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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997
Injections of an antibody that targets a natural human protein are showing promise in hard-to-treat cases of Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive illness. The treatment involves injections of an antibody called cA2. It neutralizes a protein known as tumor necrosis factor that is believed to play a role in causing Crohn's disease. The study is published in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The treatment, which has not been approved for routine use, was developed by Centocor Inc.
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NEWS
June 6, 1999 | SUSAN CARPENTER
We all scream for ice cream, but Eric Spitznagel would do almost anything for cookies, candy, cereal, coffee, cola, doughnuts and gum, or so it would seem from reading his new book, "The Junk Food Companion" (Dutton). A few fun facts from his guide to eating badly: 1. Name of the first commercial chocolate bar sold in the United States. 2. Number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll. 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
A condor recently released after treatment for lead poisoning was winging her way north Friday toward her old foraging ground, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The huge endangered bird, known as AC8, is at least 30 years old, which makes her one of the last known condors to be raised in the wild, said Greg Austin, a scientist with the service's condor recovery project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2001
A type of immune system cell that treats certain foods as germs rather than nourishment is the culprit behind many food allergies, Ohio researchers reported in the April issue of Nature Immunology. The finding could lead to better treatment for millions of people. Researchers used mice to pin the blame on white blood cells called eosinophils, which are packed with powerful proteins that, when released, destroy surrounding tissues and help rally other immune cells to infection sites.
HEALTH
March 25, 2002 | ROSIE MESTEL
We recently learned that the inventor of Life Savers candies was inspired, in the early 20th century, to make his candy after witnessing a pharmacist make pills with an old-fashioned pill machine. All very fine and creative. But who, we'd like to know, invented pills? Someone way, way back when, says George Griffenhagen, a retired pharmacist with a penchant for history who resides in Vienna, Va. (Griffenhagen has made quite a study of the pill question. He's even written about pill history.
HEALTH
May 18, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
A bee stung me and caused excruciating pain. My hand started inflating. A cut onion on the sting worked in 20 minutes to stop the swelling and ease the pain. We first heard about using a cut onion on a sting about 20 years ago. We checked with world-renowned onion chemist Dr. Eric Block of the State University of New York at Albany.
HEALTH
April 26, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have been taking Benicar for hypertension for about three years. Now I have developed muscle and back pain. When I stop the Benicar, I don't have the pain. My other medications include estradiol, Celebrex and Nexium. My recent lab tests were normal, and Benicar controls my blood pressure well without any other side effects. What can you suggest? Benicar (olmesartan) is a type of blood pressure medicine called an ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker). Other drugs in this class include Atacand, Avapro, Cozaar, Diovan, Hyzaar, Micardis and Teveten.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
As more people in Europe fall ill from an especially dangerous strain of E. coli, the germ’s worst-case complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome, is grabbing headlines. The condition , which can shut down the kidneys, is potentially fatal—as evidenced by the mounting death toll. Though most strains of E. coli are harmless, this particular outbreak appears to be caused by a virulent strain known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli. It leads to hemolytic uremic syndrome in about 8% of those infected , often children.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Never one to mince words, investment poobah Warren Buffett described the U.S. healthcare system as a tapeworm in the digestive tract of the economy. This apt but disgusting metaphor does a good job of illustrating how our maddeningly dysfunctional healthcare system puts American businesses as a disadvantage compared with their overseas cousins. "The healthcare problem is the No. 1 problem of America and of American business," Buffett said in an interview with Bloomberg Television . "It's the tapeworm, essentially, of the American economy, and we have not dealt with that yet. Obamacare is a step in the right direction in many ways.
SCIENCE
June 7, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Bits and pieces of "biological dirt" from inside people's colons are being left on three in 20 of the instruments inserted in people's rectums to examine their lower digestive tract, according to a study at five hospitals nationwide. "Three out of 20 is an unexpectedly high number of endoscopes failing a cleanliness criterion," said Marco Bommarito, an investigator with 3M's infection prevention division, which conducted the study. "Clearly, we'd like no endoscopes to fail a cleanliness rating.
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