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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.
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.
January 17, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The premise Twenty-seven-year-old Aron Ralston ( James Franco) is a mechanical engineer and thrill-seeker. He is in Utah's Blue John Canyon when he falls down a narrow canyon, and his arm is pinned by a large chalkstone boulder. He watches as his fingers turn blue and gray from insufficient blood flow (ischemia). Though he doesn't appear to be in pain, he is unable to free himself. He has very little food and water, and finally, as he grows dehydrated, he drinks his own urine.
State medical authorities have moved to revoke the license of a Canoga Park doctor who treated as many as 6,000 allergy patients by injecting them with their own urine. The practice represents an "extreme departure from the standard of care in California," authorities said. But Dr. Jorge R. Borrell has appealed the revocation order and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month temporarily blocked it.
March 18, 2010 | Wire and staff reports
Representatives of boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday revealed their anti-doping procedures for their May 1 welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart , said Mayweather and Mosley will be subjected to random urine and/or blood tests from now "until and after the fight." In addition to urine tests for steroids, blood tests will be implemented to search for such performance-enhancers as human growth hormone, synthetic hemoglobin and blood transfusions, Tygart said.
March 4, 2010
After three years and at least $450,000 from Major League Baseball and the NFL, scientists are no closer to finding a urine-based test that can reliably detect the banned, brawn-building human growth hormone. Even more troubling is the fact that, despite testers' optimism over last week's news that a single positive blood sample snared a British rugby player for HGH, there are questions about why hundreds of other athletes are suspected of having skirted detection in the same procedure.
June 23, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Researchers have identified a chemical in urine that is closely associated with appendicitis in children and are working to develop a simple test that could be used to diagnose the condition -- a test that would both increase the likelihood of performing surgery before the appendix bursts and prevent unnecessary surgery.
November 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Astronauts tinkered with a troublesome piece of equipment designed to help convert urine and sweat into drinkable water, which is vital to allowing the International Space Station crew to double to six. Station Cmdr. Michael Fincke and space shuttle Endeavour astronaut Donald Pettit changed how a centrifuge is mounted in a urine processor, which is part of the newly delivered $154-million system. The centrifuge helps separate water from urine. The astronauts have been trying to get the system running for four days, but the processor has worked for just two hours at a time before shutting down.
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