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July 31, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin said last week that a simple, inexpensive urine test that can be done at home may help in mass screenings to find bladder and kidney cancer when they are still at a curable stage. The test uses inexpensive dipsticks that change color when exposed to microscopic amounts of blood in urine. In one year eight cancers and seven other serious kidney or bladder disorders were found in 235 men using the new test, the Wisconsin researchers said.
December 22, 2003 | Jane E. Allen
A new procedure could, for the first time, allow doctors to diagnose kidney cancer through a simple urine test. Until now, the only way to know if you had kidney cancer was with imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI or ultrasound and, if something suspicious was found, with a biopsy. Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have found that DNA testing of urine samples not only can accurately detect cancer but also can pick up the disease in its early stages, when it's curable.
November 15, 1989 | GARR KLUENDER
Soccer officials in Zimbabwe banned four members of the army's first division Tongogara side for life after they urinated in front of several thousand spectators at a stadium in eastern Zimbabwe Sunday. Nelson Chirwa of the Zimbabwe Football Assn. said the players were practicing tribal witchcraft in an attempt to change their side's fortunes. It was losing, 1-0. "I would like to advise all football teams that next time they should go to a better witch doctor," Chirwa said.
July 15, 1986
A subsidiary of NMS Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Newport Beach will begin marketing its urine blood test, a quick method for screening potential urinary tract problems, to consumers and professionals in late August, the company said last week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of the dip-stick test produced by NMS's Self Care Systems Inc. subsidiary, the parent company said. The product is the most sensitive one available for diagnosing blood in the urine, NMS said.
June 7, 2000
Seeking more time to study options for installing public toilets, the City Council on Tuesday delayed voting on an ordinance that would prohibit public urination and defecation. The council is scheduled to take up the matter again Aug. 8. City officials were surprised to find that there is no municipal ordinance on the books making it a crime to relieve oneself in public.
October 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
July 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mark Cavendish and the rest of the riders on the Tour de France have more than their share of hardships to deal with during the grueling event. The British rider surely could have done without the disrespectful -- not to mention disgusting -- ordeal he is said to have endured during Wednesday's Stage 11, when a spectator allegedly threw urine all over Cavendish somewhere along the 20.5-mile time trial route in Normandy. Cavendish is a top rider but isn't having the best of tours this year.
August 8, 2013 | By David Zucchino
A Marine sniper shown urinating on Taliban corpses in a video circulated on the Internet has been reduced in rank after pleading guilty to dereliction of duty and other charges. Sgt. Robert W. Richards was reduced to corporal for his role in the incident, in which four Marines in full combat gear were shown urinating on the bodies of three insurgents in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in July 2011. Richards pleaded guilty at a court-martial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Wednesday, according to a Marine Corps spokesman, Col. Sean Gibson.
April 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A hotel room was left in such disgusting condition after February's NFL scouting combine that the manager took pictures and sent them to the event's organizer. National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to Yahoo!Sports that a room in the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis was found after the combine with feces and urine scattered in the bathroom, toothpaste on a mirror and garbage, including uneaten food, all over. "I can confirm that a room was left in an inappropriate condition and we're disappointed by both players who occupied the room," Foster said.
August 3, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Prostate cancer screening may become significantly better with the use of a urine test, according to a new study. Prostate cancer screening is currently based on a blood test to detect PSA -- prostate-specific antigen. But that test often produces false positives and leads to unnecessary biopsies. More than a million men in the U.S. undergo a prostate biopsy each year, and fewer than half of the patients actually have prostate cancer. The test is also thought to lead to over-treatment of prostate cancer.
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