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September 12, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Scientists have developed a vaccine that protected monkeys against simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, offering fresh hope that a similar vaccine can save humans from HIV. When the monkeys were intentionally infected with SIV, the new vaccine cleared the infection and kept the animals virus-free for up to three years, according to a report this week in the journal Nature . Although there are medications to keep HIV in check for long...
September 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen has sold his Studio City home with an in-house studio for $1.2 million and bought another house for $820,000. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home he sold includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's a lagoon-style swimming pool with a spa. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it The property was purchased in 2007 for $1.1 million, public records show.
September 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Marcus Rios ran into UCLA's Spaulding Field practice facility for the first time in months on Tuesday. As he did, the sophomore cornerback glanced up at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center across the way. "Any time I'm walking down Westwood Boulevard, I look up there," Rios said. "I have been through a life-changing event. You have to remember. " Rios' workouts were far different early this year, and the view he had was looking down from the medical center to the practice field.
September 3, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
King Richard III may have suffered from a parasite as nasty as his reputation. The remains of the medieval monarch -- villainized by William Shakespeare as a tyrant who killed his nephews in order to seize the throne -- show signs of roundworm infection, scientists say. Archaeologists have undertaken careful analysis of Richard III's remains since excavating them from a parking lot in the English city of Leicester in 2012. They've discovered several roundworm eggs in the soil around his pelvis, suggesting that the parasite lived in the king's intestines.
July 31, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
As if methamphetamine weren't bad enough already, a new study has found that the highly addictive drug may make users more susceptible to the deadly lung infection cryptococcosis. Researchers reported Tuesday in the journal mBio that methamphetamine made it easier for the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans to colonize the lungs of mice , accelerating disease progression and leading to quicker death. The drug modified the fungus' structure, making it more effective at causing disease.
July 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Before his heart, liver and kidneys were removed and sent to transplant recipients across the country, the organ donor had a history of trapping raccoons to use as live bait for training dogs and was twice bitten by the creatures, officials say. When he was admitted to a hospital with symptoms of rabies -- an inability to swallow liquids, seizures, tingling limbs and an altered mental state -- doctors believed he was suffering from food poisoning....
July 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
If you have a little kid, you know the drill. Your child develops a nasty fever, but no one's really sure what's making him sick. Most likely, he has a virus that will run its course. He may have a scary bacterial infection that requires treatment, but results of tests to confirm this won't come back for a day or so.  So to be safe, your pediatrician prescribes antibiotics -- even though they won't help fight a virus and even though overuse of antibiotic drugs has led to the evolution of drug-resistant superbugs.
July 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Doctors for Randy Travis gave an update and more details Wednesday on the country superstar's condition since his hospitalization Sunday in Texas. Travis came through the ER at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney on Sunday after suffering a viral upper-respiratory infection for three weeks, said Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at the medical center. The singer had been in fine health before the infection, he said. He was admitted at Baylor McKinney with presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure and was stabilized, Gray said.
July 9, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
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.
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