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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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."
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
February 23, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
A small number of children in California have come down with polio-like illnesses since 2012 -- suffering paralysis in one or more limbs and other symptoms -- and physicians and public health officials do not yet know why. A virus may play a role, said Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, which are occurring sporadically throughout the state. The afflicted kids suffer severe weakness or paralysis, which strikes rapidly -- sometimes after a mild respiratory illness. Scans of the patients' spinal cords show patterns of damage similar to that found in polio sufferers , Glaser said. Two of the affected children tested positive for enterovirus-68, a virus that is usually associated with respiratory illness but which has been linked to polio-like illnesses as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO - A mosquito that can carry dengue and yellow fever has been found in California, prompting intense eradication efforts in the Central Valley and warnings from officials about how to keep the pest from spreading. "It could change the way we live in California, if we don't stop it," said Tim Phillips of the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Imagine not feeling safe to sit out in your backyard in the afternoons. " The yellow fever mosquito, or Aedes aegypti - a white polka-dotted bug that bites during the day and can lay its eggs in less than a teaspoon of water - was first detected in June in Madera.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Hospital owner Pacific Health Corp. said it will close its three remaining Southern California hospitals, citing the fallout from a federal fraud case last year in which the company admitted paying to recruit homeless people off skid row in Los Angeles and billing the government for unnecessary care. The Tustin company said the three hospitals shutting down are Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Bellflower Medical Center and Newport Specialty Hospital. Last week, Pacific Health announced the closure of Anaheim General Hospital.
SCIENCE
March 3, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Wait three days after it rains before going into the ocean. It's a warning that public health officials issued to beachgoers this week, as they do after any significant storm in California. But a study released Monday is raising questions about whether that three-day waiting period is enough to protect people who swim, surf and play in the ocean from pathogens in storm runoff that can make them ill. "To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall," said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay , an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
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.
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