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June 18, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
U.S. researchers have linked a second strain of cholera to the epidemic that decimated the Haitian population in 2010-11. Previous studies have suggested that the epidemic was caused by bacteria inadvertently introduced by Nepalese soldiers who came to assist in recovery from a massive earthquake. The new strain appears to be local in origin, but its role in the epidemic is not clear because this strain does not normally produce epidemics. Haiti suffered a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, followed by about 52 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher.
April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
June 12, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Should drug addiction be considered a disease, or will thinking about addiction in this way only further enable drug users by convincing them that they're powerless? Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the National Drug Control Policy and President Obama's top drug policy advisor, believes so, saying that addiction should be treated as a public health issue . Kerlikowske addressed the issue from the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs on Monday, calling for more accessible rehabilitation and recovery programs.
March 7, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
John Corigliano wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1988 on a grand scale for an extravagant-sized orchestra. It is a multi-colored score containing a patchwork quilt of immense emotions. The composer didn't call it a war symphony, but that is what it is, an epic orchestral score for an epic tragedy, the AIDS epidemic. Audiences and orchestras, devastated by what the disease had wrought, understood. The symphony was needed, appreciated and widely played. The urgency of those times is receding into memory, and Corigliano's score is not so much heard any longer.
June 9, 1987 | From Reuters
An epidemic of cholera in the Angolan province of Luanda has afflicted 673 people and left 59 dead since mid-May, the official Angolan news agency reported Monday.
April 4, 1995 | Reuters
Meningitis has killed 1,965 people since an epidemic broke out in November in the West African nation of Niger, health officials said Monday. They said a vaccination campaign is under way.
December 5, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe declared a national emergency as it battled a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 560 people and forced it to appeal for international assistance. The cases have been fueled by the collapse of the water system, which has forced residents to drink from contaminated wells and streams. Economic meltdown in Zimbabwe, isolated by Western countries under President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian rule, has left the health system ill-prepared to cope with the epidemic. There is not enough money to pay doctors and nurses or buy medicine.
February 20, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - In the 30 years that David France, director of the Oscar-nominated AIDS activism documentary "How to Survive a Plague," has lived at the corner of 7th Street and Avenue C, the neighborhood has transformed dramatically. During the worst years of the epidemic in the 1980s, death pervaded this far corner of the East Village. "It was inescapable. You would see people who were skinny, skinny skeletons trying to catch their breath, wheelchairs with men in their 20s, the KS [Kaposi's sarcoma]
June 29, 1990
So much stuff has been said about AIDS. Celebrities and everyone else cry bitter tears on TV in their pleas to help in the care, research and plight in general for those who have AIDS. We are all helping to pay for this epidemic. I am not insensitive to the terrible pain it brings to the person and those around him. I am not talking about the Ryan Whites nor the Paul Ganns nor the babies born to infected mothers. My concern is that most AIDS patients got that way knowing the risks and certainly knowing what causes it. My distress is that it is preventable and people are not being responsible.
January 7, 1989 | MAUREEN FAN, Times Staff Writer
It's that time of year again. Influenza, a contagious disease characterized by fever, muscle pain and an inflamed respiratory tract, is making its rounds in San Diego. In the past 30 days, five reported cases of influenza were confirmed by laboratory analysis, county health officials said. But, because most doctors don't confirm influenza by sending samples to a lab, "That's only the tip of the iceberg. . . .
February 24, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
In light of what's starting to look like a surge of measles cases spread by unvaccinated carriers, Hastings Law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss offers some welcome insights into the legal rights of unvaccinated children.  The first two installments of Reiss' five-part series are up at the website , with the rest due over the next couple of weeks. Reiss provides a tour of the legal landscape via case law and legal principles, but her core finding is that parents are responsible for weighing the pros and cons of vaccination for their children, and the pros far outweigh the cons.  She writes: "By rejecting the abundant data that proves that the risk of not vaccinating is greater than vaccinating, and by purposely leaving a child at the mercy of vaccine-preventable diseases, parents can legitimately be seen as violating a child's right to health and life.
February 14, 2014 | By Sam Quinones
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman last week, apparently of a heroin overdose, says a lot about the epidemic of opiate abuse gripping the United States. That epidemic, which I've spent the last year researching for a forthcoming book, is rooted in a 20-year revolution in medicine that has resulted in far wider prescribing of opiates. Narcotic painkillers are now prescribed for chronic back and knee pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, arthritis and other ailments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consumption of these opioids has risen 300% since 1999, making them the most prescribed class of medicines in America.
February 13, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to spend $85 million over the next two years to help at least 10 countries improve their ability to respond to disease outbreaks, officials say. In a new push that aims to treat epidemics as potential national security threats, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help other countries expand their ability to detect deadly diseases early and build teams that can respond to...
February 3, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is bringing attention to the growing use of heroin in the U.S. as well as an alarming rise in drug-overdose deaths. The cause of death for Hoffman, found in his apartment Sunday, isn't official, but police say officers found packets of heroin near his body and a hypodermic needle in his arm. Hundreds of thousands in the U.S. are turning to the drug in increasing numbers.  It's at "epidemic proportions," a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman told the L.A. Times.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 102% increase in fatal overdoses from 1999 to 2010.  Check out our graphic below, which shows how the availability of the drug has increased in the United States over the last several years.  Follow me at @AmyTheHub
December 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In 1963, the Supreme Court established a rule of evidence that is now well known to viewers of television courtroom dramas. In Brady vs. Maryland, it held that prosecutors must turn over to defense attorneys evidence favorable to the accused and "material either to guilt or punishment. " But prosecutors, including in Los Angeles, have complied grudgingly with the Brady rule. Some have ignored it altogether. Now a respected federal appeals court judge has warned of "an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.
November 15, 2013 | By Adam Sobel and Naomi Oreskes
At the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw on Monday, the lead Philippine delegate, Yeb Sano, made an emotional plea: "Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action. " But was Sano's statement consistent with the science? Most of the scientists who have been asked that question in recent days have replied with dutiful statements that sound like "no. " No single event can be attributed to climate change.
February 27, 1985 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
At least 20 million Americans now suffer from varying degrees of hunger in a "public health epidemic" that is growing because of Reagan Administration cuts in federal nutrition assistance programs, according to a yearlong, privately funded national medical survey released Tuesday.
January 3, 2000
Legislators want to stamp out the salmonella epidemic by targeting eggs. The problem, scientists say, is that it's not a real epidemic and eggs probably aren't a culprit.
October 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
For the last several years, Swedish music company Epidemic Sound has been building a vast library of tracks for producers to use in soundtracks on television shows and online video, amassing 20,000 pieces from more than 100 composers. Now, the company is launching in the United States through a partnership with Maker Studios, which operates some of the biggest video channels on YouTube. “We really want to be the kings of background music," Epidemic Chief Executive Oscar Höglund said.
October 15, 2013 | By H. Gilbert Welch
Similar populations living in different regions of the United States get exposed to wildly different amounts of medical care. If that sounds like an old story, it is. It's now four decades old. But it is an important story to reflect on as we consider the path forward for our medical care system. In the late 1960s, a nephrologist trained in epidemiology was sent to Burlington, Vt., to run the state's regional medical program. The program was part of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration's effort to bring the advances of modern medicine to all parts of the nation.
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