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HEALTH
March 22, 2010 | By Marc Siegel, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Mercy" NBC 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 Episode: "I'm Fine" The premise: Nurse Chloe Payne ( Michelle Trachtenberg) is taking care of Molly, an 11-year-old who has been admitted to Mercy Hospital with right upper-quadrant abdominal pain and intractable vomiting. When Molly suddenly develops a heart arrhythmia (ventricular tachycardia), Dr. Joe Briggs ( James Van Der Beek), the hospital's ICU chief, shocks Molly back into a normal rhythm with a defibrillator.
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BUSINESS
August 30, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of liver damage in patients taking alli, the only nonprescription weight-loss drug approved by the agency. Regulators say they have received more than 30 reports of liver damage in patients taking alli and Xenical, the prescription version of the drug. The reports, between 1999 and October 2008, included 27 hospitalized patients and six who suffered liver failure. Alli and Xenical are marketed by British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, although Xenical is manufactured by the Swiss firm Roche.
MAGAZINE
August 15, 1999
Hats off to Scott Harris for a well-informed article about Dr. Ronald Busuttil, a man to be praised and admired for his work in a medical field dear to my heart--and liver ("God's Right Hand," July 11). As a grateful recipient of a donor liver at UCLA Medical Center last April, I'm feeling good and have a new lease on life. (I also have a soul mate, an infant, with whom I share my donor liver. While Dr. Busuttil operated on the baby, Dr. Mark Ghobrial "installed" my liver.) The economics of organ supply and demand are cruel, giving life to some and denying it to others.
OPINION
January 6, 2007
Re "Transplant deaths at USC a puzzle," Dec. 29 Why haven't we read that liver transplantation is one of the great achievements of modern medicine and the only curative option for patients with end-stage liver disease? That these are the sickest patients ever to undergo surgery, and that most donor organs are nowhere near perfect? That more patients' lives are saved by liver transplantation in Southern California than in any other region in the country? Although all healthcare institutions should be held to the highest standards, we must recognize that liver transplantation is the last and only resort to save dying patients with liver disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1987
The headline in the newspaper article ("Bruce Wayne Alcohol Level Above Limit, Report Shows," Oct. 24) gave the impression to the casual reader that Bruce Wayne was guilty of drinking and then flying his airplane. Orange County Crime Laboratory criminalist Marty Breen's analysis and conclusions of Wayne's blood alcohol content left out a very important factor: Wayne suffered from a "deteriorating liver." This fact was determined at autopsy and mentioned in the same article. Now, since the liver is the organ for alcohol breakdown, can standard tables, based upon a normal healthy adult with a functioning liver, be fairly and accurately used for comparison in Bruce Wayne's case?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 | By Titania Kumeh, Los Angeles Times
Wade Gong's sister was 28 when she first felt a deep pain near the side of her stomach. Then she noticed the lump. The Chinese immigrant was uninsured, so she didn't go to the hospital right away. When she finally did, it was too late. She was in the late stages of liver cancer caused by hepatitis B, a silent virus that had been assaulting her liver since she was born. An Amherst graduate and math whiz who lived with her brother and parents in Rosemead, she died six months after being diagnosed.
OPINION
May 6, 2012
Re "Hepatitis a new worry for baby boomers," May 2 In the late 1960s I was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching school in Uganda. I became ill and required blood transfusions. Fast forward 30 years and I'm donating my own blood for surgery. Imagine my surprise when the Red Cross informed me that I had hepatitis C, something I had never heard of. I had contracted it from those long-ago transfusions. Once my initial panic subsided, I was fortunate to find an excellent heptologist who eventually persuaded me to undergo treatment.
HEALTH
August 20, 2001
The report on a new way of identifying heart disease via more sophisticated cholesterol testing requires further scrutiny ("A New Tool in Identifying Heart Disease, July 30). It indicates that a total cholesterol of 239 is high and under 200 is desired. But many people experience a fatal heart attack with a cholesterol under 200. Cholesterol is required to transport antioxidants throughout the body, and is needed to produce hormones and moisturize the skin. The liver produces cholesterol and most drugs to control cholesterol intentionally cause liver malfunction.
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