April 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
August 7, 2013 |
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.
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January 9, 2014 |
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.
May 24, 2012 |
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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October 29, 2009 |
A doctor charged with assault for allegedly slamming on his car brakes in front of two cyclists in Brentwood testified Wednesday that he never intended to hurt anyone but stopped his vehicle to photograph riders who were cycling dangerously. Christopher Thompson, a veteran emergency room physician, said a group of cyclists flipped him off and yelled profanities when he overtook them last year as they rode three abreast down Mandeville Canyon Road, a narrow residential street that is popular with bike riders.
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May 1, 2013 |
A Los Angeles police homicide detective testified Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor had a two-minute telephone conversation with his girlfriend while he was riding in the ambulance transporting the singer's body to the hospital. Testifying in the lawsuit Jackson's mother and children have brought against entertainment giant AEG, Det. Orlando Martinez said the call to Nicole Alvarez lasted 133 seconds. Testimony for the day ended just as Martinez appeared about to detail what Murray and his girlfriend were discussing.
February 1, 2013
Though few patients realize it, many doctors receive thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies for each patient enrolled in an experimental drug trial. The medication might be the best thing for the patient's condition. The doctor's motives might be pure. But patients should be able to find out about such payments so they can discuss them with their doctors and decide for themselves whether the doctor's participation in an experiment might compromise his medical advice.
July 25, 2013 |
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.