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Sentinel Staff WritersUCF officials say they notified football player Ereck Plancher that he tested positive for sickle-cell trait as part of a team physical exam. They also say they monitored his activities in workouts. But family members and friends told the Orlando...
Sentinel Staff WriterSix college football players -- including UCF freshman Ereck Plancher -- have died from complications related to sickle-cell trait since 2000, prompting medical experts to emphasize the best treatment options for athletes who carry the trait. Sickle-cell...
Sentinel Medical WriterEreck Plancher's death has been linked to a single genetic flaw that millions of Americans share. It's called sickle-cell trait, and many of those who have it never know they do. That's because it rarely causes symptoms and is not even considered a...
Tags: Blood, Children, Diseases and Illnesses, Health, Oncology
Sentinel Staff WriterThe parents of UCF football player Ereck Plancher are pursuing legal action against the university with the hope no other family has to endure a similar tragedy, the Planchers' attorney J.D. Dowell said. Plancher, a 19-year-old freshman from Naples,...
Tags: Fatigue, College Football, Sports, Health, Hospitals and Clinics
Times Staff WriterNearly 10 years ago, in an Indiana hospital, a few days after he had cancer surgery, his life at stake and his racing future suddenly very secondary, cyclist Lance Armstrong was allegedly asked by doctors if he had ever taken performance-enhancing...
Tags: Surgery, Sports, Indiana University, Charity, Health
Times Staff WriterTo anti-doping officials, the case against Olympic and Tour de France cyclist Tyler Hamilton for an illicit blood transfusion ranks among their greatest victories — a sanction for "intentional cheating at its most sophisticated," in the words of...
Tags: Tour de France, Blood, Arbitration, Sports, French Literature
ReutersAn extra hormone can help elusive blood stem cells multiply and thrive outside the body, offering cancer patients and others a ready supply of the life-giving cells, scientists said Tuesday. Doctors have long been trying to find a way to grow large...
British scientists said last week that they had managed to derive liver cells from the precursors to blood cells--a breakthrough that could remove the need for liver transplants. In the experiment scientists were able to show that blood cell precursors--...
Tags: Blood, Bone Marrow, Research, Liver, Colleges and Universities
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTo the thunderous explosion of a massive fireworks display that dappled the colors of the rainbow on the snow-capped mountains of the Wasatch Range, the XIXth Olympic Winter Games drew to a close Sunday night, an Olympics notable for judging controversies...
Times Staff WriterThe federal government Thursday approved the first in a new class of designer cancer drugs created to hone in on specific molecular targets, leave normal cells alone, and avoid the horrific chemotherapy that has characterized most cancer treatments...
Tags: Blood, Fatigue, Bone Marrow, Plastic Surgeons, Leukemia
Sun StaffRip Ballou's world began to blur around the edges as he stood among the croquet wickets, sipping home-brewed beer at a friend's lawn party. He should have expected it. Two weeks earlier, he'd agreed to let infected mosquitoes land on his arm and fill...
Tribune staff reportersOn May 22, 1989, doctors at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., hovered over the bedside of their patient, a 52-year-old man dying of cancer. A nurse hooked up a plastic intravenous bag containing a milky fluid. The man and his wife held...
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