In a recent train derailment in North Dakota, several hundred people were injured by the release of toxic fumes. However, under a current federal statute patients may not have the normal legal recourse available to injured patients.
Dr. Benjamin Levine of East Brunswick, New Jersey has been arrested for allegedly molesting a female patient. He was convicted of molesting nine women in 1996 and had previous charges dating back to the early 1990’s on other molestation of patient charges. He was arrested in December, 2005 for practicing medicine without a license.
San Diego Padres Pitcher Undergoes Procedure for Heart Blockage
Relief pitcher Doug Brocail, 38, underwent an angioplasty and stent placement today for a near total blockage of the main coronary artery feeding the heart.
NorthBay hospital in California has reopened its operating rooms after a several week shutdown after successfully battling a fly infestation. Hospital officials had concerns about sterility with flies swarming in the operating room, although they pointed out that the particular species of fly was not known to carry disease. The hospital kitchen was also cleared of the infestation.
A man in Asheville, North Carolina allegedly shot and killed a kidney specialist after his son, who was a patient in the doctor’s group practice, died recently. Dr. Jeffrey Ling was shot and killed by two bullets in an exam room. The patient who died, Michael Beaver, had a long history of medical problems and first lost his kidney function at age 11. He had been hospitalized recently with a stroke and died at the age of 25.
Dr. Frederico Castro-Moure was wrestled to the ground by three sheriff’s deputies and arrested after he became belligerent outside of an operating room in Alameda County, California. A respected doctor with no history of disciplinary problems, the neurosurgeon reportedly became agitated while waiting for surgical instruments to be sterilized.
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