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December 12, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
The surviving victim of the Oregon mall shooting is awake and talking with her family, but is still in serious condition, a surgeon who treated her said Wednesday. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, had an assault rifle wound to her chest, a collapsed lung and was bleeding when she arrived at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland on Tuesday, Dr. Laszlo Kiraly said at a news conference. Kiraly said that the teenager's injuries were more consistent with wounds found in the military or police force because of the blast impact the shooter's AR-15 semiautomatic rifle created.
December 8, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A heart surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center unwittingly infected five patients during valve replacement surgeries earlier this year, causing four of the patients to need a second operation. The infections occurred after tiny tears in the latex surgical gloves routinely worn by the doctor allowed bacteria from a skin inflammation on his hand to pass into the patients' hearts, according to the hospital. The patients survived the second operation and are still recovering, hospital officials said.
September 18, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Clayton Kershaw visited an orthopedic surgeon in New York on Tuesday, but he and the Dodgers didn't offer many details about what he was told about his ailing right hip. After the Dodgers' series-opening game against the Washington Nationals was declared a rainout, the team released a vague and carefully worded 127-word statement that said Kershaw has an impingement in his hip and is soliciting the opinions of other specialists ...
September 16, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Even coming off a dramatic win, this is bad. And it could get worse. A lot worse. The best-case scenario for the Dodgers is that Clayton Kershaw will miss one start. Kershaw has already been scratched from the Dodgers' pivotal series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and is scheduled to visit a hip surgeon in New York on Tuesday. In what could be their most important game of the season, the Dodgers, who defeated the Cardinals, 4-3, Saturday, will hand the ball to Stephen Fife, who has three major league starts.
September 16, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I would like to go on record saying it's about dang time there is a show about a female doctor whose brilliance and skill are not offset by near-crippling insecurity, adolescent anxiety or the coldness associated with same. Whether that doctor needs to be a surgeon working off a debt to the Chicago mob while performing innovative heart surgery at a top-notch hospital where she also advises on everything from obstetrics to upper management is another issue. It's difficult to say what sort of show "The Mob Doctor," which premieres Monday on Fox, will be. Like the title, the pilot teeters between odd and simply ridiculous.
September 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The doctor who performed elbow surgery on Stephen Strasburg said Thursday he has worked with the Washington Nationals on the rehabilitation strategy that led the team to shut down the pitcher last week. Dr. Lewis Yocum had told the Los Angeles Times that he "wasn't asked" by the Nationals about whether to shut down Strasburg and had not discussed the subject with General Manager Mike Rizzo since last year. On Thursday, Yocum clarified his comments by saying he and the Nationals -- as well as Strasburg and his agent, Scott Boras -- had agreed last year that the team would limit Strasburg's innings this season.
September 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The doctor who performed elbow surgery on Stephen Strasburg said he did not tell the Washington Nationals to shut down their ace pitcher. “I wasn't asked,” Dr. Lewis Yocum told the Los Angeles Times. Yocum said he had not talked with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo since last year and had not talked with Strasburg since spring training. The Nationals pulled the plug on Strasburg's season last week, ruling out the 24-year-old star from pitching in what almost certainly will be the first postseason appearance by a Washington baseball team since 1933.
July 20, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
More than 100 health organizations and municipal public health departments, along with more than two dozen scientists, have asked the U.S. surgeon general to issue a report on sugar-sweetened soft drinks - akin to the landmark 1964 report on tobacco. “Soda and other sugary drinks are the only food or beverage that has been directly linked to obesity, a major contributor to coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers and a cause of psychosocial problems,” reads the letter, sent Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
July 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Francisco surgeon has filed a request for a partial recount of the June 5 tobacco tax ballot initiative, which lost by less than 1 percentage point of the statewide vote. The measure, known as Proposition 29, would have imposed a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes and raised $860 million for research on tobacco-related diseases and for smoking-prevention programs. It faced opposition from tobacco giants Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which poured nearly $47 million into the campaign against the initiative.
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