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May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that problems with drugs for attention deficit disorders drive nearly 3,100 people to emergency rooms each year. Nearly two-thirds -- overdoses and accidental use -- could be prevented by parents locking the pills away, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
January 6, 2006 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Prolonged tailgate partying at the Rose Bowl game led to a higher number of arrests and medical calls than in past years, Pasadena authorities said Thursday. More than 200 paramedic requests were logged before or during Wednesday's game. Police made 36 arrests, primarily for public drunkenness. "Typically we have a parade and then the game," said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department, referring to the traditional New Year's Day pairing of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.
October 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
The call comes in at 11:18 in the morning. Possible overdose on skid row, just half a block from one of the busiest firehouses in the United States. Firefighter-paramedic Dave Chavez, 42, grabs a blank incident report and marches toward his Rescue 9 ambulance with partner Juan Penuelas. At 11:20, they pull out of the station, and Chavez is taking in the devastation on San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles.
September 26, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
A nail-biter of a baseball game might be all it takes to cure minor ills, at least temporarily. New research shows that visits to the emergency room plunge during key games. "We saw amazing drops in visitation to ER departments in Boston when the games were really important, like Game 7 [of the American League Championship with the Red Sox] against the Yankees," says John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School who led the study with colleague Ben Reis.
September 22, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly two months after Downey Regional Medical Center announced that it might close its emergency room because of the rising costs of caring for uninsured patients, hospital officials said Wednesday that they might keep the doors open after all. The private nonprofit facility has been losing money -- especially since its agreement with Medi-Cal, the government health program for the poor, ended more than a year ago.
August 26, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
The victim of an execution-style gang shooting in Hyde Park was dead when paramedics declared him beyond resuscitation and covered him with a sheet, and any movement after that was involuntary, fire officials said Thursday. An angry crowd had demanded after the Wednesday night shooting that paramedics remove the sheet and attempt to revive Nahun Beaird, 21, after onlookers said they saw him move.
June 8, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Last Christmas, a 5-year-old girl was shot in the chest during drive-by shooting in front of her house in West Covina. She needed the specialized care of a trauma center. But there is only one such unit in the San Gabriel Valley, and it could not accept the girl. Worried that summoning an emergency helicopter for a ride to a trauma center in Los Angeles would take too much time, police officers carried her to their cruiser and drove her to the nearest hospital.
April 15, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
The number of uninsured patients visiting private emergency rooms jumped by a third in the last five years as overcrowded public hospitals turned away patients, according to a newly released study. The report is the first to quantify how many uninsured patients have turned to private hospitals, a trend that hospital officials say is largely responsible for the closure of nine hospitals and emergency rooms across Los Angeles County in the last few years.
March 28, 2005 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
Stroke patients throughout Los Angeles County who dial 911 are becoming part of a first-of-its-kind study designed to determine whether a low-cost, common mineral can protect the brain from damage. Los Angeles County paramedics in mid-January started screening patients for participation in the planned three-year study, which would allow emergency personnel to administer a specially prescribed solution to patients being transported to any hospital in the county for further treatment.
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