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November 21, 1994
Rock musician David Crosby was in critical but stable condition Sunday after undergoing a seven-hour liver transplant operation, said a spokesman for UCLA Medical Center. "I was pleased with the way Mr. Crosby's surgery proceeded," said Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, director of the Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant Center and Crosby's surgeon. "As with all transplant patients, we will watch his progress closely for several days and I am optimistic that he will do well," Busuttil said.
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January 17, 2014 | By Richard Simon
In Long Hill Township, N.J., authorities have used just about everything - divers, K-9 units, helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and scores of volunteers on horseback and on foot - to search for David Bird. The Wall Street Journal reporter, 55, who covers energy markets, hasn't been seen since Jan. 11, when he left home for a short walk. He was wearing a red jacket, bluejeans and sneakers, and left without his cellphone or his medication, which he is required to take twice a day. "This has really got everybody very concerned,: said the Rev. Victoria McGrath of All Saints Episcopal Church, where a prayer vigil for Bird earlier this week ended with the crowd singing, "He's got David Bird in his hands.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Lou Reed is recuperating after a liver transplant that saved his life, said the New York rocker's wife, Laurie Anderson, in an interview published Saturday in the Times of London. "It's as serious as it gets," Anderson told the newspaper of the operation, which Reed had in Cleveland. "He was dying. You don't get it for fun. " In March the former Velvet Underground frontman, 71, canceled a handful of West Coast performances, including his planned appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Vevet Underground drummer Maureen "Moe" Tucker reflected on friend and former bandmate Lou Reed in an appreciation published this weekend by British newspaper the Observer .  Reed, 71, died in October of complications from a May liver transplant. "It's just dawning on me that he's not out there anymore," Tucker wrote in the piece, which chronicles her first meeting with Reed as well as how the Velvets transformed her from a simple pop drummer into one trafficking in the avant-garde.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Norman Smith, who has liver cancer, was placed on the transplant list at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last year. But early this year, doctors removed him because he was using medical marijuana and failed to show up for a drug test. To get back on the list, Smith, 63, has to spend six months avoiding medical marijuana, submitting to random drug tests and receiving counseling. He is still undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for the cancer, which recently returned after being in remission.
SPORTS
August 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ron Rickard has attended 215 consecutive Raiders games since moving to California in 1985, but the super-fan known as "Raider Ron" has had plenty of help to get there. Rickard, who grew up in Kentucky and adopted the Raiders as his team as a 9-year-old, needs a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C. Time is running out on a fatal prognosis that in December gave him only months to live. Without insurance, it's been an uphill battle for the Garden Grove resident, one that Raiders fans have been willing to join.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Doctors in Miami halted liver transplant surgery on the leader of Greece's Orthodox Church because his cancer appeared to have spread into his abdomen. Archbishop Christodoulos, 68, was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in June after undergoing intestinal surgery, but it was not known that it had spread. Doctors said a transplant was not possible because anti-rejection drugs would fuel the cancer tumors' growth.
NEWS
April 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Liver transplants may now be paid for by Medicare, federal officials said Friday. The transplants, usually costing more than $135,000, will be covered at hospitals that have demonstrated experience and good survival rates, and will be allowed for patients with a "critical need" and a "maximum likelihood" of recovery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2005 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
A climate of "fear and retribution" existed within the now-shuttered liver transplant program at St. Vincent Medical Center, keeping staff members from speaking up about a major breach in national transplantation standards and prompting them to falsify documents as part of a coverup, according to a new federal report. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in its stinging 99-page report, found serious deficiencies at St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Alan Zarembo and Robert J. Lopez
The surgeon who ran the liver transplant program at St. Vincent Medical Center was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly covering up the misallocation of a liver -- a significant breach of transplant rules that prompted the hospital to close the program four years ago. Dr. Richard R. Lopez Jr., 54, is accused of lying to national transplant officials and directing his staff to falsify records involving a September 2003 transplant....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By August Brown
Lou Reed left behind one of the most influential catalogs in music, spanning his Velvet Underground records and decades of solo work and collaborations. But he also left behind something more immediate -- his will and estate . The 71-year-old died Oct. 27 of complications from a liver transplant. He had no children, and his considerable estate will be divided among his immediate family. The will leaves his Manhattan penthouse, East Hampton home and the majority of his estate to his wife, the musician Laurie Anderson.
SPORTS
August 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ron Rickard has attended 215 consecutive Raiders games since moving to California in 1985, but the super-fan known as "Raider Ron" has had plenty of help to get there. Rickard, who grew up in Kentucky and adopted the Raiders as his team as a 9-year-old, needs a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C. Time is running out on a fatal prognosis that in December gave him only months to live. Without insurance, it's been an uphill battle for the Garden Grove resident, one that Raiders fans have been willing to join.
SCIENCE
July 3, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists trying to use stem cells to grow organs in the lab have been going about it the wrong way, Japanese researchers say. Instead of trying to make a fully functional organ to transplant into a patient, they should create an immature version and let it grow inside the patient's body. The researchers, from Yokohama City University, showed that their approach can make a human liver that performs essential liver tasks when placed inside a mouse. They described their experiments in a study published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Lou Reed is recuperating after a liver transplant that saved his life, said the New York rocker's wife, Laurie Anderson, in an interview published Saturday in the Times of London. "It's as serious as it gets," Anderson told the newspaper of the operation, which Reed had in Cleveland. "He was dying. You don't get it for fun. " In March the former Velvet Underground frontman, 71, canceled a handful of West Coast performances, including his planned appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2012 | Valerie J. Nelson
Fervor for the television show "Dallas" was intense in 1980, when the Queen Mother met actor Larry Hagman and joined the worldwide chorus asking: "Who shot J.R.?" "Not even for you, ma'am," replied Hagman, who portrayed villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing at the center of the popular prime-time soap from 1978 until 1991. An estimated 300 million viewers in 57 countries had seen J.R. get shot by an unseen assailant, a season-ending plot twist that is credited with popularizing the cliffhanger in television series.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Would you share your organ donor status on Facebook?  You share what you're making for dinner, how your garden grows, where you're going on vacation and every moment of it, those embarrassing Vegas photos, your family connections, your marital status and your religion. And when your friends say share a post to raise awareness about cancer , you update your status for an hour. But what about your organs? Mark Zuckerberg is hoping you will. On "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and company Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is letting those U.S.- and U.K.-based users among its 900 million members add whether they're an organ donor to their timelines and the story behind the decision to become one. There's also a link to the official donor registry for those inspired to become a donor.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
Medical errors tend to occur more frequently at night and on weekends due to increased sleepiness, shortage of staff and a variety of other factors. Overall, such errors represent a significant problem for the medical community. A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine showed that all medical errors -- including daytime errors, as well as night and weekend mistakes -- cause as many as 98,000 deaths each year and cost as much as $29 billion annually. Transplants are considered a source of concern by many experts because the surgeries occur when organs become available, and that is just as likely to be at an off-hour as during normal business hours.
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