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July 14, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Clement A. Finch, a University of Washington hematologist who became known as Mr. Iron because of his pioneering research on the metabolism of that crucial metal, died June 28 at his home in La Jolla. He was 94, and the cause of death was not revealed. Iron plays a key role in many aspects of bodily function but is most important as a component of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. When Finch began his work, clinicians could diagnose iron deficiency anemia but were in the dark about its causes.
December 21, 2009 | By Amina Khan
Risk-taking adolescent behavior: It's not all sex, drugs and alcohol. There's also the choking game -- otherwise known as "space monkey," "sleeper hold" and "funky chicken." The game consists of two main variants. One can be a solo operation, using a necktie, belt or other type of binding to put pressure on the carotid artery in the neck. The other method involves a partner, who can apply pressure to the neck or chest until the subject passes out, cutting off blood flow to the brain.
Like many other expectant mothers in northern Appalachia, Janice Hay drove 100 miles to see her obstetrician. But on the winter night that her baby was born at home, 15 weeks prematurely, the drive to Burlington, Vt., would have been fatal. By the time Hay, a 37-year-old fitness instructor, got to the local hospital in an ambulance, the 1.8-pound infant wasn't breathing. Dr. Hemant Pandhi, a new general practitioner from India, began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In 10 minutes, Hay's newborn son, Blake, let out his first cry. "That's why I came here," said Pandhi, 46, who passed up a higher-paying offer in Albany, N.Y., to practice medicine in Ticonderoga, a logging town of 4,600 people on the Vermont border.
September 5, 1989
It is impossible for me to understand how the physicians caring for Contreras would not honor his wishes and those of the family. Nurse Rangel obviously understood and apparently acted to fill a void created by the inaction of physicians. NEIL BARBER MD Rancho Palos Verdes
April 3, 2013
Re "Our big appetite for healthcare," Opinion, March 31 Dr. Daniel J. Stone mentions "the Starbucks syndrome in healthcare" when blaming the overutilization of resources on patient demand and doctor apathy. His solutions are accountable care organizations - networks of physicians, hospitals and patients working efficiently to keep costs down - and Choosing Wisely, which appears to be an altruistic approach to cost control. These solutions are doomed unless cost control is mandated from the top. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs commands the lowest prices for drugs and other medical necessities.
September 18, 1985 | United Press International
The editor of the New England Journal of Medicine today chastised the growing number of physicians with financial conflicts of interest that could interfere with their treatment of patients. With increasing frequency medical practitioners are seeking profits from business arrangements with hospitals, equipment manufacturers and companies providing ambulatory health care services, Dr. Arnold S. Relman said.
May 18, 1989 | From Times wire services
More physicians are agreeing to limit their charges for Medicare patients, although it is harder to find such a doctor in some states than in others, the government said today. The Health Care Financing Administration reported that 283,475 physicians--40.7% of the 696,848 doctors who bill Medicare--have signed agreements for this year to charge Medicare patients no more than the government-approved amount. That's an increase from 37.3% in 1988 and 30.6% in 1987, and accounts for more than 60% of the total Medicare spending on physicians' services, said Louis B. Hays, acting administrator of HFCA.
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