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HEALTH
August 10, 2009 | Julie Deardorff
As a registered dietitian, Sharon Salomon of Phoenix teaches clients how to eat right and lose weight. But despite her expertise, Salomon says there's just one word to describe her own physique: "fat." To some, Salomon's 5-foot-2, 170-pound body would be a professional deal-breaker. After all, are chubby dietitians or portly physicians in any position to advise others how to get healthy? That question is at the heart of a debate set off when Dr. Regina Benjamin was nominated for surgeon general.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross has reached a confidential settlement with a Porter Ranch doctor who had already won $3.8 million in compensatory damages from the company at a trial this week. The agreement reached late Thursday keeps a Los Angeles jury from levying additional punitive damages against the company Friday, when the trial was scheduled to resume. The 12-person panel ruled Monday that Anthem had improperly barred Jeffrey Nordella, an urgent-care and family-practice doctor, from the company's preferred-provider network in 2010.
NATIONAL
February 29, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Federal law enforcement officials announced charges in the largest healthcare fraud scam in the nation's history, indicting a Dallas-area physician for purportedly bilking Medicare of nearly $375 million after he reportedly sent out "recruiters" to round up patients and get them to sign for treatments he never provided. The Medicare billings piled up by Dr. Jacques Roy grew so large over the last five years that the situation left outside experts wondering Tuesday why it took prosecutors so long to notice.
NEWS
February 17, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
[Updated, 8:02 p.m. Feb. 17: This post, based on information supplied by a UCLA publicist, said Dr. Neil Martin diagnosed Serene Branson with "complex migraine. " UCLA has since said that Martin and Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA's Headache Research and Treatment Program, diagnosed Branson with "migraine aura. " Click here for the latest on the story, including an interview with Dr. Charles.] This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
WORLD
February 14, 2010
During a visit to the Tehran military courthouse one day last fall, Hossein and Hamid spotted the doctor. Memories from their five days at Kahrizak prison came flooding back. Prisoners seeking help were handed a few aspirin and told to go away. When they asked for bandages, the doctor struck some lightly with a club. One inmate had been beaten so badly on his feet that his toes were swollen and infected and he couldn't walk properly. He arranged for an appointment with the doctor, who told him, "Get lost before I beat you up," according to Hossein, who said he didn't even bother asking for help for his own injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
The undercover sheriff's deputy pretending to be a patient in pain presented a Glendora physician with an X-ray to accompany her tale of an injured back and neck. The only problem was the X-ray revealed a "tail" of a different kind - one belonging to a dog. Though the X-ray for a German shepherd had the dog's name, Recon, and the name of an animal hospital printed on it, the doctor wrote the deputy a prescription for a powerful narcotic painkiller and a muscle relaxant, law enforcement officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August. BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports).  It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Scott Glover
A Santa Barbara doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers and other potent narcotics to patients who had no legitimate medical need pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug dealing charges. Julio Diaz, 65, had been awaiting trial when he pleaded guilty to 11 counts of drug dealing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Diaz was taken into custody after entering the plea, said Asst. U.S. Atty. Ann Luotto Wolf. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June. The doctor's attorney, Michael Guisti, declined comment.
NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In response to the conviction in a Pakistani court of the doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to cut aid to Pakistanby by $1 million for every year of the doctor's sentence. Shakeel Afridi, the doctor who sought to collect DNA to help verify for the CIA that bin Laden was at a compound in Abbottabad, was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. The committee agreed by a vote of 30-0 to cut $33 million in aid to Pakistan, according to the Associated Press.
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