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April 23, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
As the wise, dryly humorous psychiatrist caring for shellshocked surgeons and troops in the hit television series "MASH," actor Allan Arbus was so convincing that at least one colleague assumed he had expertise in the medical specialty. In 1973, the first season of the long-running CBS show about a mobile Army hospital during the Korean War, series star Alan Alda would often sit with Arbus between takes, questioning him about psychiatric theories. Alda, who played Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce, said in an interview Tuesday, "He was so authentic in the role it was hard to believe that he wasn't that person.
April 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A surgeon cut an Orange County woman's aorta during Lap-Band weight-loss surgery in 2011 and an anesthesiologist failed to detect her hemorrhaging, events that led to her death, according to a Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy report. The report found that the injury and the failure to respond adequately during laparoscopic surgery at Valley Surgical Center in West Hills constituted "an extreme deviation from the standard of care" on the part of the doctors. Shortly after surgery, Paula Rojeski, 55, of Ladera Ranch went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
April 16, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
BOSTON - As 3 o'clock neared Monday afternoon, officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of Boston's premier medical centers, expected this year's marathon would be a nonevent. "We were winding down," said Barry Wante, the hospital's emergency management director. The slow pace was welcome after last year, when unseasonably warm weather led to a rash of heat injuries among runners, inundating the city's hospitals. Full coverage: Explosions at the Boston Marathon But on Monday, the hospital's radios suddenly crackled with reports from the finish line.
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Surgeons managed to save the arms of a man who walked into a West Covina Home Depot and sawed them to the bone, police said. The man, who West Covina police described as being in his 50s, was in critical condition Thursday at a hospital, said Cpl. Rudy Lopez. Detectives have spoken with the man's family but have not talked to him themselves because he lost a lot of blood and has not recovered enough to talk, Lopez said. West Covina police say the man calmly and quietly walked into Home Depot before 1 p.m. Wednesday and headed to the hardware section where the saws were.
February 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
When you're playing Nintendo you may be learning more than how to control a voracious gorilla, rescue a kidnapped princess or negotiate a go-cart course, according to a new study. You just may be learning skills to help you perform laparoscopic surgery. In a study posted online Wednesday in the open access journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the department of surgical sciences at the University of Rome measured the surgical skills of students who trained on a Nintendo Wii. Across four tasks measuring 16 skill-sets on a simulator, such as locating objects with a camera and photographing them, and touching flashing, colored balls with its corresponding tool, Wii team outshone their traditionally trained colleagues in 13 of them.
February 25, 2013 | By Marlene Cimons and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Dr. C. Everett Koop, who as U.S. surgeon general in the 1980s led high-profile campaigns to highlight the dangers of smoking and to mobilize the nation against an emerging AIDS epidemic, has died. He was 96. Koop died Monday at his home in New Hampshire, Susan Wills, a colleague at Koop's Dartmouth Institute, told the Associated  Press. The cause was not given. Unlike his predecessors and many of his successors, who were largely figureheads, Koop initiated a new era of influence for surgeons general by turning the post into a national bully pulpit.
February 25, 2013 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Marlene Cimons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the mid-1980s, the emerging AIDS epidemic was a high-profile target of vocal conservatives. Politicians and the religious right called for sweeping measures against those diagnosed with AIDS, including quarantine of patients, mandatory screening of homosexuals for the AIDS virus and a host of other measures that would victimize patients and keep the disease and the diseased hidden from public light. But they did not reckon with Dr. C. Everett Koop, the religious and conservative surgeon general of the United States appointed by President Reagan.
February 13, 2013 | Patt Morrison
And now, she is the patient. For decades, as a surgeon, researcher, professor and medical celebrity of sorts, Susan Love has led the charge against breast cancer and for women's health. She served on President Clinton's cancer advisory board. She set up a research foundation. Her book on breast cancer is on the short shelf for clinicians and counselors. And last June, when, like so many women, she was feeling and doing fine, the diagnosis came. Except it wasn't breast cancer but leukemia.
February 4, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Monday Mornings," a medical drama premiering Monday night on TNT, brings TV producer and writer David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal") together with neurosurgeon and media personality Dr. Sanjay Gupta, whose 2012 hospital-life novel is its basis. Life is full of surprises. The title refers to the "M&M" (for "morbidity and mortality") meetings where surgeons discuss the less successful moments of their recent work - patients dying, breaches of protocol, moments of insensitivity - albeit here they do not so much discuss as submit to a browbeating by their usually charming boss (Alfred Molina as Chelsea General chief of staff Harding Hooten)
December 23, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The bullet that struck Larney Johnson while he was playing basketball with friends punctured his kidney before lodging in his spine and immediately paralyzing him. Paramedics rushed him to California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, where surgeons repaired his kidney. But three years later, he said, doctors made a startling discovery: a surgical sponge had been left behind. Johnson had to undergo a second operation to remove the sponge before spending six weeks in bed recovering.
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