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November 8, 1988 | United Press International
Emperor Hirohito's blood pressure plunged to dangerously low levels and his temperature soared today as the ailing monarch failed to respond for several hours to treatment for persistent internal bleeding. Chief physician Akira Takagi, who leads a team of five court doctors, said later in the day that the monarch's condition was improving, but that he was spending the night at the Imperial Palace to monitor the 87-year-old emperor, believed to have abdominal cancer.
April 4, 2012 | Ben Bolch
A familiar UCLA chant broke out in a Chicago hotel room a few days before the McDonald's All-American high school basketball game. Clap-clap-clap-clap.... Kyle Anderson, Bruins point-guard-in-waiting, was trying to teach the eight clap to Shabazz Muhammad, potential Bruins savior-in-waiting. It wasn't a flawless rendition. "Just like me before, you have to work on it," said Anderson, who signed a letter of intent with UCLA last fall and was lobbying to have Muhammad do the same next week.
April 27, 1994 | MAL FLORENCE
Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post proposes that the NFL abolish the draft and cites some benefits: "Draftniks could enter therapy and learn the difference between a vital statistic and meaningless trivia. "The birth date of your spouse is vital. The 40-yard dash time of a cornerback from Texas A & M Kingsville is not." And: "(Mel) Kiper could be returned to his proper place. He again would be a sports geek talking back to the TV rather than a sports geek talking on TV."
February 14, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson sparked some unexpected drama following the Grammy Awards when she slurred her words and appeared to speak gibberish during a live report. Branson was reporting outside the Staples Center at the top of the 11:30 p.m. broadcast and was appearently trying to talk about the hoopla during the award show when her words became unintelligible. Some startled viewers thought she may have suffered a stroke during the report. A KCBS spokesman released a statement that Branson was examined by paramedics on the scene immediately following the broadcast.
The people who made "Vital Signs" (citywide) know how to make their little medical school ensemble into a half-believable community. They let us catch things on the fly, racing down a corridor, wheeling through a classroom as it seethes with inside jokes and vernacular. The movie is about five med school classmates in their roughest year--the third, when they get hands-on medical experience--and it's done at a pell-mell, breathless clip.
October 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
People are smoking less, countries are cutting back armies and nuclear weapons, and industry is producing less oil and fewer ozone-destroying chemicals. Could the world be turning into a better place? Not yet, the Worldwatch Institute said in a report Saturday. But there are encouraging trends. A look at 36 environmental and social indicators in the report "Vital Signs" still shows trouble signs. But "there are . . . some positive trends beginning to emerge," said Lester R.
Robert Urich, the never-ruffled tough-guy star of "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire," has long played characters who are up to the task no matter how daunting. In his personal life, too, he's demonstrated resilience, bouncing back no matter how many times his TV shows have been canceled, shouldering responsibilities and creating a luxurious life for his family. Then, last summer, a growth in his groin, initially thought to be nothing more than an annoyance, turned out to be cancer.
June 12, 1986 | HARRY NELSON and MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writers
Baby Jesse, his new heart beating steadily and all his vital signs good, slept through most of Wednesday while doctors here issued a cautiously optimistic prognosis for the 17-day-old boy, recipient of their fifth infant-to-infant heart transplant in little more than six months.
January 2, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
The quiet of a bucolic Agoura Hills neighborhood has been disrupted by a fight among residents over the design of two entrance signs whose appearance, ironically, was intended to symbolize the area's peaceful ambiance. Both sides agree that signs should be erected at the two roads into Old Agoura, a 300-home residential area of Agoura Hills with a rural flavor that belies its proximity to the Ventura Freeway. But some residents detest the design that the Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
April 12, 2005 | Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
Another patient hooked up to a cardiac monitor died at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center recently after nurses failed to notice the patient's deteriorating vital signs, Los Angeles County health officials reported in a confidential memo late Monday. The death last month is the sixth case in 21 months in which a critically ill patient at the county-owned hospital was virtually ignored while monitors designed to alert nurses to trouble went unheeded.
February 7, 2011 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Whether you're 18 or 80, if you like to run, bike, row, swim, cross-country ski or climb mountains, you have to keep an eye on the old ticker ? for training and safety purposes. Those aiming for victory have to know how hard to push it; those out for basic health and longevity have to know when to throttle back. And those who take it too far absolutely have to get help fast. Here's some technology that provides instant access to your vital signs exactly when you and your helpers need it. Calling your heart rate Modula Instant Heart Rate app: Available for Android and iPhone smart phones, this is one of the first heart rate monitor apps that does not require any external sensors.
October 17, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Most art museums still don't know what to do with it. Art critics still don't know what to call it. Over a decade since the dot-com boom and bust, the field known as new media art, digital art, interactive art or electronic art still occupies a sort of ghetto, with its own biennials, festivals and even its own exhibition centers. "I work with technology because it's inevitable. Our politics, our culture, our economy, everything is running through globalized networks of communication," says Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a prominent artist in this field, which he prefers to call "experimental" art. "But these kinds of works are not very popular with art critics.
May 15, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County health officials cited numerous inaccuracies in a complaint filed with regulators earlier this week that alleged emergency room patients at County- USC Medical Center faced excessive waits, among other issues. At the same time, officials acknowledged at least one allegation is true: Hospital staff failed to protect patient privacy. The in-depth response came Thursday as state regulators paid a surprise visit to the county-run hospital to investigate the complaint.
September 16, 2009 | Alana Semuels and Ronald D. White
Signs are increasing that an economic turnaround has begun in Southern California, even as residents and businesses continue to struggle in the worst downturn in decades. The state's exports are growing as overseas consumers, especially those in Asia, are demanding computers, electronics and agricultural products from California. Tourists are starting to return to the region's hotels and beaches. And home prices appear to be stabilizing in some of the Southland's hardest-hit markets.
June 3, 2009 | Ben Fritz and Alex Pham
Reflecting their disparate positions in the video game industry, Sony on Tuesday tried to get gamers amped up while Nintendo told them to chill out. Red-hot game maker Nintendo unveiled a new device for its No. 1 Wii console called the Wii Vitality Sensor, which clips to players' index finger and feeds their pulse into games.
April 1, 2009 | Lisa Girion
At a time when much of the nation's economy is on life support, the giant health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente opened a state-of-the-art, $600-million hospital in Hollywood on Tuesday, a feat that illustrates the vitality of the healthcare sector and of Kaiser itself. The nation's largest nonprofit healthcare organization, Kaiser employs more than 128,000 people in California and is the largest private employer in Los Angeles County.
A multitude of people relate anecdotes from their lives in "Vital Signs," at the Plaza Players Theater in Ventura. This isn't a unique idea: actors' audition books are filled with comparable brief scenes, and the Plaza Players presented a similar set of sketches earlier this year, with Asian-Americans providing the stories in that one.
August 22, 1994 | From Associated Press
Race driver Ernie Irvan remained on life support and in critical condition Sunday, a day after a crash at Michigan International Speedway left him with severe head and chest injuries. "His vital signs over the past 24 hours have been stable and his blood pressure, pulse and vital functions remain on life support, which includes a ventilator for his breathing," said Dr. Errol Erlandson, trauma surgeon on the medical team treating Irvan.
June 10, 2007 | Shermakaye Bass, Special to The Times
AT first, the caretakers at the Neon Museum's Boneyard in Las Vegas seem more cryptic than the Vatican: They can't disclose their location without setting up an appointment (well in advance, thank you); photography is permitted only for a fee; and since the Neon Museum is not quite a museum yet, one might even get rerouted to the organization's public exhibition, 10 nostalgia-inducing neon sculptures scattered around the Fremont Street Experience in downtown.
June 16, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in their young lives, Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros on Thursday lay in separate beds at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Renata snoozed peacefully in the left bed, true to the order in which they had been conjoined. Regina, the smaller, feistier of the two, slept fitfully on the right.
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