Transgender Woman's Death After Silicone Party Raises Alarm with Cops, LGBT Officials

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Photo by flickr user Jose M. Ruiberriz
The quest for perfection continues.
You don't generally see a police department and Orange County's LGBT resource center sounding the alarm about the same thing, but that changed Thursday concerning the death of a 40-year-old transgender woman who'd attended a "silicone party" in Santa Ana.

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What Do Disneyland, Measles and Abortion Have to Do with Each Other?

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It's not getting vaccinated but what's in the vial, say anti-abortion groups.
Forget illegals, anti-vaxxers or Jenny McCarthy: A Washington, D.C.-based right-to-life group is blaming abortion for the spread of measles across the country by people who were at the Disney Resort in Anaheim in mid-December.

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2 More Orange County Measles Cases; 59 in State with 42 Linked to Disney Resorts: Update

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A boy after three days with a measles rash. This photo was created in 1963.
UPDATE NO. 6, JAN. 21, 3:58 P.M.: On the same day Orange County health officials revealed there are now two more cases of measles in the county, state health officials announced at a press conference there have been 59 confirmed cases in California since December, which 42 of them linked to initial exposure at Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure.

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Dr. Chan Woo Lee's License on Probation for Weight-Loss Treatments and Lying About Porn

Categories: Doctor's Orders

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By the numbers
The state Medical Board placed a Costa Mesa physician's license on five years probation over the care he gave to weight-loss patients and for being deceitful to an investigator that had asked him about accessing pornography on a hospital computer.

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Dr. Geoffrey D. Furman Reprimanded by State Medical Board for Role in Fatal Heart Attack

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Vitals.com
Dr. Geoffrey D. Furman
The California Medical Board has sent a letter of reprimand to a Santa Ana physician for his role in the death of female patient who suffered a heart attack.

Dr. Geoffrey David Furman, who specializes in family medicine, "failed to appropriately recognize and diagnose an incipient heart attack in a patient and obtain emergency treatment for her, resulting in her death," reads the Public Letter of Reprimand dated Dec. 24.

The letter further alleges Furman "failed to document this patient's medical history and treatment in a manner which would allow subsequent treaters to be adequately advised of her medical history."

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Michael Drobot of Pacific Hospital Workers Comp Scheme Sued by 2 Patients: Correction

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Pacific Hospital
Michael D. Drobot
CORRECTION, DEC. 31, 8:05 A.M.: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that two patients alleged Dr. Simon Lavi and Dr. Edward Kolpin had "engaged in a scheme" with Michael Drobot Sr. Actually, the two complaints filed in Los Angeles Superior Court only allege Lavi and Kolpin have been negligent in the care provided to the plaintiffs. The Weekly regrets the error.

Marshall Grossman, whose law firm represents Lavi and Kolpin, writes in an email that, "The doctors are of excellent repute and meet all professional standards" and that they "never had any reason to believe that the implant products utilized were unsafe, defective or non-complaint or wrongfully priced in any respect."

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Botulism from Heroin Spikes in Orange County

Categories: Doctor's Orders

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What was that the Beatles said about a warm gun?
Orange County Health Care Agency officials say three people have been hospitalized over the past month for botulism associated with injecting heroin--and that two of those folks wound up in intensive care.

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"Candy Man" Dr. Julio Gabriel Diaz Withdraws Guilty Plea to Prescribing Drugs in 20 Deaths

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OC Weekly archives
Dr. Julio Gabriel Diaz pleaded guilty to Judge Cormac Carney in January.
A physician dubbed the "Candy Man of Goleta"--because he allegedly wrote illegal prescriptions for a shitload of narcotics that prosecutors have tied to 20 patient deaths--was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to 11 felony counts in Santa Ana federal court.

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Dr. Charles Coonan Streit Disciplined by Medical Board for Removing Wrong Kidney

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Urological Medical Group
of North Orange County
Dr. Charles Coonan Streit
The California Medical Board has disciplined a Fullerton urologist for removing the wrong diseased kidney from a 59-year-old patient.

Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, a Urological Medical Group of North Orange County specialist who received three years probation from the board, had his medical license for 41 years at the time of the February 2013 2012 surgery at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.

Streit's patient, a federal prison inmate, emerged from the operation with his diseased left kidney intact and his healthy right kidney removed, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The patient had to undergo two more surgeries to correct the medical blunder.


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SEC Suspends Trading in Wholehealth Products of Anaheim Due to Dubious Ebola Test Claims

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Illustration by Mikael Haggstrom/public domain
Remember the board game Operation?
An Anaheim company that claimed to have developed a product that can detect the Ebola virus in hours instead of days was ordered to stop trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.

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