August 12, 2011 |
Jackson, Miss., doesn't seem to shrink from its past -- even a fictionalized one. The city, of course, provides the big-screen setting for "The Help," the film released Wednesday about racial tension in the early 1960s between black maids and the young white housewives they serve. Now Jackson hopes fans of the movie and the 2009 novel on which it's based will visit the real Southern city. "While the social climate has drastically changed, some of the places throughout the book have not," the city's tourism website says.
August 12, 2011 |
The first reported case of human rabies linked to a vampire bat was reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case, which happened about a year ago, resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man from Mexico. In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , the case went down this way: The man's mother said her son had been bitten on the heel of his left foot while he was sleeping. The man, who has living in Michoacán, Mexico, apparently never reported the bite or was treated for it. Ten days later he traveled to Louisiana to work at a sugarcane plantation, where after one day of work he got medical help for a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, pain in his left shoulder and numbness in his left hand.
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August 11, 2011 |
Pregnant California women have registered some of the highest levels of the toxic flame retardant PBDE in their bodies ever recorded worldwide, according to a new study released by researchers at UC San Francisco on Wednesday. The research team tested 25 second-trimester pregnant women from Northern and Central California seeking care in San Francisco in 2008 and 2009 and found that their blood showed high levels of PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, which studies show are harmful to the liver, thyroid and nerve development, according to the study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.
June 28, 2011 |
LulzSec, the hacker group that raved on Twitter for 50 days about its exploits, may have been scared into disbanding by another hacker group that claims to have exposed its members' identities and by law enforcement officials who have been stepping up their inquiry into the attacks. LulzSec, which since early May has claimed to have attacked the websites and systems of the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Senate, Arizona police and a British police agency, among others, said over the weekend that it was done.
June 27, 2011 |
For consumers, a major problem with judging the threat posed by the chemical bisphenol A -- a chemical used in the manufacture of many plastics that can mimic estrogens in the body -- is that researchers disagree about how dangerous it really is. (For more on this controversy, check out the related links to the left.) Now researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying deer mice are shedding light on another way to measure the chemical's effects: Look at subtle changes in animals' behavior and cognition -- specifically, sexually selected behavioral and cognitive traits that drive their ability to find and attract a mate.
June 18, 2011 |
People bring sunscreen to the beach, but rarely to work. Yet a new study finds that in the U.S., some deadly skin cancers are more common on the left side of the body than the right, and the researchers think sitting driver-side is a factor. For the car commuters out there, the result raises the question of whether simply driving to work is risky. This would seem to be the case. Let’s take a current commute from a part of the country defined both by sun and by freeways that double as parking lots – say, Southern California.
June 13, 2011 |
Exposing children to dogs and cats might not increase the kids' risk of developing allergies to them, a study finds. Many parents nix the idea of getting a pet when their children are young for fear of kicking off an allergic response. But researchers found that having a dog or cat in the house may provide a protective effect. The study, released Monday in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy , included 565 children who were followed from birth until age 18. Particular interest was paid to pet exposure in the first year of life, and at other stages throughout childhood and adolescence.
June 3, 2011 |
Long before she won her supporting actress Oscar for "The Fighter" at this year's Academy Awards, Melissa Leo was a television veteran. She played Kay Howard on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" for five seasons before largely moving on to feature films — and almost never looking back. But on the set of 2003's "21 Grams," she had an epiphany. "I was working with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and it dawned on me that while I was intimidated by working with [top level] film stars, it occurred to me that more eyes had probably seen me on the smaller screen than had seen them on the big screen," she says.
June 1, 2011 |
Along with the lazy and often hazy days of summer come some not-so-pleasant health risks from exposure to air pollution. Ed Avol, a professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, has been studying the links between respiratory health and air pollution for 35 years. In this edited interview conducted May 19, Avol spoke about the factors that can lead to poor air quality during the summer months and how people can limit their exposure to pollution. What factors make pollution so severe in the summertime?
May 29, 2011 |
The parents were furious: Why, they demanded, had Japanese officials raised the acceptable level of radiation exposure for schoolchildren near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? By upping the limit, children were allowed on playgrounds containing higher levels of radioactivity than had been permitted before the nearby atomic plant was damaged by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the parents said. While it may be impossible to rid the air of dangerous isotopes, they added, the ground is a different matter.