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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Hedda Bolgar, a psychologist old enough to have attended Sigmund Freud's lectures in Vienna but youthful enough to have treated patients until just a few weeks ago, has died. She was 103. Her mind was sharp, her zest for work keen, and her social calendar full until shortly before her death on Monday, said Allen Yasser, her longtime friend and colleague. "It took me a month to get a dinner date with her, and we were virtually family," said Yasser, a psychologist and psychoanalyst.
HEALTH
August 31, 2009 | Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Are you due for a cancer screening test? Don't let cost stand in the way. Yes, it would be easier to schedule such tests if you have insurance, a regular doctor who can refer you to screenings and money in your checking account to foot the bill. But with some digging, you can often find free or low-cost cancer detection tests that could just save your life. A study published in June in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians found that about 650,000 deaths from cancer were avoided or delayed between 1990 and 2005.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic presidential hopeful John F. Kerry underwent successful surgery for an early form of prostate cancer, with his doctor saying there were no indications that the disease had spread. He also indicated that the Massachusetts senator could be released as early as Saturday. Dr. Patrick Walsh, chief of urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said that he and Dr.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1996
Trimedyne Inc. said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office upheld the validity of all of the claims on its laser patent. In 1995, Laser Industries Ltd. filed a petition with the patent office asking that Trimedyne's patent be reexamined. The patent gives Trimedyne the ability to manufacture other lasers with higher power and unique energy delivery capabilities, the company said.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Millions of men who suffer enlarged prostates now can choose a one-hour treatment over drugs or surgery: a machine that microwaves the prostate to relieve urinary symptoms. The Food and Drug Administration approved the Prostatron, which kills excess prostate tissue by heating the gland with microwaves, based on studies showing it may help 75% of patients. It is an outpatient procedure that appears to work better than drugs and clearly is safer than surgery, said Dr.
NEWS
March 6, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan will undergo his annual physical checkup Friday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Maryland, the White House said today. He will be examined by a team of Navy doctors specializing in cardiovascular medicine, urology and ophthalmology, and they will reassess the condition that led to partial removal of a small benign polyp from the President's anal canal.
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