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June 10, 1994
* Thomas Witty has joined Viratek Inc., the Costa Mesa drug development company, as director of diagnostic research. Witty's work will focus on developing diagnostic tests for genetic diseases. Witty was most recently with Biocircuits Corp. in the San Francisco Bay Area.
November 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
Abbott Laboratories Inc., the nation's largest maker of medical diagnostic tests, agreed Tuesday to pay a $100-million fine and stop selling more than 100 products until it corrects repeated violations of federal quality rules. The company's violations date to 1993, said the Food and Drug Administration, which sought a consent decree to settle the issue because Abbott did not correct the problems despite six years of government inspections and warnings.
July 2, 2007 | Valerie Ulene, Special to The Times
Advertisements can be very persuasive -- whether they're promoting a snack food, a toy or even a medical test. If you've watched much television lately, you may have seen a commercial touting the benefits of a relatively new screening test for cervical cancer. Its message is unambiguous: "A Pap test isn't enough." The advertisement encourages women to get tested for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus known to cause cervical cancer.
For the second time in six days, boxer Tommy Morrison was hit with a blow more devastating than any he ever took in the ring. Shortly after 1 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Morrison, surrounded by family, friends and associates on his ranch in Jay, Okla., was told that the result of a blood test administered by his chosen physician was the same as that determined last week by the Nevada State Athletic Commission: HIV-positive. But this time, Morrison's knees didn't buckle.
November 3, 2008 | Anna B. Reisman, Reisman is a general internist in Connecticut.
In August, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-sponsored panel of medical experts, issued new recommendations regarding prostate cancer screening: Men ages 75 and over should no longer be screened for prostate cancer with the PSA blood test or digital rectal exam. An unexpected benefit may be an improvement in the doctor-patient relationship. The rectal exam can be one of the odder moments between a patient and his doctor.
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