CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1992 |
Two types of experimental surgical procedures have significantly improved the conditions of patients with Parkinson's disease, surgeons said here Wednesday. Two teams of researchers independently reported that in a total of 11 patients, grafts of fetal tissue obtained during abortions sharply reduced tremors and rigidity and increased control of limb functions.
January 23, 1990 |
With abortion rights advocates riding a wave of favorable public opinion in California, anti-abortion lobbyists and lawmakers are quietly devising a legislative strategy they hope will turn the tables and put the pro-choice side on the spot. The opponents of abortion realize that a majority of Californians, asked in the abstract, favor a woman's right to choose abortion.
April 11, 1990 |
The state Supreme Court, hearing a pivotal case from the emerging field of biotechnology, was asked Tuesday to grant medical patients a broad new right to share in profits from the commercial use of their bodily tissues. The lawyer for a leukemia survivor whose cancerous spleen was removed and used in research urged the justices to open the way for a landmark lawsuit that pits a patient's claim over surgically removed organs against the asserted interests of scientific research.
January 23, 1993 |
With a stroke of a pen, President Clinton marked the 20th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on Friday by dismantling a series of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Administration abortion restrictions, only hours after tens of thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators rallied across the street from the White House.
November 26, 1992 |
Bob Orth had been a telephone lineman in Santa Rosa for more than 20 years when he started developing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. By the time he had been on the job 30 years, he felt forced to retire "because I wasn't doing the job properly anymore." In retirement, the situation worsened. Parkinson's "plays games with you," he said Wednesday. "Sometimes you are almost normal, other times you are very bad.
March 26, 1991 |
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the ruling of a California court that a hospital patient does not own rights to tissues taken from his body, even if they prove immensely valuable to scientists. The high court action ends a financial threat to the burgeoning field of biotechnology. By genetically altering human cells, medical researchers have been able to produce new treatments for a variety of ailments including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis and ulcers.
August 2, 2008 |
A German farmer who lost his arms in an accident has been successfully fitted with two new limbs in what is believed to be the first complete double arm transplant, his surgeons said. Reiner Gradinger, medical director at the Munich University Clinic, said doctors spent 15 hours last week attaching the arms to a 54-year-old man who had lost his just below the shoulder six years ago. "The reattachment appears up to now to have proceeded optimally," Gradinger said, adding the patient was recovering well.
October 9, 2008 |
A German farmer who received the world's first complete double arm transplant said incredulity gave way to joy when he woke from surgery and saw he had arms again. Karl Merk, 54, lost his arms just below the shoulders in a combine accident six years ago. He told reporters at the Munich University Clinic, "It was really overwhelming when I saw that I had arms again." Merk is recovering well nearly three months after his operation and can perform simple tasks such as opening doors and turning on lights.
November 19, 2008 |
Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own bone marrow's stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs. The case of tuberculosis patient Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old Colombian living in Barcelona, was published online today in the medical journal the Lancet. Scientists and doctors in Italy and Britain stripped the cells off a donor windpipe, leaving only a tube of connective tissue, and produced millions of cartilage and tissue cells from Castillo's marrow to cover it. Once they were in place, the trachea was transplanted into Castillo in June.
April 21, 1994 |
The need for organ donors is well-known, thanks to dramatic stories of lives saved because generous people willed their hearts, kidneys or other vital organs. Less well-known is the need for other human tissue--such as bone, skin, ligaments, tendons and heart valves. Every year, about 400,000 Americans receive some type of human tissue transplant, says Barbara Wilks of the American Red Cross, Los Angeles. Donated tissue can correct a variety of problems.