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4/21/2016
Posted by Connor
After talking to a neurosurgeon about her history of migraine headaches, Robyn Frankel was told to undergo an invasive cerebral angiogram requiring the injection of contrast dye into a vein in an attempt to try to find what was causing her headaches.  When the dye was injected, Robyn immediately suffered a stroke and went into a coma. She...
Feature
4/20/2016
Posted by Connor
During a routine spleen removal, Janet Garner went through the surgery without incident.  After recovering she left the hospital relieved thinking that her medical woes had been taken care of.  Years later, however, an infection would develop which would change Janet’s life forever.   One day, Janet noticed lacerations on her...
Feature
4/20/2016
Posted by Connor
Two months after his cancerous testical was removed, 20-year-old Shawn Rial underwent a week of inpatient chemotherapy.  His family was told testicular cancer was one of the most treatable forms of cancer and he had a 90 percent chance of survival as he was only in stage 2.  Shawn returned to the hospital a few days later for outpatient...
Feature
4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
It could have been a Norman Rockwell scene.  Troy and Alana Pack, ages 10 and 7 were walking with their mom and two other neighborhood kids to a Baskin Robbins ice cream store near their home in the comfortable Northern California community of Danville.  It was a warm Indian summer night in October 2003.  The kids had been out...
Feature
4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
Beth Stover, 40, was past her due date when she went in for a stress test to determine if labor should be induced.  A technician noticed Beth was having contraction and Beth was sent home and told she should not be surprised if she were to deliver the baby soon. That evening she felt extreme upper abdominal pressure and thought she was going...
Feature
4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
Morgan Westhoff and her identical twin sister were each born with one of the more common congenital heart defects.  Morgan’s twin had a successful procedure to correct the defect when the girls were 18 months old.  The same procedure was performed Jan 18, 2013 on Morgan, even though her doctor knew Morgan had abnormally high blood...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Doctors who are on probation after being disciplined by state regulators would have to share that information with patients before providing care under a bill making its way through the state Senate. The measure, which would apply to physicians, podiatrists, acupuncturists and chiropractors, was passed by the Senate Business, Professions and...
Feature
4/8/2016
Posted by Connor
Cali Andrist was a 58-year-old mentally disabled woman. In 2012, she woke with terrible stomach pain, and that evening her brother, Eric who was her full-time caregiver, took her to the ER at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  After she revived a CT scan doctors admitted her with what they thought was a small bowel...
News Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check...
News Story
3/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-nine groups, including the Center for Justice & Democracy and Consumer Watchdog, have signed onto a letter that protests H.R. 4771, the HEALTH Act of 2016. The bill establishes a $250,000 cap on compensation for non-economic damages because of medical malpractice, among other measures, and the House Judiciary Committee votes on it this...