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December 31, 1997 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a particularly bad time to get seriously ill in the San Fernando Valley. Many local hospitals reported Tuesday they are filled to capacity with those suffering from flu and a variety of other winter illnesses. "We have been absolutely inundated," said Joan Cole, nursing supervisor at North Hollywood Medical Center. "I can't remember when it has been this bad, and I've been here 20 years."
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January 8, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY and ANN KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A chest-burning strain of flu has its clammy grip on Valley residents, and the worst of the hacking cough, body aches and sweaty chills may be yet to come, health officials said. With oodles of employees taking sick days and urgent care clinics seeing influenza patients by the dozens, high flu season arrived a month or two early. That means, Dr.
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June 22, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying children in Los Angeles County have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, a business coalition on Tuesday launched what it described as the largest private sector immunization drive ever undertaken in California. The group said it hopes to boost the county's 40% vaccination rate--the worst of California's most populous counties--by sponsoring more than 250 free clinics in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal to slash allowable levels of a possible cancer-causing chemical in drinking water has local officials worried that widespread underground traces of the compound--hexavalent chromium--may result in the closing of some city water wells in the San Fernando Valley. The compound is assumed to have entered the ground water from spills and leaks at shops and factories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
Reaching out to San Fernando Valley residents who may be unaware of the area's health-care options, a nonprofit community group is sponsoring a bilingual health fair in North Hills today. Sponsored by Neighborhood Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (NEED), the four-hour event will feature free medical services such as blood-pressure testing, eye exams and flu shots, project coordinator Robert Acevedo said. "A lot of people in the area can't afford some of these services," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 | TIM MAY
The cleanup crew stepped gingerly Friday around stained mattresses, discarded underwear, drums of used motor oil and other garbage as they told of the progress made in cleaning one of the most disgusting illegal dumps in the northeast San Fernando Valley. "Watch your step," crew leader Conrad Batham said. "We found five hypodermic needles on the ground this morning." Several needles were still visible on the filthy, sour-smelling ground.
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June 24, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Los Angeles County prepares to dole out its shrinking pot of funds for AIDS services, the Board of Supervisors faces increasingly vocal complaints that the San Fernando Valley is getting shortchanged. The county is facing a possible $4.9-million reduction in federal funding for HIV and AIDS programs this year. The result is that providers big and small are scrambling to get what they consider their fair share.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY and ANN KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A chest-burning strain of flu has its clammy grip on Valley residents, and the worst of the hacking cough, body aches and sweaty chills may be yet to come, health officials said. With oodles of employees taking sick days and urgent care clinics seeing influenza patients by the dozens, high flu season arrived a month or two early. That means, Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sally Rivera, a leathery addict with a tattoo reading "Born To Die," ticks off the names of three friends who died of AIDS. "Everybody out here shares needles," the 39-year-old transient says, scanning the traffic along San Fernando Road near Pacoima. Sure it's dangerous, she acknowledges, "but when you're sick, you don't care. You just want the needle."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1994 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 71-year-old Simi Valley man has died of Valley fever, a respiratory illness that may have been caused by the Northridge earthquake, health officials said. Eugene Walter Cole, a retired maintenance worker, was diagnosed in February with the disease, which is contracted by breathing airborne spores that grow in the soil. He died March 2 in a North Hollywood hospital. Health officials have speculated that the Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1997 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a particularly bad time to get seriously ill in the San Fernando Valley. Many local hospitals reported Tuesday they are filled to capacity with those suffering from flu and a variety of other winter illnesses. "We have been absolutely inundated," said Joan Cole, nursing supervisor at North Hollywood Medical Center. "I can't remember when it has been this bad, and I've been here 20 years."
NEWS
June 24, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Los Angeles County prepares to dole out its shrinking pot of funds for AIDS services, the Board of Supervisors faces increasingly vocal complaints that the San Fernando Valley is getting shortchanged. The county is facing a possible $4.9-million reduction in federal funding for HIV and AIDS programs this year. The result is that providers big and small are scrambling to get what they consider their fair share.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
Reaching out to San Fernando Valley residents who may be unaware of the area's health-care options, a nonprofit community group is sponsoring a bilingual health fair in North Hills today. Sponsored by Neighborhood Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (NEED), the four-hour event will feature free medical services such as blood-pressure testing, eye exams and flu shots, project coordinator Robert Acevedo said. "A lot of people in the area can't afford some of these services," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 | TIM MAY
The cleanup crew stepped gingerly Friday around stained mattresses, discarded underwear, drums of used motor oil and other garbage as they told of the progress made in cleaning one of the most disgusting illegal dumps in the northeast San Fernando Valley. "Watch your step," crew leader Conrad Batham said. "We found five hypodermic needles on the ground this morning." Several needles were still visible on the filthy, sour-smelling ground.
NEWS
June 22, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying children in Los Angeles County have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, a business coalition on Tuesday launched what it described as the largest private sector immunization drive ever undertaken in California. The group said it hopes to boost the county's 40% vaccination rate--the worst of California's most populous counties--by sponsoring more than 250 free clinics in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1994 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hay fever season again. But you hardly need to be reminded if you're among the estimated 20% of Americans with pollen allergies. That means eyeballs that itch, noses that run and stuffed-up heads that feel about ready to explode. The symptoms probably showed up in the San Fernando Valley during the past couple of weeks, brought on by the recent spell of unusually warm and sometimes windy weather. So far, allergy experts say the pollen levels in the air are normal for this time of year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1992 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven years after the AIDS epidemic began in the United States, the San Fernando Valley's first AIDS services center will open Sept. 15 in a Van Nuys mini-mall. The Valley HIV/AIDS Center, funded by federal and city grants, will provide case management for people with AIDS, mental health services for those infected with HIV, support groups in English and Spanish, a food bank and referrals to other services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1994 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hay fever season again. But you hardly need to be reminded if you're among the estimated 20% of Americans with pollen allergies. That means eyeballs that itch, noses that run and stuffed-up heads that feel about ready to explode. The symptoms probably showed up in the San Fernando Valley during the past couple of weeks, brought on by the recent spell of unusually warm and sometimes windy weather. So far, allergy experts say the pollen levels in the air are normal for this time of year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1994 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 71-year-old Simi Valley man has died of Valley fever, a respiratory illness that may have been caused by the Northridge earthquake, health officials said. Eugene Walter Cole, a retired maintenance worker, was diagnosed in February with the disease, which is contracted by breathing airborne spores that grow in the soil. He died March 2 in a North Hollywood hospital. Health officials have speculated that the Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1993 | MATTHEW HELLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some people drive by a beach lined with bodies tanning under the summer sun and see the ultimate expression of Southern California's hedonistic lifestyle. Dermatologists such as Dr. Daniel Gross see future patients. "I think to myself, 'Geez, why would people do that, hurt their skin?' " he said. "I have absolutely no desire to lay on the beach and damage my skin. I'm too busy treating all the problems."
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