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OPINION
September 6, 2013
Re "Who may perform abortions?," Editorial, Sept. 3 As a comprehensive women's healthcare provider, I wholeheartedly agree that Gov. Jerry Brown should sign AB 154, a bill that will greatly improve access to early abortions in California. Timely access to reproductive healthcare services greatly improves the well-being of women and families. Terminating a pregnancy early is an extremely safe medical procedure, but even in California, women in rural areas have trouble accessing abortion care.
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NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Many patients receive repeat colonoscopies more quickly than are recommended by screening guidelines, increasing the risk that they will have rare, but significant, adverse outcomes from the tests, researchers reported this week. In a separate study, another group of researchers showed that many elderly who are sick or debilitated from other illnesses receive colonoscopies despite the fact that the procedures are probably not beneficial and may cause problems. Colonoscopies involve inserting a telescope-like instrument through the rectum to examine the interior of the small and large bowels so that doctors can look for polyps that are a precursor of colorectal cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1995
A strong exception is taken to the article in the Oct. 14 Orange County edition ("New to the Joint: Cartilage Growth Method Offers Knee Patients Relief") regarding joint cartilage transplantation. This article touted the positive aspects of this procedure, in which defects in cartilage of the knee have been filled with laboratory-grown cartilage cells but failed to point out the experimental nature and possible negative aspects of the treatment. The hype for this procedure stems from a Swedish study in which 16 cases were performed.
BUSINESS
May 17, 1989
A Your Wheels column on May 4 recommended a method for combating mold in automobile air conditioners. The process, suggested by an allergist who had safely used it in the past, involved mixing vinegar and household bleach and placing the solution in a pan in a car. Several academic and industry experts have since raised objections to the procedure, saying it could cause irritation in some individuals. In the worst case, the experts said, the vinegar-bleach mixture could produce harmful or irritating fumes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Oregon researchers are preparing to begin human trials of a new, nonsurgical technique to prevent pregnancies. The procedure involves inserting small metal coils into the Fallopian tubes through a tiny catheter. The coils interfere with the movement of eggs and sperm, blocking pregnancy. Dr. Amy Thurmond told a meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology that they had successfully performed the painless procedure on 13 of 14 women who were undergoing hysterectomies.
OPINION
January 12, 2002
Re "Veteran Pilot's Fatal Nose Dive Perplexes Family and Officials," Jan. 8: Pilots who do dumb things give the entire industry a bad name. A person wouldn't try to start his or her car without putting the key in the ignition. Deploying the landing gear on a plane prior to landing is just that elemental. There is a set procedure to flying. Follow the procedure and flying is as safe as riding a bicycle. Failure to follow the procedures set down in the checklist or manual compares to playing Russian roulette.
NEWS
March 9, 1990
It is with complete and total disbelief that I read about the abominable procedure encouraged by Dr. Philip J. DiSaia of tearing out the ovaries of women over 35 years of age if there is a history of ovarian cancer in their immediate family ("When TV and Life Part Company," Feb. 27). How does he know if a woman can tolerate replacement estrogen therapy after this barbaric procedure is inflicted on her? Nothing replaces the role of one's natural ovaries. Endocrinologists are just finding out the role natural hormones play in the quality of our lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
In the article on dress codes at Agoura High School, Sean Corey Nessen said, "They're here to teach us. What we wear should not be an issue." This is stated as if the students are not part of the learning process, like they are operated on by teachers without taking part in the procedure. How about, "We're here to learn. If clothes interfere with that goal (and they certainly do) then something needs to be modified." RONALD A. MOSSLER, Granada Hills
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.
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