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February 2, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bladder cancer, a killer disease that is notoriously difficult to diagnose, can be detected with 95% accuracy by a new test that finds abnormal genetic material in the urine. Dr. David Sidransky of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said the simple urine samples can be analyzed for the presence of abnormal DNA that is a telltale sign of cancer. This DNA abnormality appears at a very early stage of tumors--a time in the disease process when there is a high likelihood of cure, he said.
April 8, 2014 | By Shan Li
Drugmakers Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. were ordered to pay a total of $9 billion in punitive damages after a Louisiana jury decided the companies did not disclose cancer risks of their diabetes medicine Actos. Japan-based Takeda said Tuesday that it was ordered to pay $6 billion in punitive damage, and Eli Lilly, which helped promote the drug, was ordered to pay $3 billion. The jury also awarded the plaintiffs nearly $1.5 million in compensatory damages.  Takeda was accused in the suit of failing to warn users of the medication that research had linked Actos to increased risk of bladder cancer.
May 14, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
A state health report on the incidence of cancer in nine census tracts located near Rockwell International's Santa Susana Field Laboratory will be released at the end of June, officials said Monday. The date of the report's release has not been determined, said Robert L. Holtzer, a public health officer with the state Department of Health Services. The census tracts covered in the report are within a five-mile radius to the north of the lab site.
October 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bacteria used to vaccinate people against tuberculosis are more effective than a standard chemotherapy drug for treating a common type of bladder cancer, doctors from 46 U.S. medical centers have concluded. The vaccine is made from the bacteria Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG), which gives tuberculosis to cows and is used to prevent the disease in humans.
Federal officials said Tuesday that they will pay for a state health study of toxic releases from Rockwell's Santa Susana laboratory following disclosure Monday of preliminary data showing elevated rates of bladder cancer in nearby Canoga Park and Chatsworth neighborhoods. Approval of the study "is a done deal," Department of Energy official Roger Liddle said, although he added that he was not sure if state health authorities will get the entire $341,361 they have requested.
November 16, 1987
A drug activated in the body by light can destroy cancer without harming normal tissue, say U.S. doctors who experimented with the therapy in China. In a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital described their use of the treatment to help people with bladder cancer. Similar applications of this approach, called photodynamic therapy, have been used to treat tumors of the lungs and esophagus, as well as recurring breast cancer.
January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, who has anchored "Face the Nation" since 1991, says he plans to step down from the Sunday morning political talk show with the inauguration of a new president. The start of a new administration next January provides a natural transition, he said. "That's when I'll stop doing what I'm doing now," Schieffer, who turns 71 next month, said in an interview this week. "But I'll still have some relationship with CBS, at least I hope so." Schieffer has talked retirement before.
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