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April 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
July 12, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
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.
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.
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 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
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 | JOAN LIBMAN
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."
March 3, 2003 | Valerie Ulene, Special to The Times
When asked to participate in a recent blood drive, several women I know volunteered immediately as donors. To their great surprise, two were turned away -- not because their blood was dangerous to others, but because they were anemic. Both women immediately followed up with their doctors and learned that their anemia was caused by iron deficiency.
April 27, 1988 | United Press International
Rep. John J. Duncan (R-Tenn.) was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and diagnosed as suffering from anemia, a spokeswoman in the congressman's office said Tuesday. She said Duncan, 69, was admitted Sunday on the advice of the House physician, and will remain hospitalized for about two weeks.
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