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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | Associated Press
The Jehovah's Witnesses will continue to reject members who defy the group's prohibition on most blood transfusions, an official said. Spokesman James Pellechia dismissed news reports that the long-standing policy had been reversed as being misleading. The group acknowledges that it has ended its practice of excommunicating members who receive blood transfusions. But Pellechia said that a Jehovah's Witness who has a transfusion automatically "revokes his membership."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000
Transplants of umbilical cord blood are as effective as bone marrow transplants in saving the lives of childhood leukemia victims and others whose ravaged immune systems must be restored, an international team of researchers reports in today's New England Journal of Medicine. Umbilical cord blood appears more likely than marrow to work when the donor and the recipient are unrelated, according to the team from the University of Wisconsin and the Paris-based Eurocord-Cord Blood Transplant Group.
HEALTH
September 13, 1999 | JANE E. ALLEN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Imagine that your daughter is about to have her tonsils removed. Everything's arranged, right down to your family leave and her school makeup tests, but then the hospital calls and says all elective surgery is being postponed because there isn't enough blood if an emergency transfusion is needed. Fiction? Or prediction?
NEWS
March 28, 1999 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The discovery that it is safe--and sometimes better--to cut back on blood transfusions for critically ill patients may have effects far beyond the obvious ones of blood and money. It could open the way for more studies of whether common sense makes medical sense, said Dr. Gordon R. Barnard, chief of critical care service at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Common sense would say that a normal red-cell count is better than a low one, but the work directed by Dr. Paul C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
A judge delayed sentencing until March 12 for an Azusa man convicted in the death of a Jehovah's Witness member who refused a blood transfusion on religious grounds after she was hit by the drunk driver's truck. An attorney for Keith Cook, 32, persuaded the judge to delay sentencing to allow a probation department report to be completed that may be considered in sentencing. Pomona Superior Court Judge Reginald Yates also rejected a motion for a new trial by Cook's attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
February 6, 1999 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Next week, the curtain will rise on a spectacle without precedent in French history: a former prime minister on trial for involuntary manslaughter. It is a day Edmond-Luc Henry, 49, and other hemophiliacs in France who carry the AIDS virus have awaited for more than a decade.
NEWS
December 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal advisors said the U.S. should consider barring blood donations from people who lived in or visited Britain because of concerns about mad cow disease. The worry is that these people may have eaten meat or meat products infected with mad cow disease and could be at risk for getting and transmitting new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, Food and Drug Administration advisors said. The FDA will now decide whether to direct blood banks to follow the panel's advice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pomona Superior Court jury convicted drunk driver Keith Cook on Friday in the death of Jadine Russell, rejecting the Azusa auto mechanic's claim that his victim caused her own demise when she declined a blood transfusion for religious reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1998
Following emotional closing arguments by a prosecutor and defense attorney Tuesday, jurors in Pomona Superior Court began deliberating whether alleged drunk driver Keith Cook killed Jadine Russell, or the Azusa woman caused her own death by refusing a blood transfusion. The jury must decide whether Cook, an auto mechanic, was guilty of second-degree murder for driving drunk and ramming into Russell's car on a dark, two-lane road.
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