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March 11, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
On monday in Washington, President Obama heralded the return of what he terms "sound science" to the administration of federal policy. At that moment in Los Angeles, a joint federal and local law enforcement task force was investigating the latest incident in a 3-year-old terrorist campaign being waged against UCLA medical researchers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 | Eric Bailey
On the cusp of a new era in stem cell science, Democratic heavyweights are pushing to install the outgoing California Democratic Party chief in a leadership post at the state's $3-billion research program. Art Torres, who served two decades as a state lawmaker before assuming the party chairmanship a dozen years ago, is being backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, among others.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2009 | Deborah L. Shelton
Patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who received deep brain stimulation showed greater improvement in movement and quality of life after six months than those treated with medication, a new study shows. But the deep brain stimulation patients had an almost four times greater risk of serious side effects such as depression, infections, falls or heart problems. Although most side effects could be treated, one patient suffered a brain hemorrhage and died.
SCIENCE
December 27, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
An experimental drug protected mice exposed to tobacco smoke from developing chronic lung disease, raising hope for a treatment in humans, U.S. researchers reported Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. CDDO-Im helped activate a gene called Nrf2 that bolsters the lung's ability to fight off chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and some types of asthma. Researchers exposed mice to cigarette smoke for six months to simulate the lung damage seen in emphysema.
SCIENCE
December 20, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Instead of infiltrating breaks in the skin, HIV appears to attack normal, healthy genital tissue in women, researchers have found. It had been thought that HIV sought breaks in the skin, such as a herpes sore, to gain access to immune-system cells deeper in the tissue. The findings were presented this week at a meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock
Peeking to advance stem cell research in California, philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad announced Wednesday that they will donate $25 million to UC San Francisco for a state-of-the-art laboratory that will bring together some of the world's leading scientists in the field. The gift was hailed by Gov.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Chong is a Times staff writer.
Traumatic brain injuries, one of the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, can be linked to such long-term problems as seizures, aggression and dementia reminiscent of Alzheimer's disease, according to an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday. Even mild brain injuries, the report found, appear associated with some long-term problems. The report is a wake-up call, said Dr.
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