April 19, 1991
Gabriel Celaya, 80, the post-Civil War poet who became a leader of literary protest against the right-wing dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco. Celaya worked as an industrial engineer in his family business before publishing his first book of poems, "La Marea del Silencio" ("Tide of Silence"), in 1935. Civil war broke out a year later and in 1939 conservative forces overthrew the second Spanish republic, ushering in Franco's long dictatorship.
May 6, 1997 |
Arterial Vascular Engineering wants to be close to your heart--literally. The Santa Rosa company makes products for use in coronary balloon angioplasty operations. Arterial Vascular also makes stents, which are wire mesh devices that hold open a blood vessel after an angioplasty or other minimally invasive treatment of arteriosclerosis. Angioplasty, cheaper and less intrusive than traditional heart surgery, has steadily grown in popularity.
November 16, 1989 |
Only the night light illuminated David Werner when his daughter discovered him, a foot-long kitchen knife plunged in his neck, a pool of blood beneath his deathbed. Deborah Ann Werner would tell police that she came home that April night to find their Mission Viejo townhouse helter-skelter--a toppled chair blocking the front door, lamps knocked down, the kitchen table upturned.
December 16, 1987 |
Trimedyne, a Santa Ana maker of medical lasers, said Tuesday its president, Michael R. Henson, has resigned as president and chief executive of the company that he has led for five years. Henson, 42, said he voluntarily tendered his resignation, effective Jan. 31, because he has achieved his goal of guiding the young company to profitability. "I'm an entrepreneur, a start-up person," Henson said.
July 18, 1988 |
When Carl Lewis charged last year in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. that world-class athletes have died from the use of performance-enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids, skeptics told him to name one. He could have named Birgit Dressel. Dressel, a West German heptathlete, finished fourth in the European Championships and was ranked No. 6 in the world in 1986. On April 10, 1987, she died after three days of agonizing pain in a Mainz, West Germany, hospital. She was 26.
May 2, 1986 |
Trimedyne Inc. said Thursday that within 90 days it will begin marketing its laser catheter in the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden for treatment of arteriosclerosis in leg arteries. The three countries are the first to approve the new Laserprobe-PLR device, which uses a tiny laser beam located at the end of a catheter to vaporize fatty deposits blocking leg arteries. At present, bypass surgery and amputation are the primary treatments available to treat the disease.
November 14, 1993 |
Exercising your blood vessel muscles may help to keep your arteries healthy as you grow older, a noted heart researcher says. A study indicates that vigorous training may retard medial arteriosclerosis, a stiffening of the arteries that comes with age, according to Edward G. Lakatta. Lakatta differentiates between this condition and atherosclerosis, the clogging of arteries by fatty deposits. Either can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
January 28, 2002 |
In the summer of 1984, Jim Fixx appeared very much in his prime. The author of the 1977 bestseller "The Complete Book of Running" had transformed himself from an overweight, chain-smoking young man into an exemplar of good health--and inspired millions to do the same. He was running 10 miles a day. He was playing tennis. He was 52, famous and very fit. And one Friday, while traveling in Vermont, he decided to go for a run.
March 1, 2004 |
People who have high levels of cholesterol may be able to drink their way to a healthier heart using sterol-fortified orange juice. Plant sterols are thought to limit cholesterol absorption in the intestines, thereby reducing the amount that could clog arteries. They were put in fatty foods such as margarine and salad dressings because scientists thought the fats would help the sterols be better absorbed.
August 3, 1988 |
Booming sales of Trimedyne's medical laser catheters boosted the Santa Ana company's earnings to a record $1.5 million for the third quarter ending June 30. Profits increased sixfold from $203,000 a year earlier. Third-quarter sales were $8.3 million, more than double last year's $3.8 million. "(The results) surprised a few of us," said Dana Nickell, the firm's vice president of finance and chief financial officer. "We're growing at a tremendous rate."