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August 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rowdy Gaines, who won three gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics, remains hospitalized in fair condition in Honolulu with a rare nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Gaines, 32, was hospitalized Aug. 9 after complaining of tingling in his hands and feet. Guillain-Barre syndrome can cause paralysis in the muscles of the trunk, arms and face. However, one of Gaines' doctors has said that the swimmer is not paralyzed.
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July 10, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The vaccine that protects against influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as swine flu, caused no increase in birth defects when given to pregnant women but did produce a very small increase in the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome when given to people older than 50, according to two new studies reported Tuesday. Overall, the studies show that the vaccination campaign conducted against the pandemic of the winter of 2009-10 was very safe. Pregnant women and the elderly, along with young children, are among those who are most susceptible to the swine flu, and to influenza in general.
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July 10, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The vaccine that protects against influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as swine flu, caused no increase in birth defects when given to pregnant women but did produce a very small increase in the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome when given to people older than 50, according to two new studies reported Tuesday. Overall, the studies show that the vaccination campaign conducted against the pandemic of the winter of 2009-10 was very safe. Pregnant women and the elderly, along with young children, are among those who are most susceptible to the swine flu, and to influenza in general.
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November 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The flu vaccine can slightly raise the already small risk of a potentially disabling neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome by about 45%, researchers have found, but they stressed the vaccine's benefits far outweigh its risks. Canadian researchers, writing in the Nov. 13 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, estimated that one to two people per million who get the flu vaccine will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome as a result.
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August 15, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rowdy Gaines, one of the swimming stars of the 1984 Olympics who last month set a master's world record in the 100-meter freestyle, has been struck with a rare disease of the nervous system and is in guarded condition in a Honolulu hospital. Gaines, 32, is undergoing treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological paralytic disorder of unknown cause, his mother Jettie said Wednesday night from Hawaii.
HEALTH
November 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The flu vaccine can slightly raise the already small risk of a potentially disabling neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome by about 45%, researchers have found, but they stressed the vaccine's benefits far outweigh its risks. Canadian researchers, writing in the Nov. 13 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, estimated that one to two people per million who get the flu vaccine will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome as a result.
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November 1, 2003 | From Reuters
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four-term president who directed his sweeping social policies from his wheelchair, probably suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome rather than polio, Texas researchers said Friday. Guillain-Barre is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It occurs after a mild infection, surgery or, rarely, after an immunization.
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April 18, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As most of her third-grade classmates stream out to the playground for recess at Palmyra Elementary School in Orange, third-grader Shaya Van Horn stays behind with four friends. "I don't like going outside because there are other people out there I don't know that stare at me more than my friends," Shaya says. Eighteen months ago, the auburn-haired 9-year-old rode her bike, roller-skated, swam, played tag--did all the things little girls do.
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April 27, 2009 | Shari Roan
Warren D. Ward, 48, was in high school when the swine flu threat of 1976 swept the U.S. The Whittier man remembers the episode vividly because a relative died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and the 1976 illness was feared to be a direct descendant of the deadly virus. "The government wanted everyone to get vaccinated," Ward said. "But the epidemic never really broke out. It was a threat that never materialized." What did materialize were cases of a rare side effect thought to be linked to the shot.
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October 15, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
A free flu vaccine clinic for people 60 and older will be offered Sunday in the Fellowship Hall of Placentia Presbyterian Church, 849 N. Bradford Ave. The clinic, offered through Placentia Human Services, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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November 1, 2003 | From Reuters
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four-term president who directed his sweeping social policies from his wheelchair, probably suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome rather than polio, Texas researchers said Friday. Guillain-Barre is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It occurs after a mild infection, surgery or, rarely, after an immunization.
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April 18, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As most of her third-grade classmates stream out to the playground for recess at Palmyra Elementary School in Orange, third-grader Shaya Van Horn stays behind with four friends. "I don't like going outside because there are other people out there I don't know that stare at me more than my friends," Shaya says. Eighteen months ago, the auburn-haired 9-year-old rode her bike, roller-skated, swam, played tag--did all the things little girls do.
SPORTS
September 3, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Rowdy Gaines, 32, was back in the hospital in Honolulu over the weekend for further treatment of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare nerve disorder, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
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August 15, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rowdy Gaines, one of the swimming stars of the 1984 Olympics who last month set a master's world record in the 100-meter freestyle, has been struck with a rare disease of the nervous system and is in guarded condition in a Honolulu hospital. Gaines, 32, is undergoing treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological paralytic disorder of unknown cause, his mother Jettie said Wednesday night from Hawaii.
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