December 28, 2009 |
A few weeks ago, a healthy patient in her early 40s came to my office requesting a CT scan of the chest. She was a smoker and wanted to be sure that she didn't have lung cancer. I explained to her that a CT, or computerized tomography, scan was not a good test for lung cancer. I even pulled up the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines on my computer to show her that there was no compelling evidence to support screening. She refused to accept this explanation. "I want to know that I don't have cancer," she repeated.
July 7, 1987 |
In 1984, when researchers first introduced a new fetal genetic screening test called chorionic villi sampling, which can be done earlier and more quickly than amniocentesis, advocates urged caution among women and doctors attracted to the new technique. Caution was suggested because, like any new procedure with significant potential public appeal, chorionic villi sampling had not been tested thoroughly enough to justify mass use.
March 24, 2003 |
The auditions came complete with replays, expert analysis and commercial breaks. All UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had to do to evaluate the top candidates to become the next Bruin coach was tune in to NCAA tournament telecasts over the weekend. What impressed him the most? There was Gonzaga's persistence under Mark Few, Utah's ingenuity under Rick Majerus, Marquette's triple-digit firepower under Tom Crean. Pittsburgh's toughness under Ben Howland had to rank near the top.
December 10, 1987 |
Just in time for the holidays, a distribution company has unveiled a two-minute alcohol screening test that it said will allow revelers to determine their alcohol level by licking a test strip. TestAhol saliva tests--not usable as legal evidence--will be sold for 98 cents each in drugstores, department stores and supermarkets in the Northeast and Southwest starting next week, the company said.
April 28, 2011 |
Autism treatment works best the earlier a child is diagnosed and begins therapy. A new screening test for babies at their 1-year-old check-up may be reliable enough to be used in pediatricians' offices around the world, said the authors of a review of the method. The screening test was performed on 10,479 1-year-olds in San Diego. The babies were the patients of 137 different pediatricians. Parents or guardians gave their permission for the babies to be screened. Using a checklist that took about five minutes to complete, doctors asked questions about the child's use of eye contact, sounds, words, gestures, object recognition and other forms of communication.
April 5, 2009 |
Master conceptualist and founding father of modern celebrity culture, Andy Warhol was also, for a spell in the 1960s, the most prolific filmmaker in America. From 1963, when he acquired his first camera, to 1968, when he was shot and nearly killed by the radical feminist Valerie Solanas, Warhol made hundreds of films, home movies of a sort, the most elemental of which took the form of a so-called screen test.
April 3, 2006 |
Fans of Marlon Brando will be treated to a nearly 60-year-old screen test the actor took for the lead role in "Rebel Without a Cause" that is being included in a new DVD collection. The footage from the late 1940s shows a baby-faced Brando auditioning for the movie -- a few years before he made his big-screen debut in 1950's "The Men." The role called for Brando to play a young criminal who urges his girlfriend to join him in escaping from the law.
August 11, 1998 |
California's political air war escalated Monday in the race for governor as Republican Dan Lungren began televising his first spots and Democrat Gray Davis expanded the reach of his weeklong advertising effort. Both candidates are limiting their initial forays to the Central Valley, which is strategically crucial and a relatively cheap place to buy ad time. As part of their regional focus, the contenders will meet in their second face-to-face debate next Tuesday in Fresno. Atty. Gen.
September 25, 1994 |
Almost invisibly, a group of students rose as early as 5 a.m. this summer to paint out graffiti before the spray-paint, in many cases, was dry. But their work has not gone unnoticed by residents and has even received the attention of a British production company that will return in November to film them for a documentary. Case Television contacted the Madres del Este de Los Angeles, Santa Isabel chapter, after reading about its 10-week program in a small article in a New York magazine.
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June 21, 1995 |
To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, who understood the place as well as any, Hollywood is in Los Angeles but not of it. The movie people have forever created their own, closed community within the city. They work within walled studios, which really are small towns unto themselves. At night they flutter toward their own restaurants like moths, and to their own resorts for vacation. If too many of the rest of us show up at their chosen locales, they flutter away to find a new place.