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April 15, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A shortage of the chemotherapy drug cytarabine is threatening the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in children around the country, with some hospitals rationing supplies of the drug and others turning away new patients. Cytarabine is a key ingredient in the drug cocktails given to such children. "Without it, most patients die," Louis J. DeGennaro, chief mission officer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, told Bloomberg News . "There's really no substitute for cytarabine in those chemotherapy regimens.
April 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sidney Harman, a philanthropist, polymath and pioneer in high-fidelity sound for homes and cars who tried to resuscitate an icon of American journalism when he bought Newsweek last year, has died. He was 92. Harman died Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from leukemia, according to a statement from his family on the website of the Daily Beast, which Harman merged with Newsweek in November. He was married to former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, who resigned her seat in February to lead the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
March 9, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Kim Hill, whose childhood battle with leukemia was the catalyst for the creation of the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974, has died. She was 44. Hill died Saturday at UCI Medical Center in Orange, said her father, Fred Hill. Radiation treatments to overcome leukemia as a child had caused the formation of brain tumors as an adult, he said. FOR THE RECORD Kim Hill: The obituary in the March 9 LATExtra section of Kim Hill, whose childhood battle with leukemia was the catalyst for the creation of the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974, misspelled the name of the president and chief executive of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
January 15, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The heartache and redemption that infused the life and soulful voice of Etta James, steeling her to survive the hardest of times, seem to keep playing on for the blues and R&B great. FOR THE RECORD: Etta James: A headline in the Jan. 15 LATExtra section about a court dispute involving the family of ailing singer Etta James stated incorrectly that she is 70 years old. James is 72 years old. As James lies seriously ill in her suburban Riverside home, her husband and sons are locked in a court dispute over control of the singer's $1 million in savings.
November 3, 2010
Shannon Tavarez Young actress in 'Lion King' Shannon Tavarez, an 11-year-old girl who starred on Broadway in "The Lion King" and whose battle with leukemia won the hearts of many, died Monday at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. She died of acute myelogenous leukemia, a type of leukemia common among adults but rare among children. Tavarez, who played the young lion Nala, received an umbilical-cord blood transplant in August. The procedure was performed as an alternative to a bone marrow transplant because a strong bone marrow match could not be found.
October 29, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Acute myeloblastic leukemia, or AML, sounds dire -- and it is. And rarely does it occur within the same family. But Jamie Botteon, who was diagnosed with AML after watching her brother die from the disease, is one of those rare cases. The disease is an aggressive and life-threatening form of leukemia that starts with the mutation of a single bone marrow cell. Researchers don't know why the cell changes, nor do they know why most people diagnosed with AML don't have any of the risk factors.
February 23, 2010 | T.J. Simers
It was just another promotional news conference, this one for an All-Star game in Angel Stadium months from now, maybe three or four media types showing up. But this is why this job is so cool at times, a morning to remember after catching up with Rod Carew . Never really knew the guy until the last few years. I tried interviewing him as a player and Gary Matthews Jr. would prove to be more approachable. "I grew up," says Carew in explaining the transition from being so standoffish to so obliging.
January 30, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
As she received blood transfusions at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center during the last two years, Alta Ray knew the treatment could save her life but didn't know whom to thank. The teacher and single mother of four from South Los Angeles, who was suffering from leukemia, had given blood in the past and knew the drill: Donors remain anonymous. Still, she felt connected to those who helped her. They were not just donating blood but platelets, the part of the blood that aids clotting.
January 7, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
Chase Crawford-Quickel, whose lengthy struggle with cancer was chronicled in his mother's blog, has died from complications of the disease, according to his mother. He was 20. Born in Laguna Hills in 1989, Crawford-Quickel was first diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer when he was 13, and with leukemia twice afterward. Nonetheless, he grew into a typical teenager with a dry sense of humor and the occasional eye roll, who never let his disease stop him from pursuing his dreams.
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