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A 35-year-old Santa Barbara triathlete stricken with a rare and virulent streptococcus infection--which has become notorious as the "flesh-eating" bacteria--was better Thursday afternoon, but remained in critical condition at the Sherman Oaks Hospital burn center.
April 16, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign. But when a remote camera in Griffith Park captured an image of the puma more recently, it showed a thinner and mangy animal. Scientists sedated him and drew blood samples. They found evidence of exposure to rat poisons. Now, researchers say they suspect a link between the poisons and the mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions and has contributed to the deaths of scores of bobcats and coyotes.
Vincent van Gogh, whose artistic brilliance and supposed madness have made him a focus of popular fascination, suffered not from epilepsy or insanity but from an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and ringing ears, a new analysis of his letters suggests. The authors of the study, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former pro wrestling star Ultimate Warrior, who collapsed while walking to his car last week and pronounced dead at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., died of cardiovascular disease. Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick announced the finding Monday after an autopsy was conducted by the county medical examiner's office. There was no alcohol or drugs in his system. Warrior, 54, died last Tuesday. Witnesses say he clutched his chest before collapsing. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago. ALSO: Manny Pacquiao's mom was, um, intense during fight [Video]
At least some cases of Parkinson's disease, a devastating neurological illness that affects as many as 500,000 Americans, may be caused by infection by a common soil fungus, researchers from UC Davis will report today.
December 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have the contagious airborne disease tuberculosis. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
May 28, 2001
Public health workers will monitor birds in search of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Sentinel chickens are put out in many California counties and are regularly tested for diseases, such as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and Western equine encephalomyelitis. There have been no reports of the diseases this year. "If West Nile gets here, our sentinel system is going to know about it very quickly," said epidemiologist William C.
June 2, 1989 | Research: Lilia Beebe / Los Angeles Times
Diseases reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Health: Year to Year to March March Date Date 1989 1988 1989 1988 Intestinal infections Amebiasis 47 30 126 83 Campylobacteriosis 77 86 216 224 Giardiasis 163 101 420 231 Salmonellosis 111 163 362 386 Shigellosis 158 97 442 293 Childhood diseases Mumps 6 27 18 50 Measles 0 37 57 81 German measles 9 6 17 8 Whooping cough 1 6 11 20 Scarlet fever 78 66 185 163 Venereal diseases Gonorrhea ...
August 15, 1991
Each week the Orange County Public Health Department reports to the state the incidence of various notifiable diseases in the county.
April 9, 2014 | By David Pierson
That extra slice of bacon is going to cost more than just your cholesterol. Prices for the crispy treat rose 13% in February from a year earlier to $5.46 a pound, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , which looked at average prices in cities nationwide. Overall retail pork prices grew 7% in February from a year earlier to $3.73 a pound, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service . The rising costs could be linked to a rare disease called porcine epidemic diarrhea, which is killing millions of pre-weaned piglets across the country.
April 4, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Germs and detectives might not seem like they're connected. But their link, as a certain fictitious sleuth might say, is elementary. In Thomas Goetz's fascinating and entertaining new page turner of a book, "The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis," we are transported to the final decades of the 19th century. The age of electricity was dawning. And in laboratories and on imaginary London streets, men armed with microscopes and the power of observation first used science to tackle the twin scourges of crime and disease.
April 1, 2014 | Mary MacVean
Not that most people are eating even five servings of fruit and vegetables every day - but that might not be enough to get the best protection from disease and early death, said researchers who also found that vegetables do more good than fruit. Might the new call be at least seven a day? And if the fruit came from a can or the freezer, it might be doing more harm than good, the researchers reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health . “We found a strong inverse relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause mortality,” they wrote.
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning. Consider, for instance, the work to be done in figuring out your new health plan's coverage for prescription drugs. For people who take medications on an ongoing basis, it's especially important to closely evaluate details of a health plan's drug coverage. For Tina Petrakis, selecting a new health plan through Covered California meant paying close attention to the medications each policy covered.
March 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias not only destroy the lives of those who suffer from them but take a devastating toll on family caregivers and on those who must pay the cost of care. An estimated 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's. But that number will increase exponentially in the years ahead because of what Robin Barr, a senior official at the National Institute on Aging, calls "an aging tsunami. " A highly cited published research analysis estimates that the number of people with Alzheimer's around the world will jump from 36 million today to 115 million by 2050.
March 10, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
For the first time, a test that detects 10 types of lipids, or fats, circulating in a person's blood has been shown to predict accurately whether he or she will develop the memory loss and mental decline of Alzheimer's disease over the next two to three years. A screening test based on the findings could be available in as little as two years, said the researchers who identified the blood biomarkers. The effort to identify predictors of Alzheimer's disease that are reliable, easy and inexpensive to detect was described Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.
March 3, 2014 | Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
Doctors are fueling the nation's prescription drug epidemic and represent the primary source of narcotic painkillers for chronic abusers, according to a new government study. The finding challenges a widely held belief that has long guided policymakers: That the epidemic is caused largely by abusers getting their drugs without prescriptions, typically from friends and family. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study, said the research showed the need for greater focus on doctors who are "problem prescribers.
February 26, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday not to discuss the legalization of marijuana, nor to shoot the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards . " No, Mr. Rogen went to Washington to make a case for Alzheimer's disease research. Yeah, we're just as surprised as you are. The "This Is the End" star, 31, who serves as an Alzheimer's Assn. celebrity champion, addressed a Senate committee about the neurodegenerative disorder and opened up about the plight of his mother-in-law, Adele, his authenticity punctuated with self-deprecating humor during a hearing about the rising cost of Alzheimer's.
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