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Carew’s Child Given Transplant

Michelle Carew, daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, is to undergo an umbilical cord blood transplant Friday to treat her leukemia, her doctor said. Carew, 18, has been in Children's Hospital of Orange County since last September waiting for a bone marrow match.

New Drug For Diabetics Helps Regulate Blood Sugar

A new drug to help diabetics is going on the market this week in the United States after being available for years in Europe and Japan. Precose, brand name for the drug acarbose, is for diabetics who are not dependent on insulin injections. It slows the digestion of carbohydrates to help regulate blood-sugar levels.

Gehrig’s Sufferers Get Slight Boost Fda Approves Riluzole, Which Extends Survival A Few Months

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug that prolongs the lives of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, although the improvement in survival is slight. The disease, officially known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), affects about 30,000 Americans, attacking nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and leaving them hard and shriveled. Over the course of the disease, which averages three to five years, patients' muscles progressively weaken, leading to paralysis, respiratory failure and death. Five thousand new cases are reported each year.

Scientists Support Breast Cancer Test

A powerful ultrasound can significantly reduce the number of American women who undergo surgery to tell if their breast lumps are cancerous or benign, government scientists said Monday. The scientific panel unanimously urged the Food and Drug Administration to approve the High-Definition Imaging, or HDI, ultrasound as a test to help doctors decide which women need a biopsy and which can skip the surgery.

Fda Approves New Aids Drug

The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved 3TC - a new anti-viral AIDS drug to be used with the frequently prescribed AZT, further bolstering the growing belief that using combinations of powerful drugs is the most effective way to fight the infection. The drug was licensed less than five months after its manufacturer first submitted its application to the agency and two weeks after an FDA advisory committee recommended that it be approved.

Baby Apes Next To Get Aids Drug Medical Lake Lab Will Try To Block Transmission Of Virus To Newborns

FOR THE RECORD (November 22, 1995): Correction: An AIDS drug will be tested on baby monkeys at the Primate Center in Medical Lake. A story and headline in Tuesday's newspaper mistakenly used the word apes to describe monkeys. On the front lines. Primate center director William Morton, left, and Mark Murchison, who is in charge of keeping the monkeys amused. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review <

Panel Urges Cancer Drug Approval

The new drug Taxotere should be approved to help prolong the lives of dying breast-cancer patients who have exhausted other options, despite its high incidence of dangerous side effects, a government panel recommended Tuesday. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the advice, Taxotere would become the first competition for the widely used Taxol, which until now has been the last hope for many of these women.

Aids Patient To Get Baboon Marrow

At the tearful behest of an AIDS patient's mother and sisters, government advisers recommended Friday that the man be allowed to get a bone marrow transplant from a baboon - even though they fear it will kill him. "This is wonderful," said Kim Getty, as she raced to telephone the news to her brother Jeff at his San Francisco home.

Chemist’s Research Saving Yews

A University of Portland chemist thinks she can squeeze more taxol, a cancer-fighting drug, from the Pacific yew tree. If the efforts of Sister Angela Hoffman succeed, the supply of the scarce drug would increase while the need to harvest so much yew tree bark would decrease.

‘Human Error’ Kills Cancer Patient

A patient with a usually curable type of cancer died after a doctor mistakenly gave him a chemotherapy overdose. "We deeply regret this human error," University of Chicago Hospital president Ralph Muller said in a statement Wednesday. "Despite the many checks and balances we have in place to prevent medication errors, this terribly unfortunate accident did occur."

Treatment Effective For Sickle Cell Anemia

Calling an early halt to a national trial because of promising results, doctors Monday announced the first treatment for sickle cell anemia that attacks the underlying cause of the disease rather than simply combats its painful symptoms. The National Institutes of Health said it was issuing a clinical alert to thousands of doctors nationwide informing them that the drug hydroxyurea should be considered for many adult patients with the crippling blood disease.

New Drugs May Knock Out Aids

Small preliminary studies that will be reported this week at a national medical meeting show that a new class of drugs is highly effective in knocking out the virus that causes AIDS and allowing the immune system to recover, at least in the short term. But investigators advise caution in interpreting the results, noting that many promising early findings have failed to lead to effective treatments for AIDS patients.

Changes In Treating Troubled Kids Blasted Critics Say Moves By State To Save Money Will Shortchange, Possibly Harm Disturbed Youth

Critics of a recent competition to care for the state's troubled children claim the state favored fledgling companies with slick sales pitches over veteran firms with solid reputations. That complaint, coupled with state plans to yank money away from some established Spokane treatment homes, is triggering an uproar headed for the state Capitol. The head of the House human services committee says she wants to hold a hearing on the controversy by early February.