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March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
March 26, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew had successful outpatient surgery on Tuesday but remained at a New York area hospital overnight because of a low-grade fever, a Treasury Department spokeswoman said. Lew, 58, underwent the procedure to treat a benign enlarged prostate. The plan was for him to recuperate at his New York home for the rest of this week before returning to his normal schedule. The surgery at an unnamed hospital went well, and Lew was resting comfortably after the procedure, Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth Earnest said Tuesday afternoon.
March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Matt Kemp is coming! Matt Kemp is coming! Exactly when is another matter. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, he cannot be activated until April 4 - and could be. "It's a possibility," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp also could be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment, the Dodgers trying very hard to be careful in the prognosis department as he returns from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries. Kemp did not join the team Tuesday when it practiced at Dodger Stadium for the first time since returning from Australia, where it swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.
March 21, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - On a day when news broke that Tiger Woods was diagnosed with a bulging disk, Adam Scott was diagnosed with a bulging lead. Scott will be under observation for the next two days as he tries to carry the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his back with the ease of a world-class weightlifter. The Aussie leads the tournament by seven shots and is 14 under at the midway point, following up his course-record-tying 62 with a solid 68 on Friday at Bay Hill. Scott set more tournament records, besting the previous largest lead here after 36 holes: Paul Azinger (1988)
March 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
J.J. Redick and the Clippers remain uncertain about when the shooting guard will return or whether surgery will be needed to treat the bulging disk in his back. Redick was encouraged after practicing Thursday and Friday, but he won't play Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. When asked if he would need surgery, Redick said, "I don't know. " "As long as I'm making progress, then we don't really have to worry about that," he said. "I think I've made enough progress that I'm hopeful that I'm going to be able to avoid that.
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Carolina Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday and will need at least four months to recover. Newton injured his left ankle during a playoff loss to San Francisco in January. “The ankle was sore after the San Francisco game and we wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Panthers trainer Ryan Anderson said. The surgery will be performed by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson.
March 16, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - When I first met Abdullah Alathamna four years ago, he was laid up at a children's hospital in Los Angeles, his right leg bound in a cast. He was pale, and grouchy from the pain pills. He was not at all interested in answering questions from a reporter. He was an 11-year-old kid, injured and without his family, more than 7,000 miles from his home in the northern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian youngster lost a foot in 2006 when the Israeli military accidentally shelled his house and several others while targeting militants who had launched rockets into Israel.
March 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- As Zack Greinke pitched in his first exhibition game in nearly two weeks, Matt Kemp made a breakthrough of his own Wednesday in a minor league intrasquad game on a nearby practice field. For the first time this year, Kemp played center field. Kemp is 41/2 months removed from surgery on one of the major weight-bearing bones in his left ankle. He was limited to hitting in the two previous minor league games in which he played. "I feel a little weird being out there, but I'm having a lot of fun," he said.
March 8, 2014 | BILL SHAIKIN
Frank Jobe batted third at Cooperstown last summer, in the annual awards ceremony on the Saturday before the induction ceremony. Paul Hagen led off, a distinguished baseball writer from Philadelphia. Shirley Cheek followed, the widow of the late Tom Cheek, a beloved broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. The names of Paul Hagen and Tom Cheek would be forever displayed within the Hall of Fame. Jobe's award did not come with a permanent place inside the Hall of Fame -- an error that ought to be rectified forthwith -- but the good doctor nonetheless was delighted with his moment in the Cooperstown sun. Jobe rose to his feet, slowly.
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