groups have less influence, this procedure could not be performed with as good or better results at a fraction of the current cost.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California regulators are speeding ahead with new rules of the road for testing and eventually operating self-driving cars - autos that can function without someone actively at the controls. Manufacturers hope these cars may be available by 2020. The Department of Motor Vehicles last week announced it has drafted proposed rules for so-called autonomous cars. The regulations, when final in the spring, would govern testing procedures that manufacturers would use to develop the cars as early as a year from now. "They're right on track," said state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Why have many of the local housing markets that were hit hardest during the bust - especially in California - bounced back so vigorously and quickly, with prices close to or exceeding where they were in 2005 and 2006? And why have many others along the East Coast and in the Midwest had a slower move toward recovery, with sluggish sales and gradual increases in values? Though multiple economic factors are at work, appraisal industry experts believe that they have isolated a crucial and perhaps surprising answer: Real estate markets rebound much faster in areas where state law permits foreclosures to proceed quickly, moving homes with defaulted loans into new owners' hands expeditiously, rather than allowing them to sit and deteriorate, tied up in court procedures for years.
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