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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.
August 28, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show at the HP Pavilion on Aug. 16 and 17 may have been contaminated with hepatitis A, state health officials said Monday. The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A. Though the risk appears minimal, the California Department of Public Health said that people who consumed the drinks should monitor their health.
August 8, 2011 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Several months ago I went to the emergency room for a respiratory problem. I was treated and released the same night. I was a self-pay patient. I requested the detailed billing to compare with my medical record and found several errors, including duplicated charges and overcharged items. When I discussed this with the billing department they refused to admit it. What is my next step in this situation? It's critical that you put your dispute with the hospital in writing, clarifying that your itemized bill contains items or services that have been billed in error, says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, a consumer advocacy group in Roanoke, Va. List each item you're disputing and request that the inaccurate charges be removed or that a written response with documentation to support the charges be sent to you. If you've hit a brick wall with the billing department, escalate your complaint, says Martin Rosen, an executive vice president of Health Advocate, a patient advocacy organization based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Address your letter to either the chief financial officer or chief executive officer of the hospital, or both, and indicate that you've tried and failed to settle the matter with the billing department.
April 10, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles County ranks among the worst of California's 58 counties in deaths caused by heart disease and diabetes, according to a report released this week by the California Department of Public Health. Local health officials said the poor rankings -- 46th in deaths from diabetes and 48th in deaths from coronary heart disease -- are a continued sign that obesity-related deaths are a major problem in the county.
May 5, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
State regulators determined that a Redding hospital owned by Prime Healthcare Services Inc. violated patient confidentiality by sharing a woman's medical files with journalists and sending an email about her treatment to 785 hospital workers. In a report issued this week, the California Department of Public Health found that Shasta Regional Medical Center had five deficiencies related to the unauthorized disclosure of medical information on a diabetes patient treated there in 2010.
November 5, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Federal and county authorities served a search warrant Thursday on the San Bernardino County-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and seized documents at the 456-bed hospital in Colton. FBI agents and district attorney's investigators declined to say what they took from the facility or comment on the focus of the inquiry. The investigation was coordinated by the San Bernardino County Joint Corruption Task Force, according to a statement released by San Bernardino County Dist.
October 25, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Some doctors are erroneously telling elderly patients that they cannot receive an inoculation for whooping cough, despite recommendations issued this summer by state health officials urging senior citizens to get vaccinated. David Manuel Hernandez, 43, a Chicano studies assistant professor at UCLA, said his elderly parents, who are in their early 70s, had for weeks been unable to get the vaccines from their La Mirada physician. "My wife and I just had a baby and we are so worried about this," Hernandez said.
July 25, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
The early outbreak of West Nile virus-related illnesses in California this summer has claimed a second life, that of an 85-year-old man from Kern County, officials said Tuesday. Officials with the California Department of Public Health said 36 people in the state had been reported to have West Nile-related illnesses this year, compared with 16 cases by this time in 2006.
November 1, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Two days after the California Department of Public Health released its new form requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from required vaccinations to speak with a doctor, an association of public health officers is voicing concern over an option on the form that allows parents to easily bypass the requirement. A box parents can check allows them to skip talking to their doctor if they vouch that they're "a member of a religion that prohibits me from seeking medical advice or treatment from authorized healthcare practitioners.
August 3, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
The California Department of Public Health has announced the state's first fatality of the year due to West Nile Virus. An 88-year-old woman from Kern County died after being infected by the virus, which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. “This unfortunate death reminds us that we must protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne infections,” Dr. Ron Chapman, the department's director, said Friday in a statement from the agency.
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