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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1993
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has fired or accepted resignations from 30 workers following a sixth-month investigation into allegations of misconduct, including on-the-job use of alcohol or drugs, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. Their last day was Friday, said Laura Elek, spokeswoman at the 2,300-employee hospital. Hospital officials will not release the names or departments of those involved, but said they did not work directly with patients and that no doctors were involved.
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WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The World Health Organization declared Southeast Asia polio-free Thursday, marking a global health milestone for India, where the disease accounted for nearly half of all worldwide cases just five years ago. The announcement comes after an independent commission of public health experts determined that the 11-nation region, as defined by the WHO, has not had a confirmed polio case for the last three years.  Map: Worldwide Polio...
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SCIENCE
October 31, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Declining to have a child immunized may become more difficult for Californians in 2014. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2109, which requires parents and a licensed healthcare practitioner to sign a form before a child can be exempted from getting required vaccinations because of personal beliefs. On Wednesday, the state's Department of Public Health made the new Personal Belief Exemption form available. By completing the single-page document, a parent or guardian vouches that the the parent has received from a health practitioner information about the benefits and the risks of immunizations -- or that religious beliefs prohibit seeing an authorized practitioner.
WORLD
March 1, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced a one-month cease-fire in a move that could revive stalled peace talks with Pakistan's government. The militant group's announcement came hours after two roadside bombs killed 11 security officers and a civilian and injured five others in the Khyber Agency tribal area. The attack was aimed at a polio vaccination team, a frequent target of the Pakistani Taliban and its allies. Spokesman Shahid Ullah Shahid told reporters that the group, known by its Urdu name Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, would observe an unconditional cease-fire in the interests of the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2010 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A county audit has found that Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the county Department of Health Services overpaid workers tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses, sick pay, disability pay and overtime, and need to do more to monitor over- and underpayments. The audit, which began two years ago and was released last week, found $85,000 in overpayments: At least 15 employees were overpaid $18,500 in bonuses. Twenty-three absent employees were overpaid $9,500 in bonuses.
NEWS
August 21, 1987 | Associated Press
Federal health officials issued new AIDS protection guidelines for health care workers Thursday, warning that all patients should be treated as potentially infected. In an 18-page guide for doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, the national Centers for Disease Control said appropriate precautions, such as use of gloves, masks and goggles, should be taken any time "contact with blood or other body fluids of any patient is anticipated."
NATIONAL
February 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Florida began vaccinating public health workers against smallpox Monday, hoping to create a core group that is immune to the disease should it be used by bioterrorists. Up to 2,000 state public health employees who would respond to such emergencies will be vaccinated, state officials said. In about two weeks, the vaccine will also be offered to about 30,000 hospital workers. Smallpox vaccinations have begun in 18 states, although the number of volunteers has been fairly low.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia
A controversial poll of unionized healthcare workers in California came to a close this week, with 86% voting in favor of a single statewide long-term healthcare worker local. The vote by the Service Employees International Union asked certain members of locals 521 and 6434 as well as United Healthcare Workers West, whether they preferred to consolidate into a single healthcare union or only to consolidate the long-term workers, which include nursing home employees and home health aides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Fewer than half of 1% of health care workers mistakenly exposed to AIDS-tainted blood through cuts, needle wounds or other accidents become infected with the lethal virus, a new survey shows. The review, conducted at 335 hospitals across the United States, concludes that "the risk of HIV infection after exposure to the blood of a patient infected with HIV is low."
NEWS
April 2, 1987 | From Reuters
About 40 provincial health workers peacefully occupied the French Embassy in Bogota on Wednesday in an effort to force the Colombian government to solve a wage and labor dispute, police said. The protesters said they asked for the reinstatement of 80 government health employees recently fired, payments of five months of salary still due and an overhaul of hospital facilities.
SCIENCE
October 31, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Declining to have a child immunized may become more difficult for Californians in 2014. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2109, which requires parents and a licensed healthcare practitioner to sign a form before a child can be exempted from getting required vaccinations because of personal beliefs. On Wednesday, the state's Department of Public Health made the new Personal Belief Exemption form available. By completing the single-page document, a parent or guardian vouches that the the parent has received from a health practitioner information about the benefits and the risks of immunizations -- or that religious beliefs prohibit seeing an authorized practitioner.
WORLD
October 7, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. A policeman and a volunteer peace committee member were killed in the blast, which appeared to target police assigned to protect vaccinators shortly before they headed into nearby neighborhoods to administer the anti-polio vaccine, authorities said.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - In rural areas of India, many villagers still believe mental illness is caused by evil spirits angry that the sick person had killed a cow during a past life. So-called therapy, conducted by witch doctors or family members, can include chaining up the mentally ill, chanting spells, poking them with pins, or beating them "to force the spirits out. " "There's little awareness that it's a real illness," said Dr. Indira Sharma, Varanasi-based president of the Indian Psychiatric Society.
WORLD
February 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Nine women working to immunize children against polio were killed Friday when gunmen opened fire on them in northern Nigeria, Kano state police said. Women involved in the vaccination drive were targeted in two areas of the northern city of Kano, news reports said. Witnesses told the Associated Press that the death toll appeared to be higher than what police had reported, saying eight were killed in one attack and four were dead in another. One injured woman told Agence France-Presse that two men stormed into a clinic and started shooting, then set a curtain on fire and fled, shutting the door.
WORLD
December 18, 2012 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Five female anti-polio workers in Pakistan were slain Tuesday by gunmen on motorcycles, police said, on the second day of a three-day national immunization campaign. Four of the women were killed in Karachi, the nation's largest city, and the fifth in Peshawar. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, whose capital is Karachi, ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the port city after the shootings. Health officials said vaccinations were also halted until further notice in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is located.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
One-year-old Nelly Gomez refused to eat. Anything she swallowed, she immediately threw up. Thinking Nelly had indigestion, her parents took her to a nearby clinic in MacArthur Park. A blood test revealed a diagnosis that surprised and worried them: lead poisoning. "I didn't know what was going to happen," said her father, Nelson Gomez, an unemployed construction worker. "As her dad, I felt desperate. " Despite enormous strides over the last 20 years in protecting children from lead, which can cause irreversible nerve and brain damage, health workers still find unsafe levels in thousands of California youths every year.
NEWS
September 9, 1989 | From Reuters
Employers of the nation's 5 million health care workers would be required to offer their workers free vaccinations against hepatitis B under a new proposal, a lawyer counseling the government said Friday. The proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be discussed in public hearings starting Sept. 12 in Washington and is expected to be in force by next spring, said Frank White, a lawyer and former OSHA official.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was criticized after a social worker was fatally stabbed two years ago, has conditionally endorsed an Assembly bill designed to increase protection for mental health workers. The bill, written by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would require California's seven largest counties to submit security plans to the state but does not mandate special measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California prisons have paid doctors and mental health professionals accused of malpractice an estimated $8.7 million since 2006 to do no work at all or to perform menial chores like sorting mail, tossing out old medical supplies and reviewing inmate charts for clerical errors. At least 30 medical professionals have collected their six-figure salaries for a cumulative 37 years in a kind of employment limbo after fellow doctors decided they were too dangerous to treat inmates but before the state's lengthy discipline appeals process made a final decision on whether they should be fired, state records show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
In one of the largest expansions of health coverage to the uninsured, Los Angeles County is enrolling hundreds of thousands of residents in a publicly funded treatment program and setting the stage for the national healthcare overhaul. The county hopes to register as many as 550,000 patients and is assigning them to medical clinics for services at no cost to them. At the same time, the county is transforming its healthcare system to be less focused on acute care and more on primary care.
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