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June 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
After producing documentaries about the history of baseball, the Civil War, jazz and a variety of other topics, Ken Burns is turning his attention to cancer. Burns will be teaming up with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. " The series, to air on PBS stations in the spring of 2015, will be directed by Barak Goodman of the New York-based documentary film production company Ark Media. In awarding "The Emperor of All Maladies" its 2011 prize for general nonfiction, the Pulitzer judges called the book "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science.
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.
May 16, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Attention swimmers: More than half of the public pools tested in a new study contained bacterial evidence that someone may haveĀ  pooped in the pool. Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with state and local public health departments last summer to collect samples from pool filters at 161 pools in the metro-Atlanta area. Some of the pools were public, some were in private clubs and some were in water parks. Over the winter, researchers used genetic tests to identify several types of pathogens in the filter samples.
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.
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."
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