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November 25, 1992
The streets of downtown Los Angeles are home, literally, to many of the city's poor, and within that open-air home nearly every dark corner has been turned into a public toilet. Though these "toilets" do not appear as a distinct item on any municipal budget, their cost to public health and to the social and physical environment is real enough. The stench, at some points, is overwhelming even to the passing motorist. But what are the homeless to do?
August 18, 1987
Last week Velsicol Co. and the federal Environmental Protection Agency agreed to suspend the further sale and production of the widely used but extremely hazardous pesticide chlordane. This is an important step toward protecting the public from a toxic chemical. The EPA would have done a more thorough job, however, if it had also recalled and disposed of an estimated two-month retail supply of chlordane--an action that it did not take.
September 3, 2007
Re "Who will survive the hungry gene?" Opinion, Aug. 30 Greg Critser's otherwise informative article on Type 2 diabetes is marred by a misunderstanding of evolution. Type 2 diabetes does not, in fact, confer an evolutionary disadvantage on those people carrying the gene, and that is why it is such a public health problem today.
April 12, 2012 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to the Times
Dr. Lester Breslow, the UCLA researcher who became known as "Mr. Public Health" because of his research emphasizing the beneficial effects of avoiding certain behaviors, such as smoking, overeating and failing to exercise regularly, has died. He was 97. Breslow, a former director of the California Department of Public Health and dean of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, the university announced. Breslow played a key role in medicine's transition from an emphasis on simply treating disease to a much broader effort to prevent it. Medicine focused "almost exclusively on communicable diseases when I started" in the 1940s, he recently recalled.
July 23, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Lawrence E. Dodds, Ventura County's public health officer and former head of the Public Health Department, will leave the county July 30, it was announced this week. Ventura County Health Care Agency Director Phillipp K. Wessels told a committee of county health leaders Thursday that he has narrowed the field of replacement candidates to three physicians who already work for public health in Ventura County. He plans to fill the post by early next week.
January 18, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN
Public health officials will survey thousands of Ventura County residents in an effort to improve health care. The survey, which will take place from now to March, is part of a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Participants will answer questions about their health and nutrition. They also will visit a mobile examination center, where doctors, dentists and nutritionists will conduct various tests.
July 6, 1997
Where did Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Earl McPhail get the misguided notion that public health is protected by way of "stiff" permit restrictions? ("Residents Want Farm's Pesticide Permit Revoked," June 26). Current law allows fumigation of fields, with an extremely toxic chemical, to within 30 feet of residential backyards, and growers are not required to issue public health warning notices. These conditions constitute a gross lack of public protection, and no self-respecting individual would say otherwise.
July 28, 2000
Bruce Aitken Ault, 84, a public health technician who served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Alcoholism. A native of Los Angeles who was educated at UCLA, Ault worked at various times as a health physicist for the state of California, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. In the early 1960s, he was responsible for enforcing city and state regulations concerning ionizing radiation devices.
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