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August 8, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
William Wells arrived at the emergency room at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach on April 9 mortally wounded. The 60-year-old had been stabbed more than a dozen times by a fellow nursing home resident, his throat slashed so savagely he was almost decapitated. Instead of focusing on treating him, an employee said, St. Mary nurses and other hospital staff did the unthinkable: They snapped photos of the dying man and posted them on Facebook. Four staff members were fired and three disciplined, according to a St. Mary spokeswoman.
July 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Friday not to eat a certain type of candy imported from Mexico because it contains "high levels of lead" that could cause health problems, particularly in pregnant women and young children. The warning pertains to De La Rosa Pulparindo candy, a tamarind-flavored sweet. It is packaged in bright red 10-ounce boxes containing individually wrapped pieces of about half an ounce each.
May 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Catholic hospital is suspending open-heart surgeries while the state investigates a rash of postoperative infections, officials said. The California Department of Public Health has recommended that Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno stop performing the surgeries. Last year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked into bacterial infections that sickened at least a dozen Saint Agnes heart surgery patients and may have contributed to two deaths. A hospital spokeswoman said the new infections happened in the first three months of this year.
February 14, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
California's public health agency is reporting an additional 41 confirmed influenza deaths in people under age 65, bringing this flu season's total to 243. But the California Department of Public Health also said Friday that weekly flu deaths , as well as hospitalizations and doctor visits among people with flu-like illness, were declining -- with hospitalizations now occurring within expected levels for this point in the season. “The downward trend in the number of influenza cases is a good sign, but the season is far from over,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the department, said in a statement.
June 10, 2008 | Monte Morin
Health officials have collected mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Hemet and Murrieta, and in the Lake Skinner and Nuevo areas -- the second time infected mosquitoes have been found this year in Riverside County, according to health officials. The mosquitoes were found during routine surveillance by the county Department of Environmental Health's vector-control staff. The California Department of Public Health confirmed the presence of the virus Friday. No cases of West Nile virus among humans have been reported in 2008.
October 30, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Lin is a Times staff writer.
The number of patients whose hospital records were improperly accessed by employees at the UCLA Hospital System has topped 1,000, state officials said Wednesday. Kathleen Billingsley, director of the California Department of Public Health's Center for Healthcare Quality, said the records of 1,041 patients have been breached, up from 939 in the state's last report in August.
December 11, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.  Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, now must be held for at least 30 days before they can be shipped to food distributors and wholesalers, the company confirmed...
May 22, 2010 | By Shari Roan and Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
After a difficult pregnancy, weeks of bed rest and an emergency cesarean section, Liz Logelin got only a quick peek at her daughter before the newborn, healthy but premature, was whisked away to the neonatal unit. The next day, a nurse arrived with a wheelchair to take the first-time mother to see her baby. With husband Matt by her side, Logelin rose, took a few steps, said, "I feel light-headed," and died. She was 30. "She never got to hold her baby," said Matt Logelin, who lives in Los Angeles with the couple's daughter Madeline, now 2. "That is one of the hardest things for me."
July 27, 2007
Re "West Nile virus claims Kern County man, 85," July 25 The Times reports on the increase in West Nile virus cases being "blamed on hot weather and untended pools at foreclosed homes," and on officials from the California Department of Public Health urging precautions to protect ourselves from mosquitoes. There's not much we can do about the weather, but why aren't the lenders for those foreclosed homes being held responsible for seeing that those abandoned pools are properly cared for?
August 8, 2009 | Associated Press
VISALIA -- Health officials in California and Colorado say at least nine people have reported illnesses tied to recalled ground beef that may be tainted with salmonella. On Thursday, Fresno-based Beef Packers Inc. recalled 825,769 pounds of ground beef produced June 5-23. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the beef was distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said Friday two people have reported feeling ill in Tulare County and three in Orange County.
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