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It is amazing how you can turn a truly terrible show into a very promising one if you add Alfre Woodard to the cast. Oh, it helps if you rewrite and reshoot the pilot too, but the addition of Woodard is key; somehow, she manages to lift the bar by just showing up. Since the general television audience will never see it, you will just have to trust me when I tell you that the original pilot for "Three Rivers," which premieres Sunday on CBS, was...
August 20, 2009
There's still a long way to go, and there are still many questions to be answered. Two more years without adequate medical care for the southern portion of Los Angeles County will prolong the suffering of residents there. Buy-in from the Board of Regents of the University of California is by no means certain. But Tuesday's Board of Supervisors vote to approve a framework for opening a full-service facility in partnership with UC to fill the void left by the 2007 closing of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital is a hopeful sign.
June 24, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs has an "excellent prognosis," a doctor at a Tennessee hospital said, confirming that Jobs had a liver transplant there. "He received a liver transplant because he was . . . the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available," said James D. Eason, chief of transplantation at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis. "Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis."
January 18, 2009 | Wire Reports
NCAA president Myles Brand said Saturday he has pancreatic cancer and his long-term prognosis is "not good." The 66-year-old Brand has led the governing body of college sports since 2003. He disclosed his condition in a written statement to colleagues on the final day of the NCAA Convention at Oxon Hill, Md., which he was unable to attend. He said he learned of the diagnosis "very recently."
January 6, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs broke with his usual code of secrecy Monday to explain his health problems, but the disclosure that a hormone imbalance was causing his noticeable weight loss will probably do little to tamp down concerns. Medical experts said a hormone imbalance in a pancreatic cancer survivor raises red flags about a possible recurrence. Jobs said in 2004 that he had undergone surgery to treat a rare form of the deadly disease.
October 4, 2008 | Ann Brenoff
WHENEVER I walk into a hospital emergency room, I still look for Nurse Hathaway -- the one who goes the extra mile for her patients, even when someone who looks like George Clooney is distracting her at the moment. Actress Julianna Margulies may have hung up her scrubs as Carol Hathaway on the NBC drama "ER" way back in 2000, but the part remains her best-known. We aren't sure why Margulies, 42, wants to sell her house in Santa Monica, just listed for $4.
January 25, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Veteran talk show host Al Rantel, who has been absent from KABC-AM (790) since Jan. 14, has been diagnosed with what he describes as "a highly treatable form of lymphoma." In a statement released by the station Wednesday evening, Rantel said that he has started chemotherapy and that his prognosis was "excellent." He said he was looking forward "to returning to the air as soon as possible." Until then, his 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. weekday slots will continue to be filled by Kevin Wall, Tammy Bruce and John Phillips, a KABC spokeswoman said.
October 5, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Software giant Microsoft Corp. on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of health and technology companies offering consumers an electronic personal health record. Like other Web-based personal health records, Microsoft's HealthVault is free and will allow consumers to store medical information -- such as vaccination dates and X-rays -- and share what they wish with physicians and relatives of their choosing.
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Lincoln might have survived if today's medical technology had existed when he was shot in 1865, but the question is whether he would have recovered enough to return to office, a doctor and a historian said at an annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference on the deaths of historic figures.
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