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

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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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Save Saddleback Formed to Fight Closure of San Clemente Medical Center's Emergency Room

A new group is fighting the planned closure of a hospital emergency room in San Clemente.
A nonprofit has been formed to fight the planned closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente's hospital bed and emergency room services, and a former district attorney has been retained to consider possible litigation to stop the move, it was announced Thursday.

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Jesse Jackson and Fellow UCI Ebola Panelists Agree All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

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Jesse Jackson makes a point at UCI Wednesday about people who want affordable healthcare for themselves but not Obamacare for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 7:30 A.M.: During the discussion and exchange with audience members at Wednesday's UC Irvine law school panel on "The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises," dean Erwin Chemerinsky said, "It's important that constitutional decisions be based on scientific information and not fear."

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Medical Marijuanist "Dr. J" Wijegunaratne Told to Stop Practicing Due to Sexual Assault Claim

An Anaheim Hills-based doctor who practices out of a medical marijuana clinic and goes by "Dr. J" (get it?) has been court-ordered to stop practicing medicine while he is out on bail for the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. But here's the deal with Dr. Sri Jayantha Wijegunaratne: He's already out on a bail in a separate case that accuses him of having defrauded Medicare by prescribing powered wheelchairs to patients who did not need them.

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UCI Law's Erwin Chemerinsky and Michele Goodwin Tell Obama to Act on Organ Shortages

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There just aren't enough parts to go around.

UC Irvine School of Law founding dean and nationally known constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, UCI Chancellor's Professor of law Michele Goodwin and 300 health and transplant professionals, religious leaders, legal scholars and ethicists are calling on President Barack Obama to take action on "easing a critical and worsening shortage of transplantable organs that results in thousands of American deaths every year."

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Ebola Outbreak in Liberia Spurs Massive Food Drive by San Clemente's Kids Around the World

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Volunteers pack food at a previous Kids Around The World event.

About 500 volunteers are gathering in San Clemente Saturday to pack 250,000 high protein meals that will be shipped to starving communities in Liberia, where the Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people.

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Caretaker Jose Reyes Calderon Allegedly Raped Disabled Female Patient

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Don't answer if it's you-know-who.

A 56-year-old caretaker at a long-term healthcare facility in La Palma is accused of raping a disabled woman.

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Michael D. Drobot of Pacific Hospital Fame Files $50 mil Defamation Suit Against Lawyers

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Michael D. Drobot, plaintiff
Obviously tired of being the target of state and federal investigations and defendant in various legal matters involving his Pacific Health Corp.Healthsmart Pacific, Michael D. Drobot is now suing some opposing lawyers for $50 million for alleged defamation, his lawyers announced Thursday.

The lawsuit alleges attorneys Brian Kabatek and Robert Hutchinson and the law firms of Kabateck Brown Kellner, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy and Knox Ricksen falsely claimed in broadcast news reports that then CEO Drobot and his Pacific Hospital of Long Beach directed surgeons to install "counterfeit" screws in "thousands" of spinal-surgery patients.

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Ebola Expert Panel at UC Irvine TONIGHT

Andrew Noymer, UCI associate professor of public health, moderates "Ebola: What You Should Know."
On Friday, UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange was among five University of California hospitals identified by the state Department of Public Health as a priority hospital for the treatment of any Ebola cases that arise in the state.

Tonight, the UCI campus in Irvine brings together experts to discuss what the Ebola virus is, how it spreads and what is being done to prevent UCI Medical Center from having to treat any Ebola cases.

The public is invited to "Ebola: What You Should Know," which brings together experts in the fields of virology, disease ecology, epidemiology, health economics and infectious diseases.

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Sweaty Do-Gooder Weekend: Stop Diabetes Tour de Cure SAT., PILF 5K Race Judicata SUN.

American Diabetes Association OC/Jax Bicycle Center

Leave it to Uncle Clockwork to lay out your weekend exercise/do-gooder plans, which start Saturday morning with Stop Diabetes movement's third annual cycling event, Tour de Cure, and continue Sunday morning with the UC Irvine School of Law's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) 5K Race Judicata.

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