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SPORTS
December 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers' Pau Gasol will not play Sunday against Philadelphia, the third game he will sit out because of an upper respiratory infection. It's been a bizarre pattern for Gasol, who missed a game against Golden State a little over a week ago because of the illness, then played two games and now will have missed the Lakers' last two games. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he expected Gasol to play Tuesday against Milwaukee. Chris Kaman took part in the team's shoot-around Sunday and was expected to play against Philadelphia despite sustaining a moderate sprain in his left ankle Friday when he stepped on a Utah player's foot.
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SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers aren't tanking to improve their draft position … yet. So the next four games are important for a team that's 13-16 and hasn't been four games below .500 this season. It isn't Murderers' Row over the next week with a road game against Utah (8-23), followed by home games against Philadelphia (8-20), Milwaukee (6-22) and Utah again. If ever there's a break in the schedule, a chance to keep treading while Kobe Bryant , Steve Blake and Steve Nash sit out, this is it. Then again, Pau Gasol will not travel for Friday's game against the Jazz.
SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OAKLAND -- Already short-handed, the Lakers will play Golden State tonight without Pau Gasol. Gasol had one of his best games of the season Friday against Minnesota, but has been sidelined a day later because of an upper respiratory infection. Chris Kaman will start in Gasol's place. "We'll give him an opportunity," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He played well [Friday] night so I'm sure he's looking forward to it. " Kaman had six points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of the Lakers' 104-91 victory over Minnesota.
SCIENCE
December 19, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Scientists say they have discovered a key process by which the AIDS virus kills key immune cells: It triggers a preprogrammed self-destruct sequence within the cell that is intended to alert fellow immune cells of a crisis. In papers published simultaneously Thursday in Science and Nature , researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco wrote that they had not only discovered this little-understood process, but had also identified an existing drug that may halt it. "Our studies have investigated and identified the root cause of AIDS," said Gilad Doitsh, a coauthor of both studies and a Gladstone virologist.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have tuberculosis, a contagious airborne disease. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have the contagious airborne disease tuberculosis. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A drug-addicted medical technician has been sentenced to 39 years in federal prison for infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C while working at hospitals in several states. David M. Kwiatkowski, 34, had worked at medical facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Georgia and New Hampshire as of 2007. In 2010, he learned that he had hepatitis C, a potentially lethal viral disease that can seriously damage the liver in some patients. He also claimed to have Crohn's disease, a digestive ailment.
SCIENCE
October 3, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Fecal transplants are gaining ground as a highly effective treatment for recurrent infection with the intestinal bacteria clostridium difficile . But the "yuck factor" of the procedure continues to deter physicians from offering it to patients who could benefit, said a practicing gastroenterologist, who has come up with a solution to the problem: a gelatin capsule filled with the highly compacted fecal matter of a patient's family member. "There is no smell. We basically have a little cubette of microbes and we pour it into the capsules," said Dr. Thomas Louie of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
SCIENCE
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...
BUSINESS
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.
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