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How a Toy Puppy Brightens a Fading Past

Posted on 07/15/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI began hearing the dog’s squeaky bark after a few days of being transferred from West Hills Hospital to the nearby Topanga Terrace complex for physical therapy. I was to undergo a healing program after a bout with pneumonia and other potentially fatal problems. It was a faint yap that emerged out of the dim shadows down the hall at about 2 in the otherwise muted sounds of a quiet morning.  The slightest noise awakens me, especially unexpected disturbances, and …

How It Feels to Walk Again After 4 Months

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI took the first step of my new life today. It was only kind of a baby shuffle, but, by God, to me it was the dawn of a new morning. It had freedom written all over it. I was at last feeling able to dump the walker that had helped me amble around the house and I was ready to walk, really walk, as any reasonably mature Homo sapiens should. That first step was accomplished just a few mornings …

An Old Dog Scratching at the Door

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI feel like an old dog who has been wandering aimlessly through the streets of Los Angeles, and finally, worn and hungry, has decided to come home again, scratching at the door to get in. Well, I may be that weary old hound in some ways, but it has not been a joyful, or even relaxing, drift down the avenues and up the alleys. For almost three months I have been hospitalized with pneumonia, internal bleeding, a severe diabetic attack, …

CDC: Hospital Infections Kill 200 Patients a Day

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients go to a hospital to get better, not to get an additional infection that makes them sicker or even kills them. Yet every day more than 200 Americans will die from an infection they developed during their hospital stay, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although the CDC’s newest data show some improvement in the number of these hospital-acquired infections, they are still a major problem. According to the government’s survey of 183 hospitals in 2011, …

Find Out Whether Your Hospital Has Too Many Readmissions

Posted on 08/6/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs your hospital’s revolving door turning too quickly? Each year, more than a million Americans wind up back in the hospital within 30 days after leaving for reasons that could have been prevented. That includes one in five Medicare hospital patients. Medicare has begun penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates for patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia — new categories will be added in the future — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

When the Death Certificate Fudges the Facts

Posted on 07/2/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen I was a police reporter in a small town in Texas, writing about a man’s shooting death, I asked to see his death certificate. The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. “He was shot. How could it be cardiac arrest?” I asked the local law-enforcement official. “Apparently, his heart stopped when the bullet entered it,” was the sardonic reply. That was decades ago, but evidently an accurate cause of death on a death certificate is still a …