August 18, 2007 |
Eric Miller's career as an Army Ranger wasn't ended by a battlefield wound, but his DNA. Lurking in his genes was a mutation that made him vulnerable to uncontrolled tumor growth. After suffering back pain during a tour in Afghanistan, he underwent three surgeries to remove tumors from his brain and spine that left him with numbness throughout the left side of his body. So began his journey into a dreaded scenario of the genetic age.
September 11, 1998 |
A Costa Mesa doctor was indicted Thursday on federal charges of defrauding both a military health-insurance program and a Blue Cross program. Nagesh Shetty, 53, who is in jail for a prior conviction in a tax-fraud scheme, was named in a 26-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, U.S. Atty. Nora M. Manella said. The indictment alleges that Shetty billed two insurance providers for services he never rendered and for medically unnecessary services.
November 16, 1995 |
A legislative logjam on the annual defense spending bill broke late Wednesday as House and Senate negotiators agreed to compromise language restricting abortions at overseas military hospitals. Although the agreement still requires House and Senate floor votes, the decision by negotiators to settle their dispute signals a belief that the chambers will accept the deal and pass the $243-billion spending bill.
October 16, 1998 |
Foundation Health Systems Inc. stock rose as much as 27% as Superior National Insurance Group Inc. said it expects to complete its $285-million purchase of Foundation's money-losing workers' compensation unit Dec. 10. Foundation shares lost about a third of their value this month amid concern about rising medical costs as well as delays in the sale, which is part of the health maintenance organization's plan to shed units that aren't related to its healthiest HMO businesses.
April 20, 2008 |
Minutes after routine surgery for acute appendicitis in October 2003, Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, 25, was being moved to a recovery room at a Northern California military hospital when he gasped and stopped breathing. A student nurse assisting an understaffed anesthesia team tried to resuscitate Witt and failed. Inexplicably, Witt's gurney was wheeled into a pediatric area. Lifesaving devices sized for children, not a 175-pound adult, proved useless, according to an internal report on the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2003 |
Military reservists who work for county government will continue to receive medical insurance coverage when called to active service, Ventura County supervisors decided this week. The decision came as the county's tax collector announced that active duty members of the military may apply for property tax considerations.
August 13, 1988 |
Deputy Defense Secretary William H. Taft IV has extended for another year the Pentagon's AIDS testing program and in the process made it easier for military authorities to advise the spouses of reservists if their mates test positively. In updating the AIDS policy guidelines, Taft also rejected for the time being mandatory testing of civilian defense employees destined for overseas posts.
December 15, 2007 |
The Senate passed a defense policy bill Friday that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The measure reflects the best Democrats could do this year on their national security agenda while holding such a slim majority. With Democrats powerless to overcome GOP objections in the Senate, the bill does not order troops home from Iraq, as party members would have liked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2012
Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled the pain of war on screen and on the page, died Wednesday, the French military health service said. France's Le Figaro newspaper said Schoendoerffer died in a hospital outside Paris after an operation. Born in central France on May 5, 1928, Schoendoerffer served as a cameraman in the French army in the 1950s and volunteered to be parachuted into the besieged fortress of Dien Bien Phu, where the decisive battle of the French war in Indochina was fought.
July 29, 1995 |
The General Accounting Office on Friday recommended that Foundation Health Corp. receive a five-year, $2.5-billion military health care contract--the nation's largest such pact--which had originally been awarded to a unit of rival Health Systems International Inc. Shares of Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based Foundation Health jumped 7% on the news.