| Apr 8, 2011
| 7:02 PM
UC Irvine has received a $5-million gift from a Newport Beach couple that will go toward building the campus' new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.
UCI officials announced the donation from philanthropists Julia and George Argyros on Thursday night at the...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 7:50 PM
Their goal was to "hit it out of the park."
The 2011 Pink Tie Ball, produced by the Orange County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, recently took place at Angel Stadium. The benefit event drew nearly 400 guests and netted $310,000, earmarked...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 4:18 PM
Workers at weight-loss surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign persuaded patients to have medically unnecessary surgeries and billed insurance companies for procedures that were never performed, a new lawsuit alleges.
Two women who...
| Jan 22, 2012
Several current or former workers for the people behind those 1-800-GET-THIN ads have made allegations about this weight-loss enterprise that government regulators should have gotten to the bottom of long ago. Taken together, the allegations are that...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 4:13 PM
IRVINE — Tina Williams, 68, moved here in 1970, when the mailing address was still Santa Ana.
"It was so attractive with the agriculture that we had all around," Williams said of moving into a new house in a largely undeveloped suburb. "There was...
| Sep 23, 2011
An Orange County woman has died after weight-loss surgery at a West Hills outpatient clinic, the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits,...
| Dec 14, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration has accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company of using misleading advertising in its promotion of Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, saying the billboard, radio and television ads underplay serious risks to patients.
| Feb 22, 2011
In 1960, a young inspector for the Food and Drug Administration faced down a powerful drug company by rejecting its application to sell a morning-sickness drug in the United States.
The company, Richardson-Merrell, griped about her repeated demands for...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:20 PM
Like most big companies, Irvine pharmaceutical giant Allergan Inc. likes to project the image of an upstanding corporate citizen. Indeed, it devotes several pages of its website to its purported good works.
Yet it's still proper to ask: When will...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 6:22 PM
The California Department of Insurance is investigating the business practices of Lap-Band surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign, according to insurer Aetna Inc.
The insurance giant said in a statement that it was...