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L.A. NOWSeven local residents will receive free hip and knee replacements as part of a broader outreach to patients who cannot afford to pay for the operations. The outreach effort, Operation Walk USA, is helping coordinate the surgeries in nearly 30 states....
Rita Corwin, 90, conscientiously paid her premiums for long-term care insurance for 21 years to make sure that if she needed help as she grew older and more fragile, she'd get it. Yet now that she finds herself in a position to require such assistance,...
We're lucky if we have the gift to do one thing well in this life. Even most superheroes just get a single superpower. ("Wait — you're faster than a speeding bullet and you're more powerful than a locomotive? How is that fair?") So there is...
L.A. NOWAn 83-year-old man faces up to 25 years to life behind bars after being convicted Friday of killing his 94-year-old roommate at a Laguna Woods rehabilitation center. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October. William Leo McDougall of Laguna......
L.A. NOWAn 83-year-old man was convicted Friday of killing his 94-year-old roommate at a Laguna Woods rehabilitation center by repeatedly hitting him in the head because he was singing, authorities said....
The hospice nurse said on Tuesday that my father could be gone within 24 hours. It was no surprise. He'd been bedridden for days, and on the list of 10 signs that death is near, he had six or seven. And so I headed north, to the Bay Area, to be with my...
Gene Dorio, an old-school doctor who makes house calls in Santa Clarita, drives a 1990 Volvo with 362,000 miles on the clock and duct tape holding things together. His patients have a lot of miles on them, too. Dorio is a geriatric physician. "Medical...
Tags: Nursing, Diseases and Illnesses, Medicare, Health, Heart Failure
Last week, my dad was taken on a practice run from his Northern California nursing home back to his house. He'd had recent hip surgery, and the idea was that if he could master the challenge of getting in and out of the car and the wheelchair, he could...
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The day after hip surgery, my father asked me to bring him a frozen coffee and something sweet the next morning. I returned to the hospital with a Frappuccino and a doughnut, one or both of which nearly killed him. He began choking and then turned...
Tags: Nursing, Stroke, Choking, Hospitals and Clinics, Health
Dodgers BlogThere might be no greater evidence of Frank McCourt's litigious stewardship of the Dodgers than this: Paul Shuey has not thrown a pitch for the Dodgers in eight years, and the team still is fighting with an insurance company about......
Ministry of GossipZsa Zsa Gabor's daughter Constance Francesca Hilton on Tuesday filed a petition requesting an independent conservatorship be set up to watch out for the health and money interests of her mother. Zsa Zsa Gabor's affairs have been tended to in recent...
Orthopedic surgeons are doctors, but they are also artisans, sculpting bone so that it fits snugly with artificial hips and knees. But even the best artists make mistakes, says Dr. William Bargar, an orthopedic surgeon at Sutter General Hospital in...
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