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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.
June 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
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.
June 21, 2013 | Sandy Banks
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 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Karen Kaplan
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.
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