October 3, 2013 |
Several days into enrollment, California's insurance exchange still has no answers for people wanting to know if their doctors are included in health plans being sold on the state-run market. Covered California, the state's new insurance marketplace, said Thursday that its online search tool for doctors and hospitals won't be ready until Monday at the earliest. The exchange touted the feature when enrollment began Tuesday, but it has run into repeated delays amid other computer problems that have bogged down enrollment.
October 2, 2013 |
Even in these halcyon days of television excellence, not every niche network can afford to launch a prestige drama all on its own. But the Joneses must be kept up with somehow, and what better way than with a BBC import starring "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm and "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe? At least that's what the folks at the art 'n' culture network Ovation are counting on. And it's definitely not a case of brand distortion. "A Young Doctor's Notebook," which premieres Wednesday, is based on an autobiographical short-story collection by Russian physician turned novelist and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
October 1, 2013 |
For those who tune in to the British miniseries "A Young Doctor's Notebook," you won't see just a different Jon Hamm. You'll hear a different Jon Hamm - one with a British accent. So the 42-year-old actor offers this self-effacing warning ahead of its Wednesday rollout on the Ovation network: "Well, I tried. " "I've been a bit of an Anglophile my whole life," he added during a recent Q&A with reporters. "It is very daunting to walk into a room full of English people as the only American and attempt to do that....
September 30, 2013 |
S.G.'s friend, a doctor, recently received an overture from something called "Leading Physicians of the World," a directory of, well, leading physicians of the world. S.G. wants to know: Who are these guys? These guys are basically purveyors of vanity publishing, but with a twist. There's apparently no fee to get into the directory. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions "Leading Physicians of the World" says that doctors are invited to join the ranks of the elite only after the organizaton's researchers have conducted a thorough investigation.
September 26, 2013 |
Pau Gasol has returned to Los Angeles after spending the summer in his native Spain. The veteran forward/center has been sidelined since May, recovering from procedures to alleviate tendinosis in both knees. Just recently he resumed basketball activities after a lengthy period just on the treadmill, in the weight room or pool. Gasol visited with Dr. Steve Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Thursday for a checkup. Good morning from LA! This morning I will visit Dr. Yoon and he will check how my patellar tendons are. I will update you later!
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September 25, 2013 |
When a woman began choking at a restaurant and the Heimlich maneuver failed, doctors who were dining nearby performed an emergency tracheotomy with a pocket knife, using a pen as a breathing tube. The dramatic save unfolded Monday night at the Mark, a restaurant in Bakersfield, when Pauline Larwood, a former Kern County supervisor who serves as a community college trustee, started choking on a piece of meat, the Bakersfield Californian reported. Working in Larwood's favor: She was at a symposium on valley fever and surrounded by accomplished physicians from throughout the nation.
September 23, 2013 |
So-called concierge medicine - doctors asking their patients to pay an extra fee just to remain under their care - has been around for a while. It's an offensive idea, but I get it, especially when it comes to family practitioners who look after a patient's general well-being. The medical marketplace has room for both Corollas and Cadillacs. Yet when it comes to medical specialists, such as cardiologists, things seem different. "You never know when you'll need to reach your cardiologist," said Mike Oppenheim, 73, who was diagnosed as having a faulty heart valve several years ago. He'll need surgery at some point to fix it. "I have a really good cardiologist at Pacific Heart Institute in Santa Monica," Oppenheim told me. "I'm getting the best care possible.
September 19, 2013 |
When Stephen King published his third novel, "The Shining," in 1977, he was a writer with a lot on his mind. Initially, he told The Times in 1998, he conceived of the book as "a Shakespearean tragedy, a kind of inside-out 'King Lear,' where Lear is this young guy who has a son instead of daughters. " He even went so far as to divide the first draft into acts and scenes. Make of this what you will, but it suggests that King has always had more at stake than merely to frighten us, that he wants to get at the big themes: love, loss, loyalty, what happens between parents and their kids.
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September 19, 2013 |
A close friend and doctor who treated Michael Jackson for more than 25 years testified Thursday that the desperate singer asked him for an anesthetic to combat his insomnia a little more than two months before his death. Dr. Allen Metzger, who had accompanied Jackson on a tour of Australia in the 1990s, said Jackson seemed more stressed than usual when he made a house call to the singer's rented Holmby Hills mansion. “The stress of rehearsing, and 'Can I do 50 shows?' was really weighing heavily on him,” said Metzger, who is expected to be one of the final witnesses in the five-month wrongful-death trial.
September 18, 2013 |
Basil Fawlty is coming to Hulu. The online digital platform has has acquired streaming rights to popular BBC programs, including "Doctor Who," "Top Gear," and comedy classics such as "Fawlty Towers. " On Wednesday, BBC Worldwide North America and Hulu said they had entered into a non-exclusive, multiyear pact that will add titles from the BBC Worldwide library to Hulu's monthly subscription service, Hulu Plus, in the U.S. Hulu said it would make the "Doctor Who" series, and its spinoffs including "Torchwood," immediately available.