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Shorter waits for angioplasty do not lower death rates, study says

LOS ANGELES — An intense nationwide push to speed hospital treatment for heart attack patients has been a success, cutting by 20 percent the average time people waited before getting their clogged arteries opened between 2005 and 2009.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am
Diaper need forces some to steal, go without food

Diaper need forces some to steal, go without food

Beth Capper, a single mother, says she has sometimes skipped eating to afford diapers for her 11-month-old son, Ezekiel Goss.

July 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Diaper need forces some to steal, go without food

Diaper need forces some to steal, go without food

LOS ANGELES - There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some.

July 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

More to face disability late in life, studies say

LOS ANGELES - Don't expect old age to be all golf and cruises: As Americans live longer and longer, more of them should expect to suffer some sort of independence-threatening disability in the final phase of life, two new studies published online Monday suggest.

July 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gut microbes reveal diabetes

LOS ANGELES - Particular combinations of bacteria in the human digestive system can identify patients who have or are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, scientists reported Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature.

May 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Patients' decisions can be expensive

LOS ANGELES - Many patients like having a say in their medical care. But according to a new survey, the people who say they want to take a relatively aggressive, hands-on approach may also wind up with longer hospital stays and higher bills than their peers who leave the decision-making up t…

May 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Giving newborns formula may help in breast-feeding

One of the first warnings new mothers hear is that offering babies formula soon after birth can lead to problems with breast-feeding. Sating infants' hunger with formula can prevent them from nursing vigorously, interfering with milk production; letting them use a bottle and nipple can inter…

May 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
More women opting for surgery to get arms like first lady's

More women opting for surgery to get arms like first lady's

LOS ANGELES - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery statistics on Monday.

April 30, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Study: False alarms take mental toll long after mammograms

LOS ANGELES - Long after learning that a troubling reading on a screening mammogram was a false alarm, women continued suffering negative psychological effects, researchers in Denmark have reported.

March 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Vast study advances breast-cancer fight

LOS ANGELES - Researchers have found a way to classify breast-cancer tumors into 10 distinct categories ranging from very treatable to extremely aggressive, a major step on the way to the long-sought goal of precisely targeting therapies for patients.

April 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Too many costly studies make you say, 'Duh,' eh? Well, just hold on, smarty

LOS ANGELES - Medical researchers have unlocked the human genome, wiped out smallpox and made great strides in the fight against AIDS.

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