January 30, 2014 |
Doctors have begun trying to bring Michael Schumacher out of a medically induced coma that the Formula One legend has been in since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident a month ago. "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process which may take a long time," the Associated Press reported Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, as saying in a statement. Kehm said she was providing the update only to clarify recent media reports about Schumacher's condition and that no further details would be announced, the AP reported.
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January 25, 2014 |
A 61-year-old Valley Center man accused of being a "fake doctor" pleaded not guilty Friday in San Diego to charges of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft. Robert Oldham Young is accused of giving intravenous treatments to patients housed at his avocado ranch in northern San Diego County. A co-defendant, Rocio "Rosie" Placensia, 32, also of Valley Center, is set to be arraigned next week. "Offering intravenous medical treatments in an unlicensed facility not equipped to handle terminally ill patients creates a public health risk," said Dist.
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 ...
January 19, 2014 |
Despite a mixed performance in 2013, the Southern California office market improved slightly overall as the year finished with small increases in occupancy and rents. The ever-popular Westside continued to lead the way as active leasing helped landlords fill empty space in their buildings and ratchet up rents. Orange County also held on to its upward trajectory. "Things are getting better, little by little," said Petra Durnin, director of research in the West for real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
January 19, 2014 |
Aja Riggs, 50, thought a lot about dying after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She endured surgery in October 2011, then underwent aggressive chemotherapy that made her feel as if her skin was burning. She was constantly tired. Then doctors found a second tumor, which they treated with two different types of radiation. "It was a pretty darn rough winter, actually," said Riggs of Santa Fe, N.M. "I thought to myself, I don't know if I want to go all the way to the end with a death from cancer.
January 18, 2014 |
The NBA's top players can be divided into three categories at next month's All-Star game: The West, the East and the creased. Several stars will be wearing freshly pressed suits as the result of injuries that have seemingly left no roster untouched. Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Al Horford have been sidelined for the rest of the season, and Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant all hope to return within the next month. Dr. Riley J. Williams III, medical director for the Brooklyn Nets and sports medicine surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (not to mention a lifelong Lakers fan who played football at Loyola High in Los Angeles)
January 16, 2014 |
Doctors are optimistic about the two students wounded in this week's shooting at a Roswell middle school, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday. She traveled Wednesday night to the Lubbock, Texas, medical center where the children are being treated, her spokesman said. Martinez told reporters Thursday that the injured boy, Nathaniel Tavarez, 12, remained in critical condition. One of the pellets from the shotgun blast that hit the students nicked Nathaniel's heart, she said.
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January 15, 2014 |
An updated national report on U.S. emergency medical care has again awarded California an “F” for lacking access to speedy treatment, noting that the state has the lowest number of hospital emergency rooms per capita - 6.7 per 1 million people - in the nation. The America's Emergency Care Environment report card, which gauges how well states support emergency care, was released Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians, an advocacy group. Tracking 136 measures from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the organization called overcrowding in California emergency wards a “critical problem” and urged the state to increase its healthcare workforce and beef up a variety of facilities to reduce high wait-times for emergency services.
January 15, 2014 |
The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to stop giving patients high-dose acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the popular pain-reliever Tylenol. Pills, capsules, tablets, syrups and other formulations that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen have not been shown to reduce pain better than lower doses of the medication; however, such high levels of the drug can cause liver damage, the FDA explained in a recommendation issued Tuesday.
January 10, 2014 |
Two NFL players violated league protocol on dealing with concussions in last weekend's wild-card playoff games, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The document was a letter sent by the chairmen of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee to all team doctors and trainers. In the letter, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen say one player re-entered a game after suffering a possible concussion and another refused to leave the sideline. Although the letter doesn't identify the players, the AP said they were Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari and New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis.