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February 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said any money from congressional action against tobacco companies should be spent fighting smoking and the diseases it causes rather than research, as President Clinton has proposed. Clinton has suggested boosting science and health research, in particular cancer research. Koop welcomed the prospect of money from tobacco companies to make up for what he said are $100 billion a year in costs to society from smoking, but he urged caution in spending
July 20, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Nominations are being accepted for the 1993 Salute to Women Awards, given for the past 10 years to women who have made outstanding contributions in art, business, community service, education, law enforcement, media, science and health. The women selected will be honored by the Ventura County Commission for Women and the Ventura County Professional Women's Network at an event Oct. 9 expected to be attended by legislators and community leaders, organizers said.
July 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
While it is never too late to quit smoking, some effects of the habit are permanent and irreversible, a consumer group said. Smoking for as little as five years damages virtually every organ in the human body, the American Council on Science and Health, a nonprofit consumer group, said. "We don't want to dishearten or depress smokers--quitting is always healthier than smoking," Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, the council's president, said.
June 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment. The nation's leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes. In the end, members of the AMA's House of Delegates rejected cautionary advice from their own experts and extended the new status to a condition that affects more than one-third of adults and 17% of children in the United States.
June 10, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Approximately 3,020 cancers could be prevented each year if doctors were more judicious about ordering CT scans for kids, according to a new study. A CT scan is essentially a series of X-rays combined to give physicians a three-dimensional view of a patient's insides. If there's a small tumor in the brain, a CT can help doctors find it. Ditto for damage to internal organs after a car accident. In order to produce clearer pictures, CT scanners use more ionizing radiation than regular X-ray machines -- 100 to 500 times more, according to the authors of the new study.
February 11, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
Fifth-grade students at Arroyo Elementary School will hold a health fair today for the benefit of students, teachers and parents. The fair will feature games, puppet shows and videos produced by the students on such topics as smoking, physical fitness and nutrition. About 90 students from three fifth-grade classes will have health information booths. A school nurse will be on hand to check blood pressure.
February 23, 1997
Lee Jackson, a former Poly High football player and frosh-soph coach, has been named varsity coach of the Parrots, Principal Carolyn Burch said. The Parrots were winless on the field last season, earning only a forfeit victory over Reseda. Jackson, who teaches science and health at Poly, replaces Tim Feeley, who resigned after going 5-25 over three years. "We were looking for somebody who could bring a long-term positive approach," Burch said.
September 26, 1987 | From Associated Press
A 1971 law giving the Christian Science Church an extended copyright to its central theological text was declared unconstitutional this week by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here said the law giving the church a copyright to all editions of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is unconstitutional because it "offends the fundamental principles of separation of church and state."
August 16, 2004
Johanna NEUMAN'S article ["Obesity Fuels Their Fervor," July 26] was interesting and informative overall, but people should know that the American Council on Science and Health and the Center for Consumer Freedom ... clearly do not have the public's best interest at heart. No reputable organization would promote a fatty, animal-based diet. Any health professional worth his or her degree will agree that a low-fat vegan diet is best for lasting weight control and good health. Elaine Sloan New York, N.Y. Thank you for the very important comments on health and nutrition.
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