CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2011 |
Reporting from El Cajon, Calif. -- Sharlotte Hydorn peddles a product touted for its deadly simplicity. Inside her butterfly-decorated boxes are clear plastic bags and medical-grade tubing. A customer places the bag over his head, connects the tubing from the bag to a helium tank, turns the valve and breathes. The so-called suicide kit asphyxiates a customer within minutes. Orders come from all over the world, from people young and old, depressed and terminally ill. "People commit suicide by jumping out of windows and buildings, and hanging themselves," said the 91-year-old former elementary school science teacher.
June 9, 1998
* Santa Clara-based Coherent Inc. shares fell 12% after the laser maker warned that fiscal third-quarter earnings would be hurt by charges and by a revenue shortfall caused by production delays. Stock of Coherent fell $2.63 to close at $19.38 in Nasdaq trading.
May 7, 2013 |
Some talented humans can fold their tongues into a three-leaf clover, but some bats accomplish an even greater feat: Hair-like structures on their tongue tips stand to attention when they lap up nectar, allowing them to collect more. This "nectar mop," described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could become a useful model for future medical devices, researchers said. Scientists have seen many methods of nectar collection. Butterflies suck liquid with a straw-like proboscis, and hummingbirds have forked tongues that help them 'grab' droplets during feeding.
April 27, 2012 |
Prosecutors probing insider trading in the medical devices industry are investigating a senior Goldman Sachs banker and a former employee of the notorious hedge fund Galleon Group. The investigation, according to a person briefed on the matter, is focused on the 2009 takeover of Advanced Medical Optics in Santa Ana. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles has been scrutinizing the ties between Goldman managing partner Matthew Korenberg, who worked on the Advanced Medical Optics deal, and Paul Yook, a former portfolio manager at Galleon, the person said.
September 1, 2011 |
The patient was listed as unstable, in critical condition. On July 30, 2007, between 8 and 9 a.m., he was receiving insulin, anesthetic and blood pressure medication through a volumetric infusion pump when all three of the pump's channels failed. His blood pressure dropped. Pressure on his brain rose. The pump was replaced, but not in time. The patient was brain dead. The problem, according to a stark "adverse event report," was software, specifically an overflow in the memory buffer.
July 30, 2011 |
Katherine Ayers was 36 when she decided the pain in her hip had become too much to bear. A surgically implanted metal-on-metal hip joint soon made her pain-free. But a few years later, she was startled to receive a letter saying the artificial joint was being recalled. "In my mind, recalls were for dishwasher and cars, not body parts," she told a congressional hearing earlier this year. Ultimately, Ayers had to have a new implant. It was experiences such as Ayers' — and scores of others with even more serious consequences — that has led the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, to call on the government to design a new system for evaluating and approving many high-risk medical devices before they reach the market.