October 3, 2007 |
Elderly male heart patients are two to three times more likely than females to receive implanted devices that shock a malfunctioning heart back into normal rhythms, and white men are about a third more likely than black men to receive them, researchers reported today. Overall, only about a third of patients who are eligible for the potentially lifesaving implanted cardioverter defibrillators are actually getting them, according to a pair of studies in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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April 13, 2002 |
Jack K. Berman, 80, a San Francisco judge, socialite and civil rights advocate, died Thursday at a San Francisco hospital of head injuries suffered in a fall. Berman struck his head on the ground after he collapsed from a heart arrhythmia while playing tennis. Berman, a former husband of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), was born in San Francisco and earned bachelor's and law degrees from UC Berkeley.
May 17, 2012 |
FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : Did a Gatorade shower lead to the death of a Hall of Fame football coach? After leading the New York Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI earlier this year, head coach Tom Coughlin earned himself his second post-Super Bowl Gatorade shower (in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory, it appeared to be water/melted ice while this time around it was purple Gatorade). While the Gatorade shower is a notable tradition for coaches who just won the big game (a tradition popularized by the New York Giants during the 1980s, although not one invented by the Giants, as I established in a Football Urban Legends Revealed here )
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March 12, 2004 |
Robert D. Orr, 86, who championed education reform as governor of Indiana in the 1980s and later served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore, died Wednesday at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, said Mark Lubbers, former press secretary and longtime aide for the former governor. He said the cause of death was believed to be heart arrhythmia. Orr, a Republican, served two terms as lieutenant governor before getting the top job in 1981.
March 12, 2013 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that the widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- marketed as Zithromax and Zmax -- may cause potentially fatal changes in the heart rhythm of people who are taking medications to treat existing heart arrhythmia or who have a slower-than normal heart beat or magnesium or potassium deficiencies. Patients with a prolonged QT interval, a heart rhythm irregularity that is a risk factor for ventricular arrhythmias, also should avoid use of the antibiotic, the FDA warned . Azithromycin, one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, is used to treat bacterial infections such as ear infections in children, urinary infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease.
March 10, 1995 |
Sepracor Inc. is researching the removal of molecules that cause side effects in some of medicine's best-known drugs. Some of the company's most promising prospects, including the drug's brand name, generic name, purpose, side effects being removed and stage of development: Seldane: Terfenadine; non-sedating allergy pill; heart arrhythmia; patent issued, in final tests on people; launch target 1997.