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December 19, 2009
'Doctor Who' Where: BBC America When: 6 and 9 tonight Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
April 22, 2011
Doctor Who infobox 4/23/11 'Doctor Who' Where: BBC America When: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
April 24, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul's leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan. The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes in surgery and maternal and child health and treats 37,000 patients annually, the vast majority of them Afghans. The facility is run by Cure, a Christian medical charity that runs hospitals and health programs in 29 countries.
February 17, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson suffered "migraine aura" when she began speaking what appeared to be gibberish during a live report following the Grammys on Sunday evening, Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program, said in an interview Thursday. Some previous reports had indicated she was suffering from "complicated migraine" or "complex migraine. " Those are really laymen's terms that have fallen out of favor with physicians, Charles said.
April 4, 2010 | By Stephen Hudak
A Florida doctor who considers the national healthcare overhaul bad medicine has posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Obama to seek care elsewhere. "I'm not turning anybody away -- that would be unethical," said Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it." The sign says: "If you voted for Obama . . . seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
January 19, 2014
Re “She's a mother hen to Ducks,” Column One, Jan. 14 Having to suddenly deal with grievous injuries such as shattered mouths and deep facial lacerations understandably causes Dr. Bao-Thy Grant some anxiety, but after reading Times staff writer David Wharton's article, it's crystal clear that Grant is just as tough as the National Hockey League players she treats. I very much enjoyed your behind-the-scenes feature about this oral surgeon for the Ducks hockey team. Steve Carey Burbank More letters to the editor ...  
April 18, 2011 | By Rahul Parikh, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Consider the following story, from a doctor during his training: During a night on call, a patient he was "cross covering" — caring for during the night shift — went into cardiac and respiratory arrest. Dutifully, the resident and his team began to resuscitate the patient. They performed CPR for well over a minute. Then, suddenly, they stopped — and not because the patient was beyond saving. Another team member had reviewed the patient's chart and learned he was not a "full code.
March 9, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
After experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat on Thursday night, Kenley Jansen left the Dodgers' spring-training complex to visit a doctor this morning. Jansen is expected to return to Camelback Ranch later today. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with heart problems. He was hospitalized for a week with an irregular heart beat and was placed on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. Jansen averaged 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last season, setting an all-time major-league record.
June 27, 2011 | By Steve Dudley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I've begun seeing a new patient, a retired delivery driver named Donald. Nice guy, friendly and chatty, and a little mystified as he tries to navigate his way through the constantly changing world of healthcare. He had been my patient many years ago, but we parted ways when I left that office. Donald tracked me down because his former doctor had switched to a concierge-style practice. Concierge medicine — you may have heard of it — is gaining in popularity. Patients pay a monthly fee directly to the doctor, on top of their regular health insurance premiums and co-pays, to secure better access to the physician.
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
As in many a thriller, the helpful stranger in "The German Doctor" turns out to be a monster. In this case, he's no run-of-the-mill sadist but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death, and he finds prime subjects for experimentation in an Argentine family. The drama by Lucía Puenzo, adapting her novel "Wakolda," is a credible imagining of a brief period in Mengele's South American exile. The what-if conceit is intriguing enough not to be undone by increasingly heavy-handed symbolism.
April 22, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the well-known medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. The settlement reached Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court came just before closing arguments were due to begin in a whistleblower-retaliation case brought by Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, a surgeon who was recruited to UCLA in 2009 to run the orthopedic surgery department.
April 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two Texas doctors who had been performing abortions for more than three decades lost their legal ability to do so at the end of March when their new hospital revoked their privileges. This week, a judge temporarily reinstated their positions. But the doctors face an April 30 court hearing to see if that temporary order will remain in place. The abortion case, like many others in Texas at the moment, was sparked by legislation passed last year that placed significant limits on who can perform abortions and where.
April 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks for the last 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating - and pointless - as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. "There seemed to be no question that her pain and numbness was caused by her carrying this excessive weight," Corwin told me. "It seemed like a straightforward diagnosis.
April 14, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
In so many ways, the paths of Dr. A. Richard Grossman and firefighters crossed. When firefighters pulled badly burned people out of the flames, they took them straight to Grossman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients. When the firefighters themselves were burned on the job, they went to him too. On Sunday, hundreds of uniformed firefighters, nurses and former patients gathered beneath the burning flame of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood to honor the doctor's life.
April 14, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Standing at the lectern, Mindy Corporon calmly spoke about love in the face of hatred, describing how two people so central to her life - her father and her son - were shot to death by a gunman who police say is a white supremacist bent on violence. Her voice steady, she described arriving Sunday afternoon moments after the attacker, whom police identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, opened fire in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center here, a shooting rampage that took the lives of three people, including a woman outside a nearby Jewish senior center.
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The buildup to the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" on Nov. 23 continued on Thursday with a special surprise for longtime fans of the Doctor. The BBC posted a new six-minute minisode titled "The Night of the Doctor" that fills in a vital bit of the Doctor's history. Back in 1996, Paul McGann played the Doctor in a one-shot TV movie that attempted to revive the "Doctor Who" franchise after a seven-year absence from TV screens. The film turned out to be McGann's only spin in the role before the series was revived more successfully in 2005.
April 25, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Did you hear that a doctor has found the G spot?  Turns out it's in Poland. OK, wait, that's not quite right:  It's the doctor who was in Poland.  The G spot is where it's always been -- meaning, somewhere men can't find it. (Honestly, this is why I don't believe in intelligent design.  Would any intelligent designer put something so important in such a hard-to-find location?) Anyway, The Times' Melissa Healy reported Wednesday on Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, a “semi-retired Florida doctor [who]
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April 5, had a heart attack, family members said in an announcement. Farthing was chief of medicine for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 1994 to 2007. He was planning to return to the foundation in June as director of treatment programs in the 32 countries outside the U.S. where it provides services.
April 13, 2014
Re "How Medicare pays MDs," Editorial, April 10 It's wrong to blame physicians for Medicare's fiscal woes. Doing away with fee-for-service as a way to "reward quality and efficiency" is unworkable. The federal government could never figure that out. The small, shriveled carrot it would offer as the "reward" would be an insult to the medical profession. Medicare's problems, as evidenced by the testimony of physicians fingered in the recent revelations, have to do with outrageous drug, laboratory and facility charges.
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