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February 15, 1988 | Compiled by Times Science Writer Thomas Maugh II from research presented at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Boston last week
The shift by early Native Americans from a hunter-gatherer culture to an agricultural community produced a sharp growth in population, but it also led to an increase in infectious and nutritional diseases, according to anthropologist George J. Armelagos of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Armelagos has been studying the Dickson Mound, which is located in Illinois near the confluence of the Spoon and Illinois Rivers.
March 21, 2001 | Associated Press
Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday ordered two state agencies to look for weaknesses in the state's efforts to block the spread of two animal diseases that have hurt the agriculture industry in Europe. Davis told Food and Agriculture Secretary William Lyons Jr. and Emergency Services Director Dallas Jones to make recommendations within 30 days on better ways to prevent the spread of "mad cow" disease and foot-and-mouth disease. California has sent four veterinarians to Europe to work with the U.S.
March 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that climate change and pandemic disease threatened international security as much as terrorism and that Britain must radically improve its defenses. Brown listed the greatest threats to Britain's peace as "war, terrorism and now climate change, disease and poverty -- threats which redefine national security." Officials estimate that a flu-type pandemic in Britain could cost as many as 750,000 lives, according to a report commissioned by Brown. It also says major coastal floods probably would result in a military evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.
Jeffrey Paga's college pals had big plans for the evening, and those plans didn't include hanging around the dorm room with their heads stuck in a book. But Paga, who had felt fine all day, suddenly wasn't in the mood to join them. He felt the flu coming on and figured he'd better stay in, take some over-the-counter medicine and hit the sack early.
October 2, 1989 | Compiled from staff and wire reports
A drug used in organ transplants appears of benefit in treating a debilitating bowel condition known as Crohn's disease when conventional therapy has failed, a group of Danish researchers report. "We conclude that cyclosporine has a beneficial therapeutic effect in patients with active Crohn's disease and resistance to or intolerance of corticosteroids," the synthetic hormones used in the conventional treatment, the scientists wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.
November 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have unveiled a new human genetic map that fills in missing pages to explain how genes are involved in common diseases. The map looks at duplications and deletions of large DNA segments known as copy number variants, or CNVs. Scientists identified 1,447 CNVs that covered about 12% of the human genome. About 285 are associated with diseases such as schizophrenia, psoriasis, heart disease and congenital cataracts.
December 7, 1990
Each week the Orange County Public Health Department reports to the state the incidence of various notifiable diseases in the county.
October 8, 1989
The most recent sewage spills in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other beach cities have greatly concerned me. But, odd as it may seem in these days of wars, terrorism and threats of same, one of the greatest dangers that confront us today is the possibility of disease and death that lie in the overflowing sewers that are being dumped into our ocean. The list of deadly diseases is an impressive one. Death and illness are frequently present when these diseases occur, such as: cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis and jaundice.
May 22, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Scientists have linked two eye diseases to genetic defects in the powerhouses of cells, providing further evidence that damage to such genetic material may cause a variety of illnesses. Emory University researchers in Atlanta reported that they had confirmed that a previously identified flaw in the mitochondrial DNA of cells is to blame for Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, a rare inherited disease that causes blindness. In the same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, another scientific team last week linked damage to the same kind of genetic material to a disorder called progressive external ophthalmoplegia, which weakens eye muscles.
August 8, 2011 | By Steve Dudley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dear Parents, I'm afraid we have some work to do. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a report on childhood immunizations and our own state of Washington had the highest proportion of kindergartners who hadn't been vaccinated, at 6.2%. At the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi had the best performance with fewer than 1% of kids unvaccinated. That's right, Mississippi. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from the parents down there. I know we've discussed this before, but please indulge me because it's really important.
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