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SCIENCE
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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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?
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2009 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
For parents worried about a child sick with the flu, deciding when to head to the emergency room can be difficult. Unlike the typical seasonal flu, which is generally most dangerous to infants and the elderly, the H1N1 strain has hit children, teenagers and young adults unusually hard and with little warning. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated earlier this month that more children have died from the H1N1 flu than people over 65, about 540 children as of mid-October compared to 440 seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
September 23, 2010
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial disease that infects the respiratory system. It is most dangerous to infants, particularly those who are too young to be vaccinated. Symptoms: Children and adults suffer from severe coughing, followed by the "whoop" sound made when the person inhales at the end of a coughing spasm. Young infants suffer a runny nose and slight cough but may not make the telltale "whoop" sound. Adults can also experience sweating episodes, severe coughing that worsens at night and a sense of choking.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious - giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye - and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy. Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this "breach of professionalism regrettably did occur" and those involved "demonstrated poor judgment" while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.
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