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3/1/2017
Posted by Connor
The Medical Board of California says it is cracking down on doctors who violate their probation, while critics say the Board must do more to protect patients. At a hearing Monday in Sacramento, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, the Medical Board’s executive director, testified the Board has 15 inspectors who keep track of the 635 doctors currently on...
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6/12/2016
Posted by Connor
Anthony Fossett was a young aspiring musician who was a beloved member of his community.  An alumnus of Youth Radio's Core and Bridge program, Anthony wanted to be a music producer and hoped to eventually start his own studio.  And he was making great strides to achieve his dreams, performing at the Oakland Museum and helping to...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Angel Villalobos was born with just one heart ventricle instead of the usual two. A series of operations early in life should have fixed the problem and left him with a normal life. But during the third operation, when Angel was five, the surgeon cut through Angel’s breastbone using the location of an earlier incision and cut Angel’s...
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4/24/2016
Posted by Connor
Tamara Walter underwent a successful lap-band surgery at an outpatient surgery center, but her recovery was another story. Five hours after Tamara’s surgery, her sister received a call from a panicked person at the surgery center.  They told her Tamara wasn’t breathing, was foaming at the mouth and had been transferred to a...
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4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
She had a fever, vomiting and shortness of breath.  But when her mom took 10-year-old Daniela Zelig to the hospital, doctors took a look and sent her home.  She was one of the last patients seen by urgent care doctors that day in March 2012 in Kaiser’s Baldwin Park Medical Center. After the girl was given a cursory examination, cut...
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4/18/2016
Posted by Connor
The death of a six-week-old child from an illness that could have been easily diagnosed and successfully treated is tragic enough.  For the life of that child to be valued at no more than $250,000 is unforgivable.      Six-week-old Alexandra Mia Chavez, the third child of Alejandra Gonzalez and Mario Chavez, began coughing...
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4/18/2016
Posted by Connor
Alex Smick had a wonderful life mapped out for himself.  At 20, he was studying to be a surgical technician.  He was Atheltic, played guitar, and had a loving and supportive network of friends and family in his suburban L.A. community of Dowey.  He couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job to start saving money for an engagement...
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4/8/2016
Posted by Connor
Around their Fresno neighborhood, Daphne McClendon-Ricks was known to all the kids simply as “mom”.  She was the shoulder to lean on, the unbreakable woman who salved wounds and gave good advice, and the friendly neighbor who helped mow a lawn or gave away vegetables from her bountiful backyard garden.  She was a vigorous 59...
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8/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ralph Nader goes way back with Gov. Jerry Brown. Their relationship dates to the 1970s, when both men were eagerly shaking things up from their respective perches on the progressive left. Between them, they've run for president eight times. In 1992, Brown said he'd appoint Nader to his Cabinet if elected to the White House. But when I...
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10/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Study finds that 68% of ER patients who overdosed on opioid drugs took pills prescribed by a doctor Cost of treating patients who overdosed on prescription opioids was $1.4 billion in a single year Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation’s embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a “substantial” burden on...