September 12, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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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.