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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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HEALTH
June 28, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have taken naproxen regularly for several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94. I was told my blood pressure problem was unrelated to the drug, but when I quit taking naproxen, my blood pressure went back down to 115/70. A recent report from Denmark (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, July 2010) involved reviewing the health records of more than 1 million people taking NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)
HEALTH
September 12, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Age is just a number. But for men, that number says a lot about what's going on in their bodies. Starting at about age 30, men start producing less testosterone, the hormone that helps spark sex drive, build muscle and stoke energy, ambition and aggression. In short, it helps men feel manly. For all of the talk about "male menopause," the loss of testosterone isn't anything like the hormonal nose dive that women go through. Instead of essentially disappearing all at once, testosterone levels usually decline by about 1% every year (although they can drop more dramatically, especially if a man becomes ill)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1987
"Su Doctor," a free referral service designed to link Spanish-speaking patients with Spanish-speaking physicians, is being offered by Doctors Hospital of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Hospital Medical Center. By calling 1-800-44-DOCTOR weekdays and Saturdays, a caller can be referred to a Spanish-speaking doctor in areas of Orange County and Whittier.
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