August 2, 1994 |
Drug maker Carter-Wallace Inc. told doctors Monday to take their patients off the epilepsy drug Felbatol after two people who took it died from a serious form of anemia, a development that led to the company's stock losing a third of its value. The Food and Drug Administration and the company said 10 patients contracted a rare and frequently fatal affliction called aplastic anemia, in which the bone marrow stops making blood cells.
April 8, 1998 |
The National Academy of Sciences recommended for the first time Tuesday that large segments of the population take vitamins. All women of childbearing age should take a daily folic acid supplement to cut the risk of serious birth defects, and all older adults should take daily vitamin B12 supplements to guard against anemia, the academy recommended.
April 21, 2000 |
A widely used new blood thinner that is routinely given to heart patients after angioplasty appears in rare cases to trigger a deadly blood disease. The drug, called clopidogrel (trade named Plavix) prevents blood clots and has been taken by more than 3 million people worldwide since its introduction two years ago. For the first time, doctors have linked the medicine to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, a dangerous form of anemia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1994 |
For thousands of people across the country with leukemia and other blood diseases, the chance of finding a life-saving bone marrow donor can be as little as one in 100. But for 17-year-old Lisa Mederos, the odds are closer to one in a million. It's not Mederos' illness--a potentially fatal type of anemia--that makes her chances so slim. It's her ethnicity.
June 25, 1998 |
Shares of Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, rose 6.5% as the government confirmed that Medicare will pay for the company's anemia treatment Epogen even if the drug boosts red blood cells over an earlier limit. Amgen's stock rose $4.06 to close at $66.75 in Nasdaq trading. The shares earlier hit a 52-week high of $67.25. Thousand Oaks-based Amgen could sell more Epogen because the federal government changed a 1997 rule on Medicare reimbursement for the drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1995 |
If enough people take a simple 15-minute blood test, Valerie Sun may be able to live a normal life. All day today, Valerie will be watching anxiously as potential donors line up on the Thousand Oaks High School campus for a screening test to see if their bone marrow matches that of the 13-year-old girl. Valerie has aplastic anemia, an often-fatal blood disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1999
With only a few exceptions, transfusions should not be given to critically ill patients--especially relatively young ones--until they are severely anemic, Canadian researchers report in today's New England Journal of Medicine. For reasons that are not yet clear, giving blood to patients who are only mildly anemic makes them more likely to die, the researchers found. The exceptions are patients who are bleeding or suffering from heart attacks, cardiovascular disease or emphysema.
February 7, 1985 |
Steve Crane, the sometime actor and restaurateur who was twice married to Lana Turner, died Wednesday at his home in northern San Diego County. Crane, who died just one day short of his 69th birthday, was the father of Cheryl Crane, whose fatal stabbing of Lana Turner's mobster-lover, Johnny Stompanato, made headlines in 1958.
April 18, 1989 |
Dr. Jay Goldstein of Anaheim Hills has spent the last five years researching and treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating disease characterized by incapacitating exhaustion and a range of other perplexing symptoms. Explaining his theory of an unknown retrovirus invading the immune system, inducing cells to produce a chemical transmitter affecting the entire body, Goldstein pauses. "You know," the family practitioner says, "some very respected physicians will tell you I am crazy."