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July 31, 2013 |
Consumer Reports issued a new ratings guide Wednesday showing how hospitals across California and the U.S. do in caring for patients during and after surgeries. Two Los Angeles area hospitals - Centinela Hospital Medical Center and St. John's Health - earned the highest rating overall. Citrus Valley Medical Center's Inter-Community Campus, Huntington Memorial Hospital and Northridge Hospital Medical Center-Roscoe Boulevard Campus earned the lowest. The ratings of nearly 2,500 hospitals are based on an analysis of Medicare billing claims from 2009 to 2011.
July 2, 2013 |
Legendary racer and IndyCar team owner A.J. Foyt is recovering in a Houston hospital from hip-replacement surgery on his left hip, Foyt's team said Tuesday. The 78-year-old Foyt had the operation Monday after falling while working on his Texas ranch in early June. He's expected to remain in the hospital for several days and will miss the next Izod IndyCar Series race Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, but he's expected to make a full recovery, his team said. "I'm sore but nothing like I was before the surgery," Foyt said in a statement.
March 8, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury said healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson was negligent by selling a defective artificial hip and ordered the company to pay a retired prison guard $8.3 million in damages for his injuries. But in a victory for the company, the 12-member jury declined to award any punitive damages even though the patient's lawyer told jurors J&J's actions warranted up to $179 million in damages. Friday's verdict marks the first in more than 10,000 similar suits filed against the world's biggest medical-products maker over this all-metal hip introduced in 2005 by DePuy, the orthopedic division of J&J. At the five-week trial, Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard in Montana, testified that he suffered metal poisoning and other health problems from the company's ASR XL hip implant he received in 2007.
December 13, 2012 |
Rita Corwin, 90, conscientiously paid her premiums for long-term care insurance for 21 years to make sure that if she needed help as she grew older and more fragile, she'd get it. Yet now that she finds herself in a position to require such assistance, her insurer, Washington National Insurance Co., is denying her claims. "She bought this insurance for the same reason anyone would," said Corwin's daughter, Leni, who has been representing her mother in their dealings with the company.
July 25, 2012 |
Patients with osteoarthritis are vulnerable to hip and knee pain due to the wearing away of the joint's cartilage lining. One solution is to surgically replace the faulty joints. A total of 1.8 million total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries are performed worldwide each year. The surgeries are straightforward and patients are often released from the hospital within three days. But a new study finds that patients who have their hips and knees replaced have a dramatically increased risk of suffering a heart attack in the first weeks after their surgeries.
July 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Sandwich, England — The record shows that Phil Mickelson has played in 17 British Opens, with one top-10 finish. In Mickelson's eyes, though, this week is his first experience. "I'm trying to pretend like it's my first time here," he said, "and appreciate playing the ball on the ground on [windy] days like this and appreciate being able to play some through the air when the wind is a little bit calmer. " The British Open has long been considered Mickelson's toughest major because it negates the strength of his game — a short game largely built on soft-dropping wedges that stop quickly or spin back into birdie range.