July 9, 2013 |
This week, a spokesperson for Sir Elton John confirmed that the singer was postponing a series of concerts on his European tour because he was suffering from appendicitis. The specific diagnosis, as given on John's website, was "appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis. " We're about to get into the science of exactly what that diagnosis means, but first a warning: It's not going to be pretty. The appendix is attached to a part of your body called the cecum , which is a sack generally considered to be the beginning of your lower intestine.
June 25, 2013 |
Anyone in need of an in-house studio should check this out: Electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen of Infected Mushroom has put his Studio City house on the market at $1.199 million. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, also features a living room fireplace, a dining room, an updated kitchen, a den, an office, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and hardwood floors.
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June 21, 2013 |
I knew not to expect a pat on the back when I read the email's subject line. Your stupidity it said . It was a complaint about my Tuesday column lauding the work of a young teacher at a South Los Angeles charter school. I'd considered that a "good news" column about education, showcasing a dedicated third-grade teacher. Many readers agreed. "You have highlighted what's best about education," wrote Pam Metz, an assistant principal at West Torrance High. But some teachers were offended.
June 20, 2013 |
Thousands of years before the discovery of microbes or the invention of antibiotics, silver was used to protect wounds from infection and to preserve food and water. The alluring metal - which was fashioned into a multitude of curative coins, sutures, foils, cups and solutions - all but vanished from medical use once physicians began using anti-bacterial drug agents to fight sickness in the 1940s. But now, as bacteria grow increasingly resistant to these medications and new pathogens invade hospitals, some doctors are turning once again to the lustrous element that Hippocrates prescribed for patients in ancient Greece.
June 19, 2013 |
The HPV vaccine may be controversial, but it works, new research shows. The rate of HPV infection among teenage girls dropped from 11.5% in the “pre-vaccine era” to 5.1% in the “vaccine era,” researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. That's a drop of 56%, the study notes. The infection rates cover the four types of HPV that are targeted by the vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix. Human papillomaviruses are the most common cause of sexually transmitted infections, and more than half of people who are sexually active become infected with one of the more than 40 types of HPV that are known to spread during vaginal, oral or anal sex, according to the National Cancer Institute . HPVs are responsible for nearly all cases of cervical cancer, along with most cases of anal cancer, the NCI says.
June 9, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Former President Nelson Mandela remained in serious but stable condition in a hospital Sunday as South Africans in churches around the country prayed for him. There was no update on his condition from South Africa's presidency by Sunday afternoon. Mandela, revered around the world for his role in winning democratic rights and freedoms for black South Africans, was admitted to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of Saturday, suffering from a recurrence of a lung infection that struck in December.
June 8, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized in serious condition with a lung infection, according to government officials here, the latest in a worrisome series of medical ailments plaguing the nation's venerated first post-apartheid black leader. South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela, 94, fell ill several days ago, but his condition deteriorated overnight and he was transferred to Pretoria early Saturday.
May 25, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
May 22, 2013 |
Here's a scientific finding that may knock you off your feet: At least 80 types of fungi reside on a typical person's heel, along with 60 between the toes and 40 on the toenail. Altogether, the feet are home to more than 100 types of fungus, more than any other area of the human body, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Nature. And that fungal fellowship is in constant motion as we walk through life. It may sound icky, but many of the fungi on our skin serve a very useful purpose, said study leader Julie Segre, a geneticist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. "One of the major functions of healthy fungi is to prevent pathogenic fungi from adhering to our skin," where they can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts and stubborn toenail infections, she said.
May 14, 2013 |
UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios has received the first piece of good news in months. He will not need more surgery to clean out a fungus infection in his sinus area. Rios has undergone six surgeries since October. However, doctors believe antibiotics are dealing with the issue. The infection was located behind his eye and beneath his brain. Rios has been receiving antibiotics through a peripherally inserted central catheter line in his arm. “It is very rare,” Rios said last month.