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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.
August 9, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, said Friday that it received a second subpoena from the U.S. attorney's office in Washington state in connection with the company's anemia drugs. Amgen received the "supplemental" subpoena July 18 for documents regarding "the sales and marketing of our products, and our collection and dissemination of information" on the drugs' efficacy and safety, the Thousand Oaks company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
November 18, 2011 | Reuters
Amgen Inc., aiming to secure future sales of its flagship anemia drug Epogen as potential competition emerges, has reached new supply contracts with the two largest operators of U.S. kidney dialysis clinics. The Thousand Oaks biotechnology company said in a regulatory filing Friday that it had signed a seven-year contract to provide clinic operator DaVita Inc. with at least 90% of its anemia drug needs. Amgen also entered into a multiyear agreement, starting in January, to supply Epogen on a nonexclusive basis to Fresenius Medical Care, according to Amgen spokeswoman Christine Regan.
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