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November 15, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Statins, the popular cholesterol-lowering medications, appear to actually break down some of the blockage in clogged coronary arteries, researchers reported Tuesday. Doctors gave high doses of rosuvastatin (40 milligrams), atorvastatin or Lipitor (80 mg) to 1,385 people with evidence of heart disease and used ultrasound to measure the amount of plaque in their arteries. This was the largest study ever using this method to assess heart disease progression or recession. The patients were followed for two years.
January 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who lost his voice in a motorcycle accident 19 years ago rasped "Hello" and "Hi, Mom" just a few days after what is believed to be the first larynx transplant since 1969. Timothy Heidler, 40, could be speaking in a normal voice in five months or less, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic said. In a 12-hour surgery on Sunday, Heidler received the larynx, part of the trachea and 70% of the throat of an unidentified donor.
November 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Drug-coated stents raise the risk of potentially lethal blood clots in heart patients as much as fivefold compared with bare-metal devices, a Cleveland Clinic Foundation study has found. The researchers analyzed 14 studies involving 6,675 heart patients who received the two stent models sold in the U.S. Concerns about stent-related clotting first drew attention in September, when European doctors tied drug-coated stents to higher death rates.
July 25, 1988 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oil from cold water fish, shown by several studies to help prevent heart attacks, may work its magic by retarding a growth protein that promotes clogged arteries, a Cleveland researcher says. Paul L. Fox of the Cleveland Clinic Research Institute said that test-tube experiments showed that oil extracted from the flesh of fish that live in cold water decreases levels of a protein called the platelet-derived growth factor.
October 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Allergic reactions to the natural rubber in condoms and protective gloves raise health concerns and could prevent some people from following the rules of safe sex, a dermatologist said last week. In one documented case, a woman developed hives and suffered respiratory problems within minutes after engaging in intercourse using a latex-based condom, said Dr. James Taylor of the Cleveland Clinic, author of an article published in this month's Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
July 25, 1989 | From Times wire services
Browns fullback Kevin Mack pleaded innocent today to drug-trafficking charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and was allowed to remain free on $2,500 bond. Mack, 26, who was arrested June 28, stood with his hands folded in front of him before Judge William E. Aurelius. He was indicted July 10 on one felony count each of cocaine possession, cocaine trafficking, possession of criminal tools, and using a motor vehicle for drug abuse.
August 14, 1989 | From Times wire services
A Sept. 18 trial date has been set for the cocaine trafficking case of Cleveland Browns running back Kevin Mack, his defense attorney, Gerald Golden, said today. Mack, 26, was arrested June 28 in his car at a Cleveland street corner. He was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury July 10 on one felony count each of cocaine possession, cocaine trafficking, possession of criminal tools and using a motor vehicle for drug abuse. If convicted on all counts, Mack could face up to 20 years in prison.
May 4, 1986 | --Compiled from staff and wire service reports
Heart surgeons commonly use a vein removed from the patient's leg when performing the coronary bypass operation. But a study at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation of 6,000 patients has demonstrated the superiority of using a blood vessel in the chest called the internal mammary artery instead of the leg vein, according to Dr. Delos M. Cosgrove III. The difference became apparent as early as three years after surgery when the leg veins began to clog, the study showed.
June 28, 1990
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are administering daily doses of radiation to the left arm of former San Francisco Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky in an effort to avoid amputation, clinic spokesman Marian Mosley said Wednesday. Dravecky, of Youngstown, Ohio, started the daily treatments Monday and will be treated for about two weeks as an outpatient, Mosley said.
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