August 28, 2012 |
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.
January 14, 2001 |
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.
July 2, 1988 |
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.
January 15, 2001 |
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.
December 3, 2004 |
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.
January 22, 1992 |
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.