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March 25, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Four out of 10 mothers surveyed began feeding their infants solid food when they were only 4 months old and their still-developing bodies weren't able to process it -- and more than half the moms said they had been advised to do so by a medical professional.  Those are the findings of a survey released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. Considering that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology all recommend that parents wait to introduce solid food until their babies are about 6 months old, the results suggest that many parents -- along with the doctors and nurses they rely on -- are woefully out of step with the latest medical advice.  Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent questionnaires to thousands of pregnant women and invited them to take part in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II . Then they checked in with them when their babies were 2, 3 and 4 months old. The responses included in the Pediatrics study were from 1,334 mothers.  Overall, 539 of those mothers -- or 40.4% -- said they started feeding their babies solid food before they turned 4 months old. Those foods included yogurt, tofu, infant cereal, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, eggs, fish, chicken, meat and even French fries.  Mothers who had been feeding their babies formula were especially likely to introduce solid foods before the four-month mark,...
April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul stood before the assembled media Wednesday in his Clippers practice gear, a black brace loosely hanging from his lower right leg. After answering several questions about his right hamstring injury and how the Clippers were ready to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the playoffs Thursday in Oakland, Paul eased his way to a training table and sat. Paul didn't practice for the second straight day. In fact, Clippers Coach Doc...
June 15, 2000
Re "Boost Funds for Nurse Training," editorial, June 8: Having just had open-heart bypass surgery, I wholeheartedly agree with your editorial about hiring more nurses. Hospitals are not what they used to be. This is what I experienced. When I needed help, it took minutes to an hour to get a nurse to come into my room. I was left alone in a chair in intensive care for 2 1/2 hours. Also, while I was in the hospital, one patient asked to be transferred to another hospital, another patient pulled out tubes and a patient fell.
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A nurse remained in critical condition Monday after being stabbed multiple times in a Sylmar hospital, officials said. “She's said to be a fighter, and she's hanging in there,” said Lt. Denise Stephenson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's County Services Bureau. A man entered the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center around 2 a.m. Sunday and bypassed a weapons screening checkpoint, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies ran after him and were searching the hospital when they heard a woman scream.
December 26, 2009
The California Board of Registered Nursing has taken the following actions against nurses featured in an ongoing series of stories by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica and The Times: Suspended the license of Owen Jay Murphy Jr. in August. He had been accused of physically and verbally assaulting patients at three Southern California hospitals. The board had allowed him to continue practicing while it pursued allegations, but regulators changed course after a July article.
September 1, 2012 | Steve Lopez
The significance of my brush with death didn't sink in at first, probably because being alive keeps you pretty busy. Doctors and nurses were at my bed night and day asking questions, running tests, huddling to figure out what had happened to me at Keck Hospital of USC on the morning of Aug. 23, when I had one foot in the grave for somewhere between 15 and 30 seconds. Full cardiac arrest. My heart cut out in post-op after knee-replacement surgery. A nurse immediately began chest compressions, and I was back, unaware that I had flat-lined.
May 7, 1993
Three cheers for Suzanne Gordon for her article, "Nurses as Partners for Better Care" (Commentary, April 28). She succinctly captured the essence of the doctor/nurse lack of communication. This power struggle negatively impacts patient care. Everyone is the loser. A large percentage of the nation's health care could be performed by registered nurses. It has been estimated that 90% of diagnosis and treatment of a patient can be determined by active listening. In this way, predisposing factors and symptoms can be utilized to give improved patient care.
June 2, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Thomas Keneally has always been a novelist who writes and lives in the big sweep of epic history. He took on the end of the First World War in "Gossip From the Forest," the U.S. Civil War in "Confederates," and the Eritrean War of Independence in "To Asmara. " He won the Booker Prize for "Schindler's List," his account of one good German saving lives during the Holocaust. In "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith," he told a story of racism and violence set amid his native Australia's founding as an independent nation in 1901.
March 18, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Fiona Henlon still relives the shock of the letter that arrived three years ago. Citing a breakdown in its payroll system, Los Angeles County health officials explained that they had mistakenly paid the registered nurse an extra $6,200 over a two-year period. And the government was demanding the money back. Henlon, 45, said she hadn't realized that she'd received the added money because she has no set schedule and her paychecks fluctuate. "It is unfair," she said. "They made an error, and we are going to suffer for it. " Henlon is one of roughly 600 relief nurses used to fill county hospital staffing gaps who officials now say must repay a total of $1.8 million.
March 15, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
A UC San Francisco expert in treatment of drug-addicted healthcare professionals resigned as a volunteer consultant to California's "diversion" program for nurses, telling a state Senate panel Monday that the program is in an "untenable and, in some cases, dangerous situation. " Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, a psychiatrist and medical director for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, complained that the contractor that helps run the diversion programs has caseloads that are "far too high ?
April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 26-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Sunday after he ran into a Sylmar hospital and stabbed an on-duty nurse, authorities said. Ramiro Carnalla entered Olive View - UCLA Medical Center about 2 a.m. and went around the hospital's weapons screening area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Carnalla then ran into the building with security guards and deputies trailing after him. As authorities searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and found a nurse who had been stabbed several times in the upper and lower torso, authorities said.
April 20, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Two on-duty nurses were stabbed in separate incidents at Los Angeles-area hospitals Sunday, leaving one of them hospitalized in critical condition, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The first stabbing occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar at around 2 a.m., when a man entered the hospital, made his way past a weapons screening area and into the building. Sheriff's deputies searching for him heard a scream that led them to the victim, a female nurse who'd been stabbed in the upper body.
April 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform. As part of a $26-billion spending plan that builds on post-recession economic improvements, Chief Executive William T Fujioka called for adding more than 1,300 positions to county government, including nurses, social workers and staff for the newly created Sheriff's Department inspector general.
April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
April 4, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
California's registered nursing board has eliminated a backlog in licensing paperwork for approximately 4,000 recent nursing graduates, state officials have reported. But Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), who helped organize a town hall hearing on the delays Thursday in Modesto, said she remains concerned about license applications for 7,000 students set to complete their training in May and June. "Will it all start happening again?" Olsen said Friday in an interview. "It's unclear whether the breakdowns in the system have been fixed completely.
March 22, 2014 | By David Colker, Los Angeles Times
The fee that Josephine Serrano Collier paid in 1946 for the application to become a policewoman in the Los Angeles Police Department was just $1, but it cost her much more than that. Not only was her family against it, her fiance broke off their engagement. And she was bucking a feeling of mistrust in the Latino community toward the police. But Collier, who had lost her Rosie-the-Riveter job at Lockheed at the end of World War II, needed work and felt she could be a liaison between the community and the LAPD.
March 21, 1993
I'm really upset about the cartoon showing nurses in white caps treating doctors like gods (L.A. Speak, Palm Latitudes, Feb. 7). I'm a nurse, and I work with doctors at the same level. I also create cartoons for nursing publications, but I never rated nurses that low. Please! Nurses are as much professionals as doctors. OSCAR CAIROLI West Covina
January 31, 2005
Re "Sorry Arnold, No Two-Picture Deal," Commentary, Jan. 26: Like most registered nurses, I don't really want to go from battling disease at the hospital to fending off the governor's attacks the rest of the time, but if he wants to fight nurses, we will fight back for our patients and our profession. Our situation doesn't remind me so much of "Conan vs. the RN," because in his movies Conan always wins. How about "Conan vs. Xena, Warrior Nurse"? Margie Keenan RN Long Beach
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
  A 25-year-old nursing attendant has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient at County-USC Medical Center, authorities said Thursday. Terrence Tekoh is accused of assaulting the victim Wednesday in a examination room, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim was waiting for a medical procedure. Tekoh was employed by a private company that provides medical personnel for the facility. He was fired after the allegations were reported, the department said.
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of how the county's Public Health Department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. Members of the county board sharply criticized health officials over a report that complaints were not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
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