UCLA Medical Center

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UCLA: Nearly 200 May Have Been Exposed to Superbug

Outbreak linked to infected endoscopes

(Newser) - An outbreak of the drug-resistant superbug CRE has already killed two people and infected seven other patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and officials fear 179 others may have been exposed. UCLA believes the bacteria were transmitted through two specialized endoscopes that were inserted down patients' throats, reports... More »

Rehabbing LiLo Tired But OK

Actress just glad to be out of jail

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan is tired but well after her late-night transfer from a Lynwood, Calif., jail to a rehab clinic at the UCLA medical center. “She is in good spirits, but she is extremely tired," a source tells Radar . "Lindsay is just relieved to be out of jail.... More »

Johns Hopkins Tops Hospital Rankings

Mayo Clinic, UCLA follow in US News rankings

(Newser) - Johns Hopkins has been named America’s best hospital for the 19th year in a row, the Baltimore Sun reports. The closely followed US News & World Report rankings placed Hopkins first in rheumatology, urology, and ear, nose and throat; it was second in neurology and neurosurgery, geriatrics, gynecology, ophthalmology,... More »

911 Call: Jackson Wasn't Breathing

(Newser) - An emergency caller from Michael Jackson's home yesterday said he wasn't breathing or responding to efforts to revive him. The Los Angeles Fire Department released the audio of the 911 call today. The caller reported that Jackson—whose name he didn't use—was on a bed, wasn't breathing, and wasn't... More »

Michael Jackson Dead at 50

(Newser) - Michael Jackson died today after suffering cardiac arrest at home and arriving at the hospital in a deep coma, report TMZ and the Los Angeles Times. The King of Pop, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon after collapsing. A police rep said he was not breathing... More »

Fawcett: False Tab Reports Add Pain to Cancer

Actress describes sting designed to catch leakers to Enquirer

(Newser) - Farrah Fawcett’s battle with the prying media runs a close second to her battle with cancer. In an August interview with the Los Angeles Times published today, the actress slammed the National Enquirer’s often-inaccurate reporting of her condition and describes a sting she and her doctors designed to... More »

Culkin Sister Hit by Car, Dies

(Newser) - Macaulay Culkin’s older sister, Dakota, died yesterday at UCLA Hospital after being hit by a car the night before, E! reports. She was struck by a vehicle when she stepped into a Los Angeles street; the driver attempted to help her, and police determined he was not under the... More »

Broken Pelvis Hospitalizes Reagan

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with a broken pelvis. A Reagan spokeswoman said Reagan "is in very good spirits" and surgery is not required, though it is not known how long she will be hospitalized. The 87-year-old former first lady fell at her home last week... More »

For Sale: Brit's $7.9M Breakdown Palace

Beverly Hills estate famous site of crazy scenes

(Newser) - Pop tart Britney Spears has put her six-bedroom Beverly Hills home on the market for $7.9 million, and you can almost hear champagne corks pop as neighbors rejoice, reports the Los Angeles Times. The manse, with mosaic tile floors, pool and spa, has been the site of paparazzi mob... More »

Japanese Mob Boss Gave $100K to UCLA

Goto rewards hospital after controversial kidney transplant

(Newser) - Suspected Japanese mob boss Tadmasa Goto donated $100,000 to UCLA just months after getting a liver transplant there, the Los Angeles Times reports. Goto was treated in 2001, a year when 186 people died waiting for livers in the LA area alone. The school has confirmed Goto’s donation,... More »

4 Japanese Gangsters Get UCLA Liver Transplants

FBI helped one crime boss with his visa

(Newser) - Four Yakuza gangsters, including one of Japan's most powerful crime bosses, had liver transplants at UCLA Medical Center between 2000 and 2004, the Los Angeles Times reports. Organs were particularly scarce in those years, with over 100 people on the waiting list dying each year. There is no indication that... More »

14 More Called Out for Medical Snooping

State says 68 people peeked at celebrities' files at UCLA center

(Newser) - Fourteen more staffers at the UCLA medical center have been accused of snooping in celebrities’ files, raising the number to 68, the Los Angeles Times reports. A new state report blames UCLA for its lack of privacy protection and for failing to report the snooping to authorities. It also provides... More »

UCLA Medical Center Snoop Indicted

Woman accused of selling stars' medical records to tabloids

(Newser) - A former UCLA Medical Center employee has been indicted for snooping in the medical records of the stars and selling the information to tabloids, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lawanda Jackson is accused of making thousands from the sale of information about celebrities including Farrah Fawcett and Maria Shriver. She... More »

Nosy UCLA MDs Got Off Easier Than Other Staff

Some of the non-docs who peeked at Britney's files were fired

(Newser) - The MDs who wrongly looked at Britney Spears’ medical records while she was being treated on two occasions at UCLA hospitals have gotten off easier than other staff, the Los Angeles Times reports. Of the at least 53 snoopers, 18 non-doctors retired, resigned, or were dismissed, but none of the... More »

UCLA Worker Snooped in Farrah's Files

News of star's recurring cancer was leaked to tabloid

(Newser) - A UCLA staffer sneaked peeks into actress Farrah Fawcett's confidential health records and apparently leaked information on her treatment for cancer to the media, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sensational headlines about Fawcett's illness subsequently turned up on the website of the National Enquirer before the star had a chance... More »

UCLA Staff Peeked Into Brit's Records

Hospital moving to fire 13 after second wave of Spears snooping

(Newser) - A California hospital is trying to terminate some 13 employees, and has already disciplined others, for poking around in Britney Spears’ medical records, the Los Angeles Times reports. The firings come after bosses at UCLA Medical Center specifically warned employees about unnecessary perusal of patient files on the morning of... More »

Britney Checks Out of LA Hospital

Pop star quietly leaves psych ward; Spears' next step uncertain

(Newser) - Britney Spears was released today from the psychiatric ward at a Los Angeles hospital, just six days after entering the facility under an intense media spotlight. The pop diva avoided the glare today, slipping out of UCLA Medical Center amid a throng of private security. Spears was possibly headed for... More »

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