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Here's a twist: our departed Michelle Woo reported last year on lawsuit where a worker at a 1-800-GET-THIN clinic alleged her employers covered up details of a surgical procedure that ended with the death of Ladera Ranch's Paula Rojeski. Now, the West Hills clinic where the procedure was performed ... More >>
Max Page, the 8-year-old actor who in 2011 starred as "Little Vader" for Volkswagen in one of the most memorable Super Bowl ads ever, is using the force for good.He's scheduled to appear at a Saturday gala where he'll donate some money he's made from commercials to Saddleback Memorial Medical Cente ... More >>
An attorney, an accountant, and two medical center administrators walk into a bar . . . oops, that should be behind bars--for their roles in the nation's largest medical fraud prosecution. Four people who should have known better Thursday became the latest Unity Surgical Outpatient Center muckity-mu ... More >>
Kevin Griffith was diagnosed with a rare cancer (Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma) in February, and the Aliso Viejo 29-year-old's family discovered he would require multiple international surgeries.So, they've turned to the Internet for help.
[Hey, You!] So don't kill me, bro
[Ask Exene] Giving birth isn't the be-all and end-all of being a woman
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach is cheering the success of the first surgery to repair the bent beak of an American White Pelican whose jaw was out of alignment. When the call came in about "Nigel," as the Pelican has been nicknamed, it had lost weight, its wing was tangled ... More >>
After several starts and stops, Catherine Kieu Becker finally entered another not guilty plea today to slicing off his estranged husband's penis as he was waking up, throwing the member into the garbage disposal and turning it on. That means she still could have done it, as she supposedly admitte ... More >>
Paula RojeskiCredibility has been rapidly shrinking for the executives behind the 1-800-GET-THIN campaign (you know the one), and now, a new lawsuit alleges that the business they're running is a "huge, lucrative and criminal enterprise." In the lawsuit, posted here by the Los Angeles Times ... More >>
A woman who was a "capper"--one who illegally recruits healthy patients to undergo unnecessary and often dangerous surgeries so medical practices can earn health insurance payments--was sentenced today to a year in jail for her role in what prosecutors call "the largest medical fraud prosecution ... More >>
Coming to a billboard near you. Los Angeles Times reporters have been staying on top of Lap-Band clinic practices like that maple bacon donut stays on top of your would-be waistline. The Lap-Band, of course, is Allergan's surgically-implanted weight-loss device obnoxiously ... More >>
Medina-PerezUPDATE, AUG. 5, 10:19 A.M.: As expected, amended charges have been filed against 24-year-old Oscar Raul Medina-Perez in the death of Leovardo Vera Bustos, who died from brain injuries two weeks after taking a single punch in front of La Barca Night Club in Stanton on July 5.However, ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 28, 4:04 P.M.: Snip away. A Superior Court judge has ruled that the measure to criminalize circumcision in San Francisco violates both the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom, and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures solely a state matter, not a fu ... More >>
Medina-PerezUPDATE, JULY 26, 7:44 A.M.: 24-year-old Westminster resident Leovardo Vera Bustos has died from the brain injuries suffered after sustaining a single punch in front of La Barca NIght Club in Stanton on July 5.Bustos fell backward, hit the ground hard, lost consciousness and never reg ... More >>
They give awards to movie stars, schoolteachers and even rodeo ropers, so why not your friendly neighborhood cutter?Why not, indeed. They handed out hardware to plastic surgeons Saturday night in Las Vegas, site of the first Aesthetic Awards.The big winner of the night hailed from Orange County.
In another attempt to expand the fatty pool for its popular Lap-Band devices, Allergan Inc. is now targeting a younger set. The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow the weight-loss surgery for those as young as 14, the Los Angeles Times rep ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 5:33 P.M.: Prosecutors today charged Leno Casini in the caregiver theft case that has already led to charges against the 56-year-old Laguna Niguel resident's wife. The husband is now charged with two felony counts each of accessory after the fact and receiving stolen property an ... More >>
Allergan Inc., which is already rolling in it thanks to remedies such as Botox, Latisse and Natrelle breast implants, aims to roll in even more of it by increasing the fatty pool for its Lap-Band weight-loss devices.The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company wants the government to decrease the mini ... More >>
UPDATE: She'll apparently be back on the campaign trail tomorrow (see end of post) . . . The Carly for California campaign issued a statement Wednesday morning indicating cancer survivor Carly Fiorina was hospitalized due to an infection tied to her past reconstructive breast surgery.While Fiorin ... More >>
Andrew YoussefU2 at the Rose Bowl, October 25, 2009.Speaking of cancellations, U2 just canceled their June 3 concert in Salt Lake due to Bono's emergency back surgery. Can the Anaheim dates for Sunday and Monday, June 6 and 7 be far behind?
Jay BrockmanYou want a brand spanking new set of breasts to replace your old implants, with a little liposuction on the side, but you don't have the $12,000 to pay for the surgeries. What do you do?
Taitz photo by John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyThe two most powerful women in America.The cluster of attorneys general filing suit against the federal government to stop the just-passed health-care reform bill aren't alone in their battle.We'll give you one guess on who else has taken up their cause.
Balboa Bay Club
Dr. Gary RheinschildFor "Long and Short of It," Salon.com's Aug. 2, 1999, story on botched penile enlargement surgeries and the, ahem, lengths patients must go to if they safely want to increase the size of their members, reporter Michael Easterbrook turned to an Anaheim Hills urologist for exper ... More >>
marosh / Flickr / Creative CommonsThis might sting a little.St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and UCI Medical Center in Irvine will both face administrative fines from the California Department of Public Health, the department announced today. Each fine is $25,000, and comes as a result of "a det ... More >>
Merle Haggard's concert at the Grove of Anaheim, scheduled for Dec. 4, has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. The official line is the show was scrapped due to "health issues;" the beloved country legend had surgery this Monday to remove a cancerous growth from his right ... More >>
A Benefit for Alex
A Long Beach patient sues Dr. Brian West over a tummy tuck she claims went awry
Many of Dr. Brian West's patients didn't know he was in the state medical board's substance-abuse-diversion program. At least six of them claim they're paying the price
Make sure those D cups runneth over
'Why do young Chicanos keeps imitating blacks?'
A dispatch arrives from the cutting edge of science, where the wonders never cease: Tongue made from buttocks A Polish man who had his tongue removed has had a new one made using tissue taken from his buttocks. Jarislav Ernst, 23, from Gliwice, now has a functioning tongue made from his backside a ... More >>
Amazingsurgeries.com plays hide the virtual salami