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June 28, 1989 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Despite a warning that public health might be sacrificed so that well-to-do residents can enjoy scenic views, the Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation that could prevent Los Angeles from covering 10 reservoirs that store drinking water for the city. The bill was authored by Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), who plans to build a home with a commanding view of the Silver Lake Reservoir, one of five at which the Department of Water and Power is considering building filtration plants.
April 15, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The state Department of Public Health is adopting the nation's first-ever drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen found in water supplies across the state. The department announced Tuesday that it has submitted a final regulation setting a limit of 10 parts per billion in public drinking water supplies, a level that will require more than 100 water systems to treat for the contaminant. If approved as expected by the Office of Administrative Law, the standard would take effect July 1. Public health Director Ron Chapman said the limit "will protect public health while taking into consideration economic and technical feasibility as required by law. " Known as chromium 6, the toxic heavy metal makes its way into groundwater naturally from geological formations.
April 1, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The proportion of American adolescents who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and are free of risk factors for future heart disease is "alarmingly low," says a major new survey of teen health. The comprehensive five-year assessment of teens' health status warns that the "disconcertingly high" rate of poor health habits among the nation's youth "may contribute to unacceptably high rates of adult-onset cardiovascular disease" as this cohort matures into adulthood. The new survey , published Monday in the American Heart Assn.'s journal Circulation, culled data on teens from a yearly gauge of the nation's health called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES)
April 7, 2014 | David Lazarus
If you've eaten from a food truck or cart in Los Angeles County, chew on this: About 40% of the roughly 3,200 food trucks and carts cooking up meals in the area have never been inspected in the field by health officials since letter grades were introduced three years ago. And most of the remaining 60% have been checked out only once a year, even though official guidelines call for at least two annual field inspections. How do I know that? Because Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, told me so. He oversees inspections of all eateries, including mobile ones.
April 11, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Miley Cyrus had the willpower to resist a Wendy's meal on Sunday night, but not enough willpower to resist tweeting about it . The tweet prompted accusations that the recently slimmed-down star is anorexic, to which Cyrus tweeted back : “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health.” It was a refreshing response from a female celebrity. Usually when a woman in Hollywood talks about food, it's about how much she likes to gorge herself on comfort food.
February 10, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The Indiana State Department of Health sent out a statement Feb. 3, two days before the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.  The bulletin, which advised "Hoosiers and out-of-town guests" to "Practice Good Health Defense for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday," offered tips about healthful eating, drinking in moderation, keeping warm and storing party foods properly to avoid food-borne illnesses. Less than a week later, the department circulated another release that touched on a Super Bowl health hazard few had considered: measles, and the importance of vaccination.  State health officials reported two confirmed and two probable cases of the respiratory ailment.  One of infected individuals had attended pre-Super Bowl celebrations in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3 -- raising the alarming possibility that others at the event who were not up-to-date on their vaccinations or who had not had measles in the past could have been exposed to the virus as well.  That's a concern because measles is highly contagious, said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle who is based at Seattle Children's Hospital.
May 7, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
A few weeks after the death of public health leader Antronette Yancey, organizations around California and the nation will participate in an "Instant Recess" break Tuesday afternoon to honor her work. The Oakland-based Prevention Institute is asking participants to stand up at 1 p.m., click on this YouTube video and take a short exercise break led by the Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team.  Yancey, a researcher and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, died April 23 of lung cancer.
February 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
So-called female condoms were handed out Monday on the streets of San Francisco just in time for Valentine's Day. This doesn't exactly scream romance to us. But the city's public health officials were less interested in love and more interested in urging women and gay men to use this "other" kind of condom to fight sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Female condoms aren't exactly a household object -- so some people may be unsure how to use them. Planned Parenthood is there for you. Here's how they work: "The female condom is a plastic pouch that is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
October 10, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Food expert Marion Nestle asks whether government-shutdown-mandated furloughs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hampered its response to the salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms. The bacteria traced to three of the firm's California poultry plants have sickened 278 people nationwide, mostly in California. The Heidelberg strain of salmonella appears to be especially virulent. As my colleague David Pierson reported, 42% of victims have been hospitalized , double the normal rate.
May 9, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
President Obama said Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage . In an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, he explained that for him, it's an issue of fairness : “It's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.” But studies show there's another reason to favor gay marriage - it's good for public health. A study published in February by the American Journal of Public Health found that gay men in Massachusetts were in better physical and mental health after that state became the first to recognize same-sex marriage in 2003.
March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
March 28, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
A Vernon battery recycler under fire for contaminating nearby homes with lead and threatening the health of more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions is in trouble once again for emitting more than the permitted level of lead, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. As a result, the agency will order Exide to curtail its operations by 15%. On March 22 and 23, an air monitor on the northeast side of the Exide Technologies plant, near the Los Angeles River, picked up lead levels that were high enough to cause the outdoor air concentration to exceed 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter based on a 30-day average - a violation of rules designed to protect public health.
March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department - one of the largest agencies of its kind in the nation - announced he is retiring, now that a controversial campaign to break apart his agency has been abandoned. Jonathan Fielding was named the first head of the public health agency in 2006, when county supervisors separated it from the department that runs the county's large hospitals and network of community medical clinics. He had previously served in a similar position as the county's health officer.
March 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued this month to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: Don't let children play in the dirt in your backyard. Tests of 39 homes and one preschool within two miles of the plant revealed that all had levels of lead in the soil that should trigger health evaluations. Lead is a neurotoxin that can cause children to develop learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
One year after the South Coast Air Quality Management District found that arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery plant posed a cancer risk to more than 100,000 people, the agency has approved Exide Technologies Inc.'s plan to reduce health risks. Exide issued a statement saying it had "worked diligently" with regulators and intends to invest more than $5 million in the facility as a result of the new plan, on top of $15 million the company has already spent or pledged for other environmental and public health-related improvements since 2010.
March 11, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Both sides are claiming victory in the latest flare-up between Los Angeles County and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. In a March 7 decision, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin struck down the foundation's challenge to two county contracts that were  awarded without a competitive bidding process. The contracts went to UCLA and St. John's Well Child and Family Center for providing healthcare and other services to young people living with or at risk for HIV. Officials said that the ruling "clearly validates the county's contracting efforts.
July 9, 1993
I write in support of Dean Emeritus Roger Detels MD, UCLA School of Public Health. His letter (June 25) expressed the shock, outrage and disappointment that I feel with regard to the proposal to disestablish the UCLA School of Public Health. After 31 years of private practice in Illinois, I enrolled in the school and obtained a master's degree in public health in 1987. I now utilize that valuable training in my daily work in the sector of public health in caring for persons infected with the virus which causes AIDS.
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of the way the county's public health department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. The officials sharply criticized public health officials over a report that complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes are not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
March 3, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Wait three days after it rains before going into the ocean. It's a warning that public health officials issued to beachgoers this week, as they do after any significant storm in California. But a study released Monday is raising questions about whether that three-day waiting period is enough to protect people who swim, surf and play in the ocean from pathogens in storm runoff that can make them ill. "To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall," said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay , an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
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