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July 29, 2008
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has created a new chair position within the Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute after a $2.3 million endowment for the hospital was announced Tuesday. The gift came from the Robert S. and Georgia L. Roth Family Foundation to support cardiac care in the facility. Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia was named to the position, while she also serves as the medical director of disease management. Itchhaporia’s focus will be on multidisciplinary patient care, physician education and research.
May 12, 2002
I hope there has been or will be conclusive proof, made public, based on studies done by qualified arboriculturists without vested interests, before we begin cutting down our mature Marguerite Street palm trees ("Newport leaders vote to tear out trees," April 25). Five years ago, we heard that these trees were infected with a killer disease and the prediction then was that they'd all be dead within a couple of years. You don't have to be an expert to see that the trees do have an infection, but they're hardly dropping dead at a rapid pace.
April 3, 2001
A fatal sexually transmitted disease is probably not the way most Southern Californians describe life. New Yorkers, maybe. Some Poles apparently do, as proven in Krzysztof Zanussi's "Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease." The film tells the story of Tomasz (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz,) an aging physician, who is confronted with his own mortality when he finds out that he has cancer. Years of exposure to death through his work seem to have numbed Tomasz's feelings and he shocks those closest to him with his detached descriptions of rotting inside.
November 6, 2013
The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach will sponsor a series of free community events throughout November, which is National Diabetes Month, to help educate people about the disease. The events include a lecture, grocery store walk-through and Thanksgiving cooking demonstration, according to a news release. Program Director Dr. Daniel Nadeau will speak about prevention of the disease and the importance of nutrition during an event scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 520 Superior Ave. An open house with refreshments will occur during the first and final half-hours.
May 17, 2003
June Casagrande Emily Olvera was diagnosed with leukemia at age 7. Despite all odds, she has survived with the help of an innovative drug. Emily, now 14, will be one of the honored leukemia patients representing this year's Volvo Leukemia Cup Junior and One Design Regatta. Denyse Peters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Tri-County Chapter said that the Santa Ana youngster is evidence of medical innovations that are helping fight an otherwise deadly disease.
Jim Carnett | September 7, 2010
On a couple of occasions I've mentioned in this space that I have Parkinson's disease. I was diagnosed nearly five years ago. Parkinson's is a brain disorder that manifests itself when certain nerve cells die or become impaired. The cells produce dopamine, a chemical that permits the body fluidity of movement. Signs of the disease include tremor or shaking, slowness of movement, rigidity or stiffness, and balance problems. It can also reveal itself in a shuffling gate, muffled speech or diction and depression.
By: Sarah Hill | September 21, 2005
Raising awareness was just as important as the $20,000 raised at the inaugural Walk-n-Roll put on by the Southern California Chapter of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy on Sunday at Johnny Carson Park. More than 200 people participated in the event by finding sponsors and bringing friends and family to complete the 5-kilometer trek around the park. "In everyone's opinion it was a huge success," said Rosie Roope, the president of the Southern California chapter of the group.
September 20, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT-MESA -- Think positive. That's Marsha Witucki's message to everyone diagnosed with breast cancer and to everyone who wants to help fight this potentially deadly disease. That attitude, she said, is part of the reason she's alive today. That same attitude is expected to draw up to 30,000 people to Fashion Island on Sunday for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure -- an annual fund-raiser for breast cancer research, treatment and screening.
By Jim Carnett | March 31, 2014
April is national Parkinson's Awareness Month. I know a bit about Parkinson's disease; we've lived together for 17 years. My father had it for nine years. I received my own diagnosis eight years ago, just before he died. I have an uncle who's exhibiting early symptoms. Parkinson's is a degenerative brain disorder with no known cure. It causes nerve cells to die or become impaired, and patients exhibit such symptoms as tremors or shaking, slowness of movement, rigidity or stiffness, loss of facial mobility, and balance difficulties.
February 14, 2002
Today is Valentine's Day. So what you say? To quote from the script of the recently released film "Moulin Rouge," written and directed by Baz Lehrman, "Love lifts you up where you belong -- all you need is love. . . ." No matter what problems you face today or any other day, remember that love is ultimately the only thing that matters. If you are lucky enough to be loved, return the emotion today in anyway that suits your heart. Gifts are meaningless compared to the exchange of love.
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