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March 30, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Statin drugs, taken to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, also can cut the risk of developing dangerous blood clots that can lodge in the legs or lungs, a major study suggests. The results provide a new reason to consider taking these medicines, sold as Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor and in generic form, doctors say. In the study, Crestor cut nearly in half the risk of blood clots in people with low cholesterol but who tested high for inflammation. The same study last fall showed that Crestor dramatically reduced heart attacks, strokes and risk of death in these people.
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November 19, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
NeNe Leakes had a health scare, yes, but it wasn't a heart attack, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star said Tuesday.  "My arms are hurting wit these IV's #blessedtobealive," the reality TV star and actress tweeted Monday with a photo of her arms laden with tubing and tape.  On Tuesday, the 45-year-old clarified the situation with a post on her official website. "Late last week I wasn't feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out," Leakes wrote.
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February 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A new blood clot study finds that flying economy class is not any riskier than first class , as sometimes thought, but sitting by the window seems to play a role, because it makes people less likely to leave their seats. Still, even on long flights (four hours or more) the risk for most people is extremely low, an American College of Chest Physicians' committee reported. For details, go to http://www.chestjournal.org . . . . Salt Lake City retail shopping scene undergoes a major upgrade March 22 with the opening of City Creek Center , a shopping and dining destination downtown.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Singer Austin Mahone was hospitalized this week for what is being reported as a blood clot, extremely high fever and inflammation, according to several reports. The YouTube sensation, who spent his summer touring with pop crooners Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, had a 104-degree fever when he was hospitalized Thursday morning and is being treated for a blood clot, "extreme inflammation" in his throat, and severe dehydration, his rep told E! News and TMZ. There is no word on what caused the emergency, TMZ said . PHOTOS: Musicians' onstage snafus The "What About Love" singer shared a photo of himself Thursday in a hospital gown and hooked up to a an IV. "I've never felt so bad," the 17-year-old wrote . The illness also caused the postponement of his MTV Artist to Watch Presents tour to 2014, following the postponement of his Miami and Orlando shows earlier this week.
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November 19, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
NeNe Leakes had a health scare, yes, but it wasn't a heart attack, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star said Tuesday.  "My arms are hurting wit these IV's #blessedtobealive," the reality TV star and actress tweeted Monday with a photo of her arms laden with tubing and tape.  On Tuesday, the 45-year-old clarified the situation with a post on her official website. "Late last week I wasn't feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out," Leakes wrote.
SCIENCE
August 28, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Since tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 for the dissolution of blood clots in the brain that cause strokes, it has been the primary treatment for stroke victims. But it has several limitations. In most cases, it must be used within three hours after the stroke to be effective, although in some cases the crucial window can be extended to 4.5 hours. It is also often not effective in dissolving larger blood clots.  On 2004, the FDA approved the first mechanical system for removing clots from the brain, the Merci Retrieval System.
TRAVEL
January 14, 2001 | BLOOMBERG NEWS SERVICE
The debate about whether blood clots on cramped, long-haul flights are common occurrences continues, but one thing is clear: The so-called economy-class syndrome is becoming fodder for lawsuits. Two Britons are suing British Airways, Europe's biggest airline, and Airtours, Britain's No. 2 travel company, after suffering blood clots on flights, the Evening Standard newspaper reported last week.
NEWS
July 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Teamsters President Jackie Presser, stricken with brain cancer and hospitalized with a lung clot, had a clot-catching screen implanted in a vein below his kidneys, a hospital spokesman said Friday. Presser's vital signs were good after the surgery Thursday, Lakewood Hospital spokesman David Hopcraf said. The 61-year-old labor leader was hospitalized just hours after the government filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York to break the Mafia's alleged domination of the 1.6-million-member Teamsters.
HEALTH
January 15, 2001 | EMMA ROSS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Amid growing concern over whether cramped airline seating on long-haul flights causes deadly blood clots in the legs, medical experts say the real culprit is passengers sitting still for too long. Reports of passengers dying from clots right after a long flight have mounted in recent months, prompting Australia's two biggest airlines to announce plans this week to print warnings on tickets.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2004 | Denise Gellene
The Food and Drug Administration approved Biosite Inc.'s Triage D-Dimer test, which allows emergency-room physicians to detect potentially deadly pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots in the artery that leads to the lungs from the heart. The approval comes as Biosite's biggest product, Triage BNP, a test used to diagnose and assess the severity of a heart attack, faces increased competitive pressures.
SPORTS
August 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since a June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday night, give up four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before deciding when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Jason Vargas will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the Angels left-hander for three weeks to a month. Vargas, who was put on the disabled list Friday with a 6-4 record and 3.65 earned-run average in 14 starts, will not throw for at least two weeks. Once he resumes throwing, he should have enough arm strength to return after a few bullpen sessions and a minor league start or two. "We're all relieved this was caught, not for a guy coming back to pitch but for a guy needing a procedure for a condition that could be very serious," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Angels pitcher Jason Vargas will undergo surgery this week to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the left-hander for three weeks to a month. Vargas was examined Monday by Dr. Peter Lawrence of the UCLA Medical Center. Lawrence confirmed the initial diagnosis and recommended surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Russell Montgomery. Vargas, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a 6-4 record and 3.65 earned run average in 14 starts, will not be able to throw for at least two weeks.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. And we're going through the right channels.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose, then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. " Vargas is scheduled to be examined by a doctor at UCLA on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
English neo-folk band Mumford & Sons have postponed three American concerts this week after their bassist, Ted Dwayne, was hospitalized on Monday with a blood clot in his brain. The Grammy-winning group, responsible for ubiquitous hits such as "I Will Wait" and "The Cave," announced the news on its website Tuesday morning. "Our friend and bandmate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment," said a joint statement from the group.
SPORTS
January 22, 1992 | From Associated Press
Pat Baldwin, a sophomore who starts at point guard for Northwestern, will sit out the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his right shoulder. Baldwin will remain hospitalized through the weekend because of the clot and will be on blood-thinning medication for three to six months. "He cannot play while he is on medication, and our concern right now is Pat's welfare," Coach Bill Foster said Tuesday. "We're happy it was discovered and that he is being treated." Baldwin has averaged 11.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2006 | From Reuters
A trial of Eli Lilly & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Evista found that patients given the treatment had a reduced incidence of bone fractures and breast cancer but were more likely to suffer fatal strokes and blood clots. The UC San Diego study of 10,000 women found that among every 1,000 patients taking the drug for 10 years, seven more would have fatal strokes than those on placebo, raising the risk by 49%.
SCIENCE
February 7, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
New research is raising doubts about a popular form of stroke therapy that aims to snatch a blood clot from a patient's brain and restore vital blood flow before serious damage is done. In clinical trials presented this week at the American Heart Assn.'s International Stroke Conference, researchers found that use of these devices did not improve health outcomes for stroke patients who made it to the hospital in time to use a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. The devices, first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2005, have taken the stroke community by storm and are widely used in stroke centers across the country to clear clots that have cut off blood to the brain.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday evening after doctors treated her for a blood clot that had formed behind her ear. "Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery," Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of State, said in a statement. "She's eager to get back to the office, and we will keep you updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days.
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