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.
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 |
A 25-year-old Modesto man has been arrested in connection with the death of his parents, whose bodies were found earlier this month in their burning home. Brandon Pettit and another man, Felix Valverde, 26, were arrested on suspicion of homicide, arson and conspiracy in the deaths of David and Janet Pettit, Modesto police said Saturday. A department news release said only that "information and evidence gathered" led to the "identification of two suspects" but declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.
December 4, 2013 |
TUCSON -- Arizona police are investigating the deaths of two skydivers who collided and then plummeted to the ground after the canopies of their parachutes collapsed. The skydivers were foreigners who were part of a group of 200 men and women who jumped Tuesday afternoon using nine planes at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, which is halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The training facility touts its drop zone as the largest in the world. Police received a report of the accident at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday.
September 3, 2013 |
At least 200,000 Americans die needlessly each year due to heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and more than half of these deaths occur in people younger than 65, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of these premature deaths could be prevented by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, keeping cholesterol levels in check and taking aspirin when recommended by a physician, public health experts said. "These findings are really striking.