CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2010 |
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services released files on 20 previously undisclosed cases of children who died of maltreatment after being under the department's scrutiny. Other cases still unreported by the department have been confirmed by The Times. Among the cases: On April 26, 2010, a 4-month-old girl died southwest of downtown Los Angeles when her mother rolled on top of her, according to county records. Her mother had a history of methamphetamine use and had been reported to Family Services nine times.
April 6, 2009 |
When it comes to a higher body count, triathlons beat marathons. Not that competitors are dropping like flies, but in a study presented recently at the American College of Cardiology's annual scientific session in Orlando, sudden deaths in triathlons were found to be about twice as high as in marathons: 1.5 per 100,000 versus 0.8 per 100,000. Previous research on marathon deaths had been established, but statistics on sudden deaths in triathlons were not known.
January 10, 2013
Re "Addressing an epidemic of Rx deaths," Editorial, Jan. 7 The Times' news articles and editorial on California's prescription drug monitoring program (CURES) demonstrates the importance of this public health tool. As an emergency physician, I frequently use CURES when evaluating patients. It saves lives, decreases addiction, eliminates unnecessary prescription costs and decreases society's costs resulting from overdoses. Unfortunately, the funding for CURES expired Dec. 31. A reliable funding mechanism is needed immediately.
June 18, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating the unexplained deaths of two patients in the wake of receiving intramuscular injections of the antipsychotic medication Zyprexa (generic name olanzapine). The patients died three to four days after receiving appropriate doses of Zyprexa Relprevv, which is designed to release slowly into the blood over two to four weeks and provide regular dosing for adults with schizophrenia. The FDA says the deaths occurred well after the three-to-four-hour window following injection during which patients should be monitored in a physician's office for a potentially deadly complication called post-injection delirium sedation syndrome (PDSS)
April 28, 2012 |
Remains found in a southern Indiana man's backyard were identified Saturday as those of a woman missing for more than a month. The man is already a suspect in two other women's deaths. Stephanie Marie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, Ind., was last seen March 25 when she said she was going to meet a man at a bar. Her disappearance sparked a two-day search of the Ohio River, the Jeffersonville (Ind.) News and Tribune reported . That search had recently been called off. Kirk's remains were found Friday evening in the backyard of William “Clyde” Gibson's home in New Albany, according to the Associated Press.
November 16, 2012 |
The Food and Drug Administrationon Friday posted additional adverse event reports connecting two more energy drinks to 53 illnesses, five deaths and two chronic disabilities. The new information comes on the heels of an FDA announcement linking the extremely popular 5-Hour Energy shots to 92 sicknesses and 13 deaths. The latest reports do not prove that the drinks -- Monster Energy and Rockstar Energy -- caused the illnesses or deaths, but rather register the fact that a doctor, family member, or patient believes the product might have played a role.