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.
June 6, 1999 |
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 |
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.
November 16, 2012 |
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is in the December issue of Playboy (on newsstands Nov. 20) wearing a lot of lace and not much else. In an interview, the 42-year-old single mom said she doesn't watch the Bravo cooking reality show that she has starred in for six years, and that she gains and loses the same 10 to 15 pounds every season. "I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season," Lakshmi said. "Then I spend 12 weeks working it off. But it's worth it. When the timer goes off and the food is ready, I'm really excited to eat. "I'm lucky.
April 11, 2013 |
Michelle O'Malley knows good horse poop when she sees it. While at MIT, the chemical engineer scooped up some manure from Finn, a grass-fed horse at a sustainable farm in Concord, Mass. That offal has led to a potential breakthrough in turning grasses and nonfood crops into an alternative fuel in attempts to wean motorists from fossil fuels and stem man-made climate change. O'Malley, a chemical engineer at UC Santa Barbara, has isolated a fungus that could more easily unlock the sugars used to ferment ethanol.
June 7, 2013 |
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.
July 13, 2012 |
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.
January 27, 1990 |
The stocky Colombian man of about 30 did not look much different from the other air crash victims at North Shore University Hospital as Dr. Robert J. Ward prepared to operate on him early Friday morning. Like other passengers of Avianca Flight 52, the man had suffered severe internal bleeding and numerous broken bones. But as the surgeon prepared to treat the intestinal wounds, he discovered round shadows shaped like suppositories on X-rays of the man's digestive system.
July 29, 2006 |
The Texas Rangers acquired Carlos Lee from the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded their All-Star outfielder on Friday after failing to sign him to a contract extension. "It became very evident that we weren't going to be able to keep Carlos at the end of the season," Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said. "We gave it our best shot and, at that point, we started entertaining the offers from a number of clubs."
June 11, 1995 |
The most acute danger has passed for Mickey Mantle, and he has been transferred out of intensive care to a private room in the transplant ward, his doctors said Saturday. Dr. Goran Klintmalm, medical director of the Baylor Transplantation Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said Mantle has moved from the "first hazard zone." "He's now in the phase where life begins again. Night is night and day is day," Klintmalm said.