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June 26, 1992 | GARY GORMAN
After a parade of female witnesses testified that he had touched their breasts in his medical office or at their homes, a Westlake pediatrician was ordered Thursday to stand trial in Ventura County Superior Court. Stuart M. Berlin, 35, will be arraigned July 9 on six misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving four women in 1991, and one felony count of molestation involving a 13-year-old girl in 1990.
June 27, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
At a time when a measles outbreak is sweeping through Orange County and the nation, the American Academy of Pediatrics has decided that all children entering middle school or junior high school should receive a second measles shot. The decision represents a major change in position for the prestigious medical group, said Dr. Milton Schwarz, president of the Orange County chapter of the pediatricians' group. "Until now, we were responding to epidemics and re-boosting children in those areas where measles was epidemic," the Santa Ana pediatrician said Monday.
The majority of pediatricians are not fully prepared to deal with emergencies such as an asthma attack or head injuries, and in such crises, parents should take their children to hospital emergency rooms rather than the doctor's office, according to a study released today in the journal Pediatrics. Only half the pediatricians who participated in the nationwide survey reported having plans for managing life-threatening emergencies in their offices.
May 29, 2010
Late last month, 330 villages in Senegal held a ceremony to announce that they would end the practice of female genital cutting. That brought the number of Senegalese communities to abandon the practice to 4,229, and when the number reaches 5,000, complete eradication will be achieved. Similar pronunciations and celebrations are occurring in other countries — in Gambia and Somalia, and in Mauritania, where on Tuesday 78 villages participated. The growing movement to end the ancient practice of slicing off part or all of a girl's clitoris and/or labia — historically done to prepare her for adulthood and marriage — is the result of years of work by local and international activists.
A Marin County pediatrician agreed Monday to forfeit his medical license to avoid prosecution on felony charges that he diluted vaccines meant to protect his young patients against polio, whooping cough and other diseases. Dr. William Liebman continued to maintain his innocence, but said in a news release issued by his attorney that he wanted to put a halt to the criminal case before it took a further toll on his "emotional and financial resources."
August 17, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Talk to a doctor about medical malpractice, and he or she is likely to tell you this: Patients don't necessarily sue because a doctor made a mistake, they sue because they got a bad outcome. A report released today by the New England Journal of Medicine bears this out.  It finds that in a given year, 7.4% of doctors (on average) get sued by patients, but only 20% of those claims (on average) result in some sort of payment. Researchers from Harvard, USC and the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica examined malpractice claims against nearly 41,000 doctors who were covered by a single insurance company from 1991 to 2005.
April 23, 2007
In ["Big Games for Little Athletes," April 16], I did not notice any comments from pediatricians or psychologists about age-appropriate developmental activities. Engaging 3- and 4-year-old children in organized sports is ludicrous. At that innocent age, they need free play, not rules by overbearing adults. CHERYL KOHR Redondo Beach
March 3, 1996
You reported in "Surgery Set for Siamese Twins" (Jan. 26) that "a team of five surgeons, backed by pediatricians and nurses," were attempting to separate Siamese twins born to a Tijuana couple. The article does a great disservice to the public by failing to mention that anesthesiologists will be the physicians most responsible for maintaining life during the formidable operation, not pediatricians, surgeons or nurses. This is more than just an issue of professional pride--for the public is largely unaware that it is the anesthesiologist, and not the surgeon, who is responsible for maintaining a patient's life and well-being during an operation.
February 18, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Two recent studies linking childhood television viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a national boob tube intervention. A commentary published alongside the studies in the journal Pediatrics on Monday lamented the fact that most parents have failed to limit their children's television viewing to no more than one or two hours a day -- a recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. On average, preschool-age children in the United States spend 4.4 hours per day in front of the television, either at home or in daycare.
July 30, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots blog
The child who is routinely yelled at, demeaned, ridiculed, ignored or terrorized by a parent may bear no outward signs of abuse. But abused he is, and the negative consequences for the child's mental health as well as his future relationships and sense of self-worth are generally significant, says a new clinical report from the nation's pediatricians. Psychological maltreatment of children by their parents or caregivers is "harder to identify" and "possibly the most underreported" to authorities, especially when it happens without physical or sexual abuse, write the authors of the report , published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
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