- - Sunday, December 19, 2010


Rainfall triggers accidents, mudslides

LOS ANGELES — A wet pre-winter storm dumped as much as 7 inches of rain on parts of Southern California over the weekend, causing scores of accidents, a few minor mudslides and forcing the cancellation of Sunday’s final seven horse races at Hollywood Park.

Rainfall that began Saturday morning continued relentlessly throughout Sunday and wasn’t expected to let up until sometime Monday. It was expected to resume again Tuesday, continue through Wednesday and then, after a brief break, return on Christmas Day, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.

A flash-flood warning was in effect for parts of Southern California, particularly mountain areas burned in recent years by wildfires.

In Northern California, the San Francisco Bay area caught only a portion of a powerful storm system, the National Weather Service said, although the weather was blamed for a series of scattered power outages in the area.


Rural areas lack children’s doctors

CHICAGO — There are enough children’s doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none.

Nearly 1 million children live in areas with no local children’s doctor. By moving doctors, the study suggests, it would be possible for every child to have a pediatrician or family physician nearby.

There should be more focus on evening out the distribution than on increasing the overall supply of doctors for children, said lead author Dr. Scott Shipman of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, N.H. “I worry that it could get worse,” Dr. Shipman said.

Mississippi had the highest proportion of children (42 percent) in low-supply regions, defined as areas with more than 3,000 children per children’s doctor. Next were Arkansas, Oklahoma, Maine and Idaho. Areas with an abundance of children’s doctors were Washington, D.C., and Delaware, which had no children living in low-supply regions.

The study appears Monday in the journal Pediatrics.


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