April 27, 2001 |
A key study pointing to the effectiveness of high-dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants in treating metastatic breast cancer was based on faked data, cancer experts said Thursday. The American Society of Clinical Oncology announced that an unscrupulous South African researcher, Dr. Werner Bezwoda, has led thousands of women with breast cancer to undergo expensive, debilitating and often fatal bone marrow transplants.
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March 28, 1999 |
Giving the gift of life just about killed bone marrow donor Lina Joy. In a rare complication to an increasingly common procedure, Joy, 44, of Paramount, contracted a staph infection in her marrow after the tissue was extracted from her pelvis at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange two years ago. The ensuing treatment--including 65 days of hospitalization--brought her near death several times. She suffered liver, colon and kidney failure, and fell into a deep coma.
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April 8, 1991 |
By successfully treating a little-known disorder that is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy, researchers are gaining valuable insight into an entire class of chronic neurologic conditions, including Parkinson's disease. The disease, known as Segawa's dystonia, may afflict as many as 10,000 people in the United States but often goes unrecognized. Like cerebral palsy, the crippling disorder is marked by tremors and rigidity.
July 23, 1998 |
Prompted by questions about patient privacy rights, House Republicans considered but rejected a delay in a program to give every American a computer identification number to track health care from birth to death. In a 1996 law, Congress directed the Clinton administration to implement the plan. But the administration has moved slowly, fearing sensitive information about health and medical treatments could land in the wrong hands.
June 27, 1990 |
Emerging from years of internal strife and public scandal, the Scientology movement has embarked on a sweeping and sophisticated campaign to gain new influence in America. The goal is to refurbish the tarnished image of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and elevate him to the ranks of history's great humanitarians and thinkers. By so doing, the church hopes to broaden the acceptability of Hubbard's Scientology teachings and attract millions of new members.
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December 21, 1995 |
A medicine approved last month to treat AIDS also shows promise against hepatitis B. The drug, 3TC, suppresses the hepatitis B virus in people with chronic infections, stopping its damage to the liver, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. About 1 million Americans are thought to be infected with hepatitis B, which, left untreated, can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer in a small portion of victims.
February 10, 1997 |
She would have a tough time, she thought, but she'd get through to this family sitting before her. As head of a hospital pediatric intensive-care unit, she considered herself highly skilled at communicating hope when it existed, futility when it didn't. Hers wasn't an easy task, but she'd been doing it for 15 years. Sometimes she saw miracles, sometimes she saw kids pull through, but she'd also seen lots of misery. There had been no shortage of misery. This case among them.
March 6, 1990 |
The doctor who treated Hank Gathers after he fainted during a game Dec. 9 said Monday that the Loyola basketball star was healthy enough to play. "There was no debate as to what Hank was able to do," said Michael F. Mellman, an internist with Centinela Hospital Medical Center and a team doctor for the Dodgers and Kings. "In my mind he was physically capable to go out and play. But there was concern as to what Hank's problems were.
March 9, 1989 |
Gallstones, a health problem believed to afflict up to 25 million Americans, can be dissolved in many cases quickly and safely with the help of a solvent widely used as an octane enhancer in gasoline, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today. The experimental therapy, described in the New England Journal of Medicine, is one of several novel approaches to gallstones that experts hope will revolutionize gallstone treatment and eliminate the need for hundreds of thousands of surgeries.