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June 14, 2006
Re "Transplant Inequality: Death by Geography," June 11 The Times' presentation of the geographic imbalances that persist in transplantation illustrates nicely the challenges in seeking a balance of equity, geography and medicine. One geographic factor that merits consideration is that death rates, which are a crude but correlated predictor of potential donors, vary significantly across the country, with California's being 6.7 per thousand while Florida's is 10. Pulsatile perfusion can extend kidney storage time to 48 hours or longer following organ recovery and allow national allocation of perfect-match kidneys.
April 4, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Researchers studying the effects of immune suppressant drugs on  transplant patients with HIV have made a surprising discovery: A drug intended to hobble the body's defense system may actually help destroy dormant reservoirs of the virus that causes AIDS. In a paper published this week in the American Journal of Transplantation , authors found that when a small group of transplant patients received the drug sirolimus, they experienced a two- to threefold drop in HIV levels, whereas patients who received other immunosuppressants did not. "We were pleasantly surprised," said study coauthor Dr. Steven Deeks, an HIV expert and professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco.
May 13, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Retired UCLA professor Paul I. Terasaki, who spent three years in a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans and later became a world-renowned expert in organ transplantation, has pledged $50 million to the Westwood campus. The gift will fund a new life sciences building and an endowed chair in surgery. Terasaki, who is 80 and lives in Brentwood, said in an interview Wednesday that he owes much of his academic and business success to UCLA and wants to repay the school.
March 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Clostridium difficile is a dangerous infection that, as its name implies, is not always easy to treat successfully with antibiotics. In many cases, the infection is actually triggered by antibiotic use during hospitalization; the medications kill beneficial bacteria that keep C. difficile in check. Now, some doctors are treating the infection with a procedure called fecal transplant, an unappealing but extremely effective approach that involves transferring filtered stool from a healthy donor to a patient afflicted with the disease, to reintroduce the helpful gut bacteria.
December 25, 1995
One segment of the population will certainly benefit from Congress abolishing the federal 55-mph speed limit and, even more significantly, permitting the states to set their own motorcycle helmet regulations: ill patients awaiting organs for transplantation. Physicians have, for years, been attempting, through educational programs, to increase the number of organs available for transplantation. Now Congress has, unintentionally, accomplished this goal as greater highway speeds and unprotected motorcycle riders' heads will increase the number of highway accidents and deaths, and the number of organs useful for transplantation.
February 17, 2004
Re "A Son Crusades for Mom," Feb. 11: Physicians at Kaiser Permanente acted responsibly by referring Zevart Yedalian to the City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, to be considered for an autologous stem cell transplant. Kaiser Permanente had no role in establishing or applying the criteria for the City of Hope's clinical trials involving autologous stem cell transplantation. The City of Hope clinical investigators decided upon the specific criteria that needed to be met in order to ensure patient safety while attempting to determine whether in fact this unproven treatment had clinical benefit.
February 13, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A concoction invented at the University of Wisconsin appears to be much better for preserving livers awaiting transplantation into human recipients, and doctors hope the solution will someday give them more time for heart transplants. In an article last week in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
December 28, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
The strains of a Mexican pop tune wafted from a radio mounted on the planting rig being towed by a tractor across the farm field. Dragged behind on runners mounted with bucket seats sat a crew of eight planters, trays of cauliflower seedlings on their laps. As the odd assemblage moved along, the planters dropped seedlings into eight moistened holes punched into the rows by jets of water.
January 30, 1998 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO
The Doheny Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank is conducting an extensive review to determine whether any of the hundreds of corneas it recovered without family permission from the Los Angeles County coroner's office were unfit for transplant.
May 15, 1995
My grandson received a new heart today ("Transplant Gives Hope to Baby's Parents," May 10). Somewhere, someone had such great love that she/he/they broke free from the grief and anguish of losing a child and donated the heart that child could no longer use to my grandson. It was the ultimate gift--a life. Intertwined in this event has been the outpouring of caring help from and by the media. Media-bashing may be the vogue, but I saw and heard reporters and news-writers cry. I witnessed their care and distress.
February 17, 2014 | By Ben Poston
A year ago, I wrote about arriving in L.A. from the Midwest and biking to work despite initial concerns about decrepit streets, aggressive drivers and a general unease that the City of Angels just wasn't all that bike friendly. After a month in the city, I decided to give the bike a go and found it satisfying. I celebrated the quiet joys of commuting on a bike - the sights, the smells, the ability to explore the sprawling city on my own terms. The five-mile trip from Los Feliz to downtown was invigorating and a conversation starter at the office.
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.
January 11, 2014 | David Colker
When Elaine Redfield arrived in Fullerton in 1950, it was a culture shock. Mainly because, in her view, there wasn't much culture at all in Orange County. "When I came here, the county was a great wasteland, really, culturally and intellectually," she said in a 1979 Los Angeles Times interview. Redfield, who had visited Carnegie Hall and other famed concert venues while growing up in New York, was an arts lover who became an indefatigable arts activist for her new home region.
December 14, 2013 | Carly Milne, Milne is a Los Angeles freelance writer
Like a great lot of self-professed Angelenos, I'm a transplant. I was living in Northern California until the bursting bubble of the first dot-com boom, but my husband had grown up here. There was nothing left for us after the Internet dust had settled, so we found ourselves heading south. It wasn't a move I was overly enthused about, yet somewhere along the line, the city and its sprawl seduced me into an enduring affair I never expected. It started slowly. At first, we moved to the outer outskirts -- Rancho Cucamonga, to be exact -- and spent our time acclimating to the heat as we job-hunted in a direly dry economy.
November 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
September 20, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is an overcast morning Friday, and a tiny woman sits on a bale of hay outside a distant barn at Santa Anita. In the stall behind her is a giant race horse. Her name is Kathy Ritvo, his is Mucho Macho Man. She weighs barely 100 pounds. He stands more than 17 hands and weighs close to 1,200 pounds. They are the Mutt and Jeff of thoroughbred racing. She is the trainer, he the breadwinner. Each has a story of survival, but hers is more compelling. Plus, she tells hers better.
May 3, 1985
The American Diabetes Assn., Southern California Affiliate, applauds your editorial, which condemned the criminal break-in by the so-called Animal Liberation Front at the University of California at Riverside. Our association's primary goal is to find a cure for diabetes and to ease the suffering of the more than 12 million Americans who are afflicted with this disease. The three areas of great promise--the artificial pancreas, pancreas transplantation and islet-cell implantation--are dependent upon the availability of animal models before the procedures can be attempted in humans.
April 11, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A business dispute between two aviation companies at Van Nuys Airport is threatening emergency helicopter flights for injured and severely ill children from around Southern California to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The disagreement could result in flight delays or even cancellations, according to executives at Helinet Aviation, which owns and operates 15 helicopters at the airport. Flights carrying donated organs for transplantation could also be affected, Helinet executives said.
August 27, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The first thing Sarah Murnaghan did when she got home Tuesday morning was ask her sister to fetch their dolls so they could play. For most 11-year-old girls, that might be an everyday event. But for Sarah, who spent months in the hospital and received new lungs only after her family filed a lawsuit, it was extraordinary. Sarah, whose lungs were ravaged by cystic fibrosis, received adult lungs because of the court challenge and, when they failed, another set. Her case sparked a national debate about the way organ donations are allocated.
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.
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