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August 16, 2004 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Ovarian cancer is uncommonly deadly. Tumors aren't usually detected until the disease has spread beyond the ovaries, at which point only a third of patients survive more than five years. A promising blood test could change this bleak picture, enabling doctors to identify ovarian cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. "This has the potential of being an important advance," says Dr. Philip DiSaia, director of gynecological oncology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.
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.
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