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  • My Patient, The Terrorist!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 18, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    A 52 year old diabetic man was urgently referred to me for cardiac clearance because of an abnormal electrocardiogram.  He had fractured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident and needed emergency surgery.

    We took him in promptly as a walk-in patient.  After the consultation, I...

  • My Concierge Doctor Fired Me!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Nothing cuts the cord between the doctor and her patient like the mention of money!  Yet, doctors all over the country are rushing to become “concierge physicians.”  For an annual retainer, enhanced care and access is afforded  to the patient.  The more you pay, the closer you can...

  • Hospitals battled to protect patients as Sandy raged

    October 30, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    At one New York hospital where backup generators failed, staff carried premature babies down more than a dozen flights of stairs in one of the more dramatic moments for healthcare workers during powerful storm Sandy.

    Record flooding and power outages across the northeastern...

  • Cooking for AIDS patients Is chicken soup for grieving mom’s soul

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 5, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Several days before Mollie Pier’s son, Nathaniel, died of complications from AIDS, she joined together with his doctors, Nathaniel and his longtime partner, Michael, as the couple exchanged rings and vows in his hospital room.

    After Nathaniel died on Dec. 27, 1989, Pier stepped up...

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  • They never run out of patients

    By David Suissa

    October 22, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    An Iranian Jewish girl was going through chemotherapy treatment -- which tends to suppress your appetite -- but one day, she got this craving for a lamb stew with carrots. Within an hour, someone was headed to the nearest Persian restaurant to get the dish and bring it to the girl....
  • Cancer survivor brings art, courage to other patients

    By Rachel Heller

    September 18, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Judi Kaufman has trouble remembering numbers. So the two-time brain cancer survivor, who is now living with her third tumor, assigns colors to numbers to help keep them straight.

    The system is simple and intuitive: zero is white, 13 is black. Eighteen -- chai -- is red.

    "Red is the...

  • Health - Take the Bite Out of Dental Health Pains

    By Abigail Green

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Since most Americans lose their dental insurance benefits when they retire, the majority of people over 65 pay out of pocket every time they visit a dentist. Medicare does not cover routine dental care (nor does Medicaid in most states) and more than 80 percent of older Americans...

  • Where Have All the ‘Safe’ Drugs Gone?

    By Dr. Marc Siegel

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the fall, my Vioxx patients fled to Celebrex. The other day they fled to Aleve. Now they don't know what to do.

    Now that it was discovered that patients taking naproxen (Aleve) for three years had a 50 percent increased risk of heart disease, my patients want to know if any...

  • Celebrating Survivorship

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Cancervive is among the sponsors of Celebrate Life, a festival for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles patients past and present, on the occasion of National Cancer Survivor's Day. Taking place on Saturday, June 12 ,10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the L.A. Live Steamers recreational area in...

  • Citizen Canine

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stephanie Poretz brings Sasha, her 13-year-old cocker spaniel, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center twice a week. Mark Ferber comes in with his beagle Miss Daisy. Beverly Byer brings down Brailley, her black lab who was rejected from guide dog school because of her bad hips.

    Since 1995,...

  • Cedars-Sinai Ministers to Spiritual Needs

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "A woman came into my office yesterday needing to make a decision about the amputation of her husband's leg," said Rabbi Levi Meier, the chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "It was a very difficult case, because her husband cannot give proper, informed consent, because his mind...

  • Beyond the Wall

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is a bright, sunny day at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. In her office, medical director Dr. Susan Schmidt-Lackner is sitting on the floor with one of her young patients -- not an easy feat for a tall woman in a long skirt, but the doctor is more interested in the...