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HEALTH
May 16, 2011 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
How do I find the best nursing home for my mom? Can I fight hospital charges that seem wrong? There are so many details to keep track of when trying to get good healthcare it can be enough to make the savviest among us throw up our hands. That's the reason for this new column, Health 411. Write to us if you find yourself with some health-related head-scratcher (contact information is at the end of the article) and we'll try our best to guide you. No, we can't take on your insurance company when it's refusing to pay for a brand-name drug, and we don't "know a guy" who can go after the doctor who botched your nose job and still charged you a fortune for it. But we can talk to the experts and tell you where to go or what steps to take to get the help you need.
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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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
SCIENCE
May 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts have been trying to dispel worries stemming from a burst of online videos and blog posts in recent months that contend radiation from Fukushima is contaminating beaches and seafood and harming sea...
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.
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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