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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The San Francisco hospital where a patient disappeared last year, only to be found dead 17 days later in a exterior stairwell, should share in the blame with the sheriff's department for "systemic" failures that led to the death, according to new report. Lynne Spalding Ford, 57, disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital room Sept. 21 and apparently exited a door to the rarely used stairwell. Spalding Ford -- a vivacious British-born mother of two -- was wearing her street clothes and still had electrocardiogram pads on her torso and intravenous access lines in her arms when she went missing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The search is on for a mountain lion that apparently mauled a homeless man in Perris over the weekend in what wildlife officials described as a "very, very rare" attack on a human. The 50-year-old man was taken to the hospital about 8 a.m. Saturday with major puncture wounds, cuts and bite marks at the base of his skull - injuries that were described as being consistent with a mountain lion attack. "We're pretty confident in our assessment of the animal that attacked him is a lion.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit Saturday, his law firm said. Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an ambulance after returning to Chicago on Friday evening from a business trip to Arizona, according to a statement released by his spokesman and law firm. His father died of a heart attack at age 74, and the former mayor has been hospitalized at least two times since 2000. His family is visiting him between tests at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Daley spokesman Rick Jasculca said in the statement.
SCIENCE
January 27, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Twenty children or adolescents were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries every day in 2009, and 453 died of their wounds, a new report says. The study provides one of the most comprehensive recent efforts to tally the number of children hurt nationally in gun-related incidents. It was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. A national database of patients younger than 20 who were admitted to hospitals in 2009 shows that boys represented nearly 90% of the total, and that the rate of gunshot-related hospitalizations for African American males was 10 times that of white males.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2014 | The Los Angeles Times
A Texas hospital today removed a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support and was expected to give the body to her family, attorneys for her husband said. Marlise Muñoz, 33, had been on life support for about two months at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after falling unconscious in her home in November with a possible blood clot in her lung. Although she was brain-dead, the hospital refused to withdraw life-support measures, citing a Texas law that prohibits hospitals from suspending "life-sustaining treatment" for pregnant patients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Despite a statewide drop in reported influenza cases, Los Angeles hospitals are preparing for this year's season to worsen in the coming weeks, fearful of the deadly H1N1 "swine flu" virus strain that is to blame for most of this year's flu deaths. H1N1 killed thousands of people around the world in 2009. That has hospitals worried about the spread of the illness, especially since California's flu deaths this year have dramatically outpaced last year's at this time. Dr. Rekha Murthy, epidemiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said that starting Monday the hospital will require that visitors wear masks - whether or not they're sick - and that patients see only two visitors at a time.
HOME & GARDEN
January 24, 2014 | By Wendy Kennar
Our entire relationship history can be summed up within a 10-mile radius. It starts in 1976. Paul and I were born at Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Boulevard, two weeks apart. He jokes that he winked at me as I was wheeled by. For a brief time, his mother worked for Pacific Telephone, the same company that employed my dad for 30 years. It wasn't until our junior year at Fairfax High School that we met. We wound up in the same English literature class, sat near each other and bonded over our mutual dislike for our disorganized teacher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Military officials are investigating an incident at Camp Pendleton that left a Marine lance corporal in the hospital with stab wounds, officials said Sunday. She was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was treated for "moderate" injuries, official said. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service says the suspect may be a Marine corporal. The attack occurred on the base Saturday morning. Both Marines are with the 1st Marine Logistics Group. No other information was released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A 23-year-old woman remained in serious condition in a hospital Saturday after she was assaulted overnight while waiting in line to enter an establishment in Santa Ana's downtown arts district, authorities said. Police said they were looking for witnesses who might have shot cellphone video of the altercation. "Based on interviews, we think people in line shot video," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. According to police, the victim was standing in line with friends just after midnight Friday at 400 N. Broadway in the Downtown Artists Village when an argument broke out with another group of patrons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Michael Finnegan
After spending three days in the hospital, the woman hit by a car carrying  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was released Friday. Juliet Nicolas, 60, was struck in downtown Tuesday afternoon by a city SUV in which Garcetti was a passenger. Garcetti did not see what happened as his vehicle headed east on 2nd Street toward City Hall, according to the mayor's office.  At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nicolas left Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in...
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