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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.
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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
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drunk driver Keith Cook killed Jadine Russell with his speeding truck as surely as if he had gunned her down--and neither the Azusa woman's beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness nor her refusal to take a blood transfusion should save Cook from a murder conviction, a prosecutor told a Pomona Superior Court jury Monday. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge in Pomona told jurors that they should expect to begin deliberating prickly issues of medicine, religion and the law Monday in the death of a Jehovah's Witness who refused blood transfusions after being hit by a drunk driver and died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would be "ridiculous" to suggest that a devout Jehovah's Witness died solely because she declined a blood transfusion and not because of injuries sustained when she was run over by an alleged drunk driver, a medical expert testified Friday in the vehicular murder trial of Keith Cook. The testimony of Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fascinating convergence of religion and the law brought the media in force to a Pomona courtroom Thursday, where a jury must decide if a suspected drunk driver killed Jadine Russell, or her refusal of a blood transfusion did. As the vehicular murder trial of Keith Cook entered its second day, his attorney tried to show that Cook was not as drunk nor driving as fast as the prosecution suggests; and thus was not murderous when his truck plowed into Russell's car March 7.
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