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A health care crisis appears to be building for California's poorest, most vulnerable youngsters, who often must wait months or travel long distances to see pediatric specialists in such critical areas as orthopedics and neurology. With Medi-Cal paying physicians some of the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation, increasing numbers of children's doctors are limiting their participation in the insurance program for the poor and disabled.
April 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Orthopedic products maker Zimmer Holdings on Thursday announced it will acquire Biomet Inc. in a deal valued at $13.35 billion, including assumption of debt, the companies said.    The proposed acquisition follows a flurry of billion-dollar deals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. PHOTOS: Best and worst countries to grow old in This week Swiss multinational company Novartis AG, maker of Excedrin, announced a restructuring of its businesses with GlaxoSmithKline that included the sale of GSK's oncology products to Novartis for $14.5 billion.  Activist investor Bill Ackman and Canadian firm Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.  on Tuesday unveiled details  of their $45-billion bid for Irvine pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc. , which makes the popular Botox wrinkle treatment.
State Controller Kathleen Connell, vowing that her office "will demand fair pricing, quality products and good service," announced Wednesday that Indiana-based Quantum Health Resources has agreed to repay $6.3 million it allegedly overbilled Medi-Cal. Connell said that over the past four years, the Indianapolis company had overcharged the state 25% for blood-clotting products used by hemophiliacs, and that the settlement reached with Quantum is the largest in recent years.
April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has been on leave from San Diego State, where he coaches the school's baseball team, for much of the season because of ongoing cancer treatments, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. The paper talked to Gwynn by phone. “I have no comment, other than to say I'm doing good," said Gwynn , 53. "That's all I can say. But nobody believes me because there hasn't been any information out there. But, trust me, I'm doing good.” The school released a statement Tuesday saying that "Tony Gwynn is currently on a leave of absence from the Aztec baseball program while dealing with health issues.
May 16, 1989
Janice A. Steiner has been appointed medical director of Gensia Europe Ltd.
June 26, 2000
HMOs: mediocre discount-store medical care! CLAIRE TOWERY Arcadia
February 24, 1987 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Encino man accused of murdering his mother, actress Susan Cabot, has laid the groundwork for a possible insanity defense. Medical records filed in court Monday state that the man, Timothy Scott Roman, was treated for 15 years with an experimental growth hormone that later was found to cause neurological problems in some patients.
April 15, 1991 | Associated Press
A Northwest Airlines jetliner with 145 passengers aboard detoured to Orlando, Fla., on Sunday to get medical treatment for six passengers who became ill in flight, airline officials said. The passengers, who complained that they were groggy and nauseated, were released after treatment. Medical officials said the symptoms may have been related to a motion-sickness drug that can cause drowsiness. No food or drinks had been served on the plane, officials said.
September 29, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Concord Career Institute, a medical and dental training school that had occupied the same Lankershim Boulevard spot for more than 40 years, will dedicate its new location on Victory Boulevard on Thursday. Following the 11 a.m. ceremony, students, faculty and health officials will conduct tours of Concord's new home, a former insurance building next to the Hollywood Freeway that cost about $1 million to convert. "We completely upgraded," campus director Tom Azim said.
September 24, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Maryland psychiatrist who said he opposed drug and shock therapy for the mentally ill on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" earlier this year will keep his license after a medical review board recommended against its revocation. Peter Breggin, 52, of Bethesda, Md., said he was grilled for more than an hour at a closed-door hearing of the Physician-Patient Relations Committee, part of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland.
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary to arrest two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Martinez was charged with two additional felony counts of perjury and one count of filing a false report.
April 22, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the well-known medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. The settlement reached Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court came just before closing arguments were due to begin in a whistleblower-retaliation case brought by Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, a surgeon who was recruited to UCLA in 2009 to run the orthopedic surgery department.
April 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was off to Harvard, where he earned both medical and law degrees before moving on to psychiatric residency at UCLA. Nathaniel Ayers, like Askins, grew up working class - in his case, Cleveland was home. His dream was music, not medicine, and his hard work landed him at the prestigious Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he played for a time in the same orchestra as Yo-Yo Ma. On Monday, the two African American men sat across from each other in a former pickle factory on San Fernando Road that serves as the mental health division of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Some medical experts said that the teenage stowaway who survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jet is lucky to be alive. The 16-year-old had run away from home when he climbed the fence on Sunday morning and crawled into the left rear wheel well of  Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45. Authorities called it a “miracle” that the teen survived the 5 1/2-hour flight. The wheel well of the  Boeing  767 is not pressurized or heated, meaning the teen possibly endured extremely thin air and temperatures as low 80 degrees below zero when it cruised at 38,000 feet.
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana)
April 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track. The 83-mph collision killed Hall and two crewmen.
Health care providers in California are watching anxiously as President Clinton and Congress battle over the future of Medicare and Medicaid, a fight that could dictate the direction of health care programs in the state for years to come.
May 11, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer Pharmaceuticals, a U.S.-based unit of Bayer, Germany's biggest drug maker, has begun settlement talks with federal and state officials about allegations that Medicare and Medicaid government health insurance programs have been overcharged for dozens of drugs. More than a dozen drug makers, including Glaxo Wellcome and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., have been subpoenaed in the 3-year-old Justice Department investigation.
April 19, 2014 | By Colleen Mastony
The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see? Soon, parents and nurses were leading kids out of their rooms. The children were small and frail-looking. Most were undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious disorders. But on this cold April morning, they had a precious moment of distraction.
April 14, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other factors such as millions of newly insured Americans seeking treatment for the first time and higher prices from healthcare consolidation could also help drive up costs. Experts aren't predicting an immediate return to double-digit increases in medical spending.
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