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March 23, 2005
Re "Life's Work Foreshadows Doctor's Own Diagnosis," March 14: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a terrible disease, but the article implies that breathing difficulties precipitate an unalterable and inevitable end of life. Though there is no cure for ALS today, there is treatment for the symptoms, including breathing problems. Many people with ALS are extending their lives with the use of assisted ventilation. There are several options to consider when they need help breathing. Decisions should be made with one's medical team and family.
February 24, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The mother of the 13-year-old girl who became a   cause celebre  after being declared brain-dead at an Oakland hospital last year defended her decision to keep her daughter on a ventilator, saying the case has brought worldwide attention to her plight. Citing alleged death threats, Jahi McMath's family has declined to say where they transferred the teen's body after she was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner. Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier  at the hospital  to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula.
March 3, 1999
I am among the unfortunate commuters who endure the traveling conditions aboard Commuter Express line 573. Whoever oversees this line ought to be fired or allow the contract to expire and look for new bidders. Obviously, the folks who are supposed to make a better transit system have never ridden a bus and probably have no intention of doing so. The windows are "sealed," allowing no ventilation. There is basically no ventilation available most days. The drivers beg off with the excuse that the air conditioning does not work, that it has been turned off for the season, that all that comes out of the vent is hot air, and the beat goes on. I would like to continue riding the bus to work.
January 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Medical ethicists are criticizing the unnamed facility that agreed to keep the body of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator after transferring her from an Oakland hospital, saying it will only delay the inevitable while potentially causing long-term financial and emotional harm to her family. Jahi's case has been widely criticized by medical experts who have emphasized that people who are declared brain-dead are no longer alive. At least three neurologists confirmed Jahi was unable to breathe on her own, had no blood flow to her brain and had no sign of electrical activity three days after she  underwent surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children's Hospital Oakland and went into cardiac arrest, causing extensive hemorrhaging in her brain.
April 19, 1987
According to Colman Andrews' categorization, I am an "allergic, air-polluting smoke hater" unable to sustain conversation or tolerance while in an enclosed space with a smoker (Restaurant Notebook; "A Few Words--Gasp!--in Defense of Smoking," April 12). Am I to believe that "good ventilation" is the universal solution for separating smoker from "smoke hater"? Do I get marked down because I drive when I could be a purist and ride a bike? Andrews, revered as he may be as a restaurant critic, is setting himself up to be reviled by us "smoke haters" for his arcane, simplistic and unworkable "ventilation theory."
May 21, 1989 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Jack Buckley would get sick soon after his workday started at Raytheon Co. in Goleta. For months, the computer programmer became dizzy and disoriented and even began to have trouble walking. The problems at first disappeared right after Buckley got home. But after several months, the symptoms were permanent. Buckley, 63, claimed to be the victim of sick building syndrome, a malady that some researchers say is commonplace in many office buildings. Sufferers complain of any number of symptoms including watery eyes, sinus congestion, nausea, dizziness, headaches, sore throats, rashes or fatigue.
January 2, 2000
As one who holds few superstitions, I too considered feng shui as hocus-pocus. Until I realized that feng shui is often simply common sense about enhancing one's quality of life. As an allergist-immunologist, I am particularly intrigued by the recommendation of a southerly exposure and steps to improve ventilation. Both of these measures would greatly reduce the quantity of indoor molds that not uncommonly produce toxins detrimental to health and often become allergens for those susceptible.
January 1, 1987
For those of us who must often travel long distances, flying first class is more a necessity than a luxury. In order to be rested and coherent after a grueling flight, first class offers one of the only means of relief. However, during these flights, for which I pay over triple the coach fare, I am subjected to substantial amounts of cigarette smoke. The reason for this is because first-class allows smoking just one or two rows from the no-smoking section due to the size of that cabin.
April 16, 1989
Glass block is indeed beautiful, but James Dulley's Q&A in Home Improvement (April 9) leaves out an important consideration, especially for "do-it-yourselfers." Ordinary glass and thermal glass can be made for virtually any size window, but glass blocks only come in certain sizes, and they cannot be cut to fit. While there are a variety of shapes and sizes that can be combined to fit different size window openings, careful layout is required to make sure the block will fit. Often, a glass-block window will require both a new window frame and some alteration of the exact size of the window opening, which can mean minor (but important)
December 3, 1993
Although we in the South Bay like to think of ourselves as responsive to our communities' needs, we are lagging behind our unwieldy neighbor to the north in one important area: Los Angeles has taken steps to protect its restaurant employees and patrons from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke by instituting a smoke-free restaurant policy. Pasadena, Santa Monica and West Hollywood have recently done the same. Yet Rancho Palos Verdes is the only South Bay city to do so. The Environmental Protection Agency says that secondhand smoke is a known cancer-causing agent--in the same category as radon and asbestos!
December 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A court order was extended late Monday that will keep a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead on a ventilator for another week, while the facility pledged to work with the family to transfer Jahi McMath elsewhere if certain conditions could be met. Sam Singer, a public relations consultant retained by the hospital, said the family must find an outside physician willing to insert breathing and feeding tubes, a way to transport Jahi and a...
December 30, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A court order keeping a 13-year-old brain-dead girl on a ventilator in Oakland expires at 5 p.m. Monday as her family tries to find a facility to take her in. Jahi McMath's family has been fighting to keep her on a ventilator ever since she became brain-dead on Dec. 9 after a tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.  She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to...
December 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Just before 13-year-old Jahi McMath was scheduled to be taken off a ventilator Monday, her family was granted an extended court order to keep her on it, even though she was declared brain-dead more than two weeks ago. Jahi's uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters Monday that the family had found a licensed facility in New York state that would accept her and had already contracted an air ambulance to take her there. But the Oakland hospital wouldn't “allow us to proceed in that manner,” Sealey said, according to the Oakland Tribune . The family had therefore filed a new complaint in federal court and also appealed to Alameda County Superior Court to extend its temporary restraining order, the Oakland Tribune reported.
December 24, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An Alameda County judge on Tuesday declared a 13-year-old Oakland girl brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy earlier this month, but ordered her kept on life support until next Monday. Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo told relatives of Jahi McMath that until then, they can file an appeal to his decision. Soon after Jahi had tonsils removed at  Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Dec. 9, the eighth-grader went into cardiac arrest and the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off.   She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to court records.
December 23, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
An Alameda County judge Monday ordered a girl who became brain-dead after a tonsillectomy to be kept on a ventilator until Dec. 30. Judge Evelio Grillo extended a restraining order until next week and had appointed an independent physician to examine the girl, Jahi McMath , on Monday afternoon at the hospital. The physician is scheduled to deliver the results Tuesday morning in court, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The doctor, Paul Fisher , chief of neurology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University , must determine whether he agrees that Jahi, 13, is brain-dead under state law.
November 15, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Authorities have not ruled out homicide as they investigate how twin brothers dependent on breathing ventilators died during a power outage in the Northern California town of Valley Springs. Calaveras County coroner's officials believe identical 22-year-old twins Ryan and Joshua Hall may have died from asphyxiation when their back-up ventilators also failed during the power outage Tuesday night, Fox's KTLX-TV in Sacramento reported. The brothers had  muscular dystrophy  and were unable to breathe without the ventilators.
May 1, 1994
I am a sixth-grade student who wishes to graduate from high school in the year 2000 in a smoke-free environment. On behalf of our class and all kids, I would like to express my concern about the quality of the air we breath. We're depending on you to care and help spread the message that we need to start clearing the air. As you know, we have tobacco product vending machines that are accessible in many public places! The poisonous gases from smoking surrounding us contribute to air pollution.
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
November 14, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The deaths of twin 22-year-old brothers whose ventilators shut down in the Northern California town of Valley Springs is being investigated by authorities. Meanwhile, neighbors were distraught over the deaths and seeking answers. “It could be medical … possible homicide. It can go in any direction. We're just not far along at this point and time to make any good determinations,” Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said. The brothers, Ryan and Joshua Hall, had muscular dystrophy  and were dependent on the breathing ventilators for life support,  Fox 40 reported . On Tuesday night, a widespread power outage hit the area, prompting their mother to call authorities for help.
September 25, 2012 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
USC defensive back Brian Baucham remains hospitalized because of an unspecified breathing issue that occurred after the fifth-year senior played in Saturday's game against California, a person close to the situation said Monday. Baucham, from Torrance, was in intensive care and on a ventilator Saturday and Sunday, but he was removed from the device Monday and his condition was improved, said the person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
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