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By Joseph Serna | May 31, 2012
Decades of alcohol abuse and living on the streets took a severe toll on the body of a Newport Beach homeless man found dead earlier this year, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner report shows. Mark David Allen, 50, had an enlarged heart, liver disease and showed signs from past medical issues when he died in the early hours of Feb. 1 at 43rd Street and Seashore Drive in Newport Beach. His cause of death was listed as heart disease. "He died kind of like a 70- or 80-year-old man in his sleep, but he did it 20 or 30 years earlier because of what alcohol did to his system," said David Sperling, a custody officer with Newport Beach police who documented Allen's years of arrests and alcohol abuse.
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By Alan Blank | February 13, 2009
When 57-year-old Thomas Kiser’s wife died in his arms of a heart attack just outside of their condominium on the day after Christmas three years ago, he was stunned. They had been married for 33 years and she was only 52. Ever since then, Kiser has dyed his hair red in her memory, but also as a conversation starter. Friday morning he had it done for the third time at Paul Mitchell the School in Costa Mesa, along with about 60 others. Kiser’s wife could have quit smoking or paid more attention to her diet, he said, but neither of them knew how dangerous and prevalent heart disease was in women or how to identify the signs.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
An Irvine bicyclist who died more than a week after getting hit by a car in Newport Coast, and who underwent multiple surgeries during his recovery, died of natural causes, coroner officials said Thursday. Daniel Crain, 65, died of heart disease Sunday at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. An autopsy performed Wednesday determined that his death was unrelated to the crash, authorities said. Newport Beach police said that, on Aug. 3, Crain was steering to the far right of southbound Newport Coast Drive at the Corona del Mar (73)
NEWS
February 2, 2008
The Paul Mitchell School in Costa Mesa was awash in a sea of red Friday. Red balloons, flowers, clothing and hair were symbolic of public support for the American Heart Assn.’s National Wear Red Day. Clients dyeing and spraying their hair red, or sporting bright red polish on their fingernails, included heart attack and stroke survivors, and family members participating in memory of someone they had lost to heart disease. St. Joseph’s Hospital representatives provided free health screenings and raised public awareness about the risk factors involved with heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in America.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 17, 2014
Master of deceit, my dentist entered the examining room holding a big Zorcaine hypodermic. "Ever hear of a 'china schooner?'" Dr. L. asked. Eyes averted from the needle, I searched my deficient historical database for something I should remember from world history class. I shook my head, "no," while Dr. L gently tugged my cheek and the needle approached. "You know that our parents and grandparents had such bad dental care, they lost all their teeth," Dr. L. continued.
NEWS
July 16, 2003
John McEnary Private interment will be held for John McEnary, a longtime Orange Coast College music professor who lived in Irvine. Mr. McEnary died Sunday of cancer. He was 50. He is survived by his parents and sister. OCC's foundation has set up a John McEnary Scholarship Fund that will benefit OCC music students. Those interested in contributing can call (714) 432-5749. Dorothy Ann Spicer Mass for Costa Mesa resident Dorothy Ann Spicer will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | February 5, 2009
There were seven of them, once laid low by heart disease and stroke, but now walking tall on the runway in the Island Hotel ballroom. Wearing stylish red dresses from numerous designers, the survivors strutted their stuff Thursday in a fashion show as part of the “Go Red for Women Luncheon,” an event put on by the American Heart Assn. to raise awareness of heart disease. Throughout the day, attendees raised money for heart health, learned about healthy eating, and heard from keynote speaker and actress Cloris Leachman.
NEWS
By Amanda Pennington | February 3, 2007
COSTA MESA — Janice Shepherd celebrated her life Friday by cutting off her long ponytail and coloring her new short hairdo red at the Paul Mitchell School on Adams Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. But she really wasn't trying to make a fashion statement. About five years ago, Shepherd had a heart attack while swimming in Corona del Mar. She subsequently needed to have stents put in to allow better blood flow, which has required bypass heart surgery. Shepherd, 49, was one of about 45 people men and women who elected to dye their hair red Friday to help increase awareness for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in women, according to the American Heart Assn.
NEWS
By B.W. COOK | March 4, 2006
February was "heart healthy" month for women across America, with Valentine's Day offering a natural way for the American Heart Assn. to bring attention to the seriousness of heart disease in women. At the Paul Mitchell salon in Costa Mesa, 60 people dyed their head red to bring attention to the cause, and a major luncheon was held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort was filled to capacity, with some 500 donors gathering to hear the latest medical information on women and heart disease.
NEWS
February 13, 2003
Mary K. Swain Services for Mary K. Swain, a 30-year Newport Beach resident, have not been set. Ms. Swain died Saturday of cancer. She was 82. She is survived by stepdaughters Robin, Beth and Barbara Swain; and two grandchildren. Cleome Dovey Services for Cleome Dovey, a 40-year resident of Newport Beach, will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Mrs. Dovey died Jan. 28 of natural causes. She was 87. She is survived by sons Lee Baker and Douglas Dovey; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 17, 2014
Master of deceit, my dentist entered the examining room holding a big Zorcaine hypodermic. "Ever hear of a 'china schooner?'" Dr. L. asked. Eyes averted from the needle, I searched my deficient historical database for something I should remember from world history class. I shook my head, "no," while Dr. L gently tugged my cheek and the needle approached. "You know that our parents and grandparents had such bad dental care, they lost all their teeth," Dr. L. continued.
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By Patrice Apodaca | September 20, 2013
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, including 75,000 in Orange County. By mid-century, those numbers could nearly triple, according to current projections. That's a frightening prospect. Most of us know someone who has suffered from this cruel, heart-wrenching disease, and have witnessed firsthand how it robs its victims of their memories and reasoning capacity, erasing the very essence of self as brains literally waste away. But the scary projections are also motivating some medical researchers to work furiously to find ways to stop the disease, or at least delay its progress.
NEWS
June 6, 2013
A Newport Beach nonprofit donated $150,000 toward stem cell research that could slow or reverse heart damage in patients, including those with a specific muscular dystrophy condition, the organization announced last week. Coalition Duchenne gave the money to a Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute team developing a treatment that could help treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients who develop heart disease, according to a news release from the coalition. Boys with Duchenne are born with damage to their hearts that worsens over time, according to Dr. Ron Victor, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
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By Raquel Reyes | January 23, 2013
For 17 years of my life, my family sheltered me from the issue of smoking, since no members in my family were smokers. It wasn't until I built a relationship with a smoker that I developed a deep concern for the issue since my boyfriend, along with the majority of his friends, were already addicted to cigarettes before even reaching the legal age of 18. At the time, of course, I would have never said anything harsh or judgmental regarding smoking....
NEWS
December 6, 2012
District attorney investigators say a man who died while in Costa Mesa police custody in May 2011 succumbed to natural causes. A letter to Chief Tom Gazsi from the Orange County district attorney's office released Wednesday said investigators saw no criminal culpability in an officer's actions. George Marques, 44, of Placentia, was suspected of shoplifting sunglasses from a store in South Coast Plaza on the afternoon of May 18, 2011. Employees at Saks Fifth Avenue were able to hold Marques facedown on the ground as he tried to flee, but he kept struggling, the report states.
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By Joseph Serna | May 31, 2012
Decades of alcohol abuse and living on the streets took a severe toll on the body of a Newport Beach homeless man found dead earlier this year, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner report shows. Mark David Allen, 50, had an enlarged heart, liver disease and showed signs from past medical issues when he died in the early hours of Feb. 1 at 43rd Street and Seashore Drive in Newport Beach. His cause of death was listed as heart disease. "He died kind of like a 70- or 80-year-old man in his sleep, but he did it 20 or 30 years earlier because of what alcohol did to his system," said David Sperling, a custody officer with Newport Beach police who documented Allen's years of arrests and alcohol abuse.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Working against the clock (a.k.a. the lunch bell), senior Abby Michaelsen walked around the circle of booths with a camera crew in tow, making sure everything was ready for the hundreds of students who would soon fill up the area. Michaelsen, 18, was the catalyst behind the creation of Newport Harbor High School's Health Fair last year and oversaw her brainchild again at lunch Thursday. The Health Fair was sponsored by the school's Health and Heart Club she also founded in honor of her father, who died of a heart attack when she 9. "I thought having a health fair would be a fun way for kids to learn about being healthy," she said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
An Irvine bicyclist who died more than a week after getting hit by a car in Newport Coast, and who underwent multiple surgeries during his recovery, died of natural causes, coroner officials said Thursday. Daniel Crain, 65, died of heart disease Sunday at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. An autopsy performed Wednesday determined that his death was unrelated to the crash, authorities said. Newport Beach police said that, on Aug. 3, Crain was steering to the far right of southbound Newport Coast Drive at the Corona del Mar (73)
LOCAL
November 13, 2009
Submitted by Jayce Yamagishi Can breast cancer can be a preventable disease? Absolutely, says Kevin Morton, the founder of the Irvine-based new non-profit organization the Foundation for Breast Cancer Prevention. Morton is a former medical device inventor who is now focusing his efforts not on developing technology but on prevention. Why is breast cancer prevention so important? Morton cited the 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S., with approximately 40,480 deaths.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | February 13, 2009
When 57-year-old Thomas Kiser’s wife died in his arms of a heart attack just outside of their condominium on the day after Christmas three years ago, he was stunned. They had been married for 33 years and she was only 52. Ever since then, Kiser has dyed his hair red in her memory, but also as a conversation starter. Friday morning he had it done for the third time at Paul Mitchell the School in Costa Mesa, along with about 60 others. Kiser’s wife could have quit smoking or paid more attention to her diet, he said, but neither of them knew how dangerous and prevalent heart disease was in women or how to identify the signs.
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