St. Joe Nurses Demand Better Ebola Prep

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Got Ebola?

Registered nurses will come calling on the CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange at noon to demand improved Ebola preparedness standards for patients, RNs and other caregivers.

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Eradicating Disease-Carrying Mosquitos is UCI Talk Subject as Yellow Fever Mosquitos Arrive

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Views of an adult yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti)

How is this for a coincidence? The same day vector control officials announced the discovery of yellow fever mosquitoes in Los Angeles County, UC Irvine promoted a lecture on a strategy to eradicate disease-spreading mosquitoes worldwide.

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This Liberia Flight to Orange County Requires No Mask or Hazmat Suit, Only Flipflops

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Flights arrive at John Wayne Airport from Africa?

Could you imagine being herded through an arrival corridor at John Wayne Airport, catching this electronic message board out of the corner of your eye and doing a double take over the second on-time arrival, from Liberia, home of Ebola?

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3 Orange County Wedding Tales: Something Bold, Something Donated, Some Things Stolen

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A major life event turned Tara and Dyland Tortarolo's recent wedding into a sobering cause.

Call this a tale of three recent Orange County weddings and, fittingly, we'll start with the one that has a life at stake.

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Dr. Carl Schultz of UCI Med Center Downplays Terrorist Spread of Ebola. As for Smallpox ...

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Where does it hurt?

"While in theory it looks like biological weapons would be great ... [it's a] lot harder to implement than you would think."

-Dr. Carl Schultz, a professor of emergency medicine (with emphasis on disaster medicine and terrorism) at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, when asked recently about the possibility of terrorists spreading the Ebola virus in the United States.

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A Call for Making Arrested Development's Orange County Imagine/Imaging a Reality

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The Bluth and nothing but the Bluth

Further proof that Orange County is a Bizarro World version of Arrested Development's Orange County (or Arrested Development's Orange County is a Bizarro World version of Orange County) comes in a MemorialCare Health System announcement Monday.

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UCI Public Lecture on Fighting Diseases Like Ebola Can't Come Soon Enough

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With the first reported case of Ebola in the United States now a cause for alarm (at least among the teevee news anchors), the only thing one wishes about the first presentation of UC Irvine Physical Sciences' annual Breakfast Lecture Series is that it was sooner. Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn is scheduled to discuss innovative vaccine approaches to combat diseases like Ebola on Tuesday.

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Richard Alan Nolan, "Monster" Nurse Who Preyed on Males, Finally Gets 34 Years to Life

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Richard Alan Nolan is finally off to prison.
In a case marked by court delays, a male nurse has finally been sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting three male patients.

Two of the men were medically incapacitated at the time they were victimized by Richard Alan Nolan, 49, of Buena Park, in 2009. Nolan falsely identified himself as a doctor in July 2010, when he masturbated a man receiving a physical. The licensed vocational nurse was arrested on Aug. 18 of that year by Anaheim Police detectives.

A jury found Nolan guilty of the crimes on June 21, 2013, but due to various moves by the defense final sentencing did not happen until Friday, prompting someone close to a victim to proclaim, "Justice is finally served!"

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Akinola Afolabi Gets 30 Months for Billing Medicare $2.6 mil for Unneeded Equipment

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Big money flowed from the government.
A Long Beach man who used to own a medical equipment supply company--and pleaded guilty in August 2013 to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving unnecessary power wheelchairs--was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution. Akinola Afolabi, the ex-owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply, paid "marketers" to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that he used on the false medical documents, prescriptions for the chairs and claims for benefits. Some beneficiaries did not even receive the equipment or any medical supplies that were on the bills Afolabi submitted to Medicare--to the tune of about $2.6 million.

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Is Queen of the Birfers Orly Taitz Orange County's First Known Enterovirus-68 Victim?

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Orly Taitz claims she must wear a positive pressure oxygen machine mask like this.

Four sick children in Ventura and San Diego counties have been confirmed by state health officials to be the first Southern California victims of enterovirus-68, a rare respiratory virus. But could victim No. 5 reside right here in Orange County? Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/"The Lucy Ricardo of Law"* Orly Taitz is not a child but, according to documents she filed in federal court in Texas, she likely contracted a respiratory infection from a kid in the country illegally. An this is based from a courtroom expert-for-hire who believes Taitz makes a great case for the spread of enterovirus-68 by border crossers.

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