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SCIENCE
July 2, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
[This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.] A federally approved drug already being inhaled by asthma patients may make mice with Down syndrome smarter, according to a new study. Researchers chose to test the widely manufactured bronchodilator, Formoterol, because it also acts on a brain chemical crucial to memory-based learning. Earlier research had shown a similar compound successfully stimulated production of that brain chemical, called a neurotransmitter, which then improved neuron formation and cognition in mice that had been genetically altered to show symptoms of Down syndrome, according to Dr. Ahmad Salehi, a Stanford University neurobiologist who led the study, published Tuesday in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
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BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
Electronic cigarettes along with products containing nicotine will be classified and licensed as medication in Britainby 2016. The battery-powered cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, deliver an experience similar to standard cigarettes by heating liquid nicotine in a disposable cartridge and producing a vapor that can be inhaled. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in Britain said in a statement Wednesday that it would regulate all such products to ensure that they are "safe, are of the right quality and work.
OPINION
June 3, 2013 | By David Margolius
As the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility. " That applies to physicians when prescribing medications, but it also should apply to pharmacies when they're dispensing medications. In December, after seven years of exams, lectures and rounds, I received my medical license. Finally, I had the power to prescribe medications without the co-signature of my supervisor. "Be careful," she advised, "remember the story of 'once.'" The story of "once" is a cautionary tale that - best as I am able to tell from Google - was adapted from a Spanish soap opera.
OPINION
May 29, 2013 | Patt Morrison
In 2004, with President George W. Bush dead set against stem cell research, California just went ahead and did it. Voters made stem cell research a state constitutional right, and endorsed $3 billion in bond sales for 10 years to cement the deal. CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine created under Proposition 71, has become a world center for stem cell research, and its president is Australian Alan Trounson, a pioneer in in vitro fertilization. As Proposition 71 approaches its 10-year anniversary, Trounson offers a prognosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
After years of futile attempts by lawmakers to regulate the medical marijuana industry in Los Angeles, a ballot measure to sharply limit the number of pot dispensaries in the city was leading in early returns Tuesday. Proposition D would reduce the number of pot shops to about 130 from around 700 by allowing only those that opened before the adoption of a failed 2007 city moratorium on new dispensaries. A rival initiative, Measure F, which would have allowed an unlimited number of dispensaries to operate, was trailing.
OPINION
May 18, 2013
Re "The marijuana measures," Editorial, May 10 Your editorial supporting Measure D mentions medical marijuana as a treatment for glaucoma patients. In my 25 years as a glaucoma sufferer, I have never been prescribed marijuana. In fact, research suggests that the side-effects of smoking pot outweigh any therapeutic benefits. Medical marijuana should not be used as an excuse to pass Measure D. John Choy Torrance ALSO: Letters: Jolie's choice Letters: The next dog Letters: It's UC, not McDonald's
BUSINESS
May 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Two of the nation's largest biotech companies - Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks and Genentech Inc. of South San Francisco - are fighting in Sacramento to keep a tight grip on some of their most lucrative drugs. At stake is a potential market worth tens of billions of dollars for pricey biological medicines they make from human blood, serums, bacterial cultures, viruses and other microorganisms. They are used to treat cancers, immune disorders and many other complex diseases.
HEALTH
May 11, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Here's a new way to use that medicine ball and challenge your muscles all the way from calves to shoulders. Demonstrated by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey, who uses it in his "Core Power & Stamina" DVD, it's a great timesaving move to add to your next strength workout. What it does The squat on the balls of your feet tones your quadriceps, hamstrings and calves, while the rotation and extension of the medicine ball tones your shoulders, challenges your core and helps to improve your balance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013
Frederic Franklin Dancer helped popularize modern ballet in U.S. Frederic Franklin, 98, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States, died Saturday at a Manhattan, N.Y., hospital of complications from pneumonia, according to his partner, William Ausman. Franklin last appeared with the American Ballet Theatre at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts three years ago - as a friar in "Romeo and Juliet. " "He was a seminal figure in the ballet world," said the company's artistic director, Kevin McKenzie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For the first half of the 20th century, the cell was a mysterious, unfathomable entity. Nutrients went in and hormones, wastes and other products came out. But what happened in between was anybody's guess. Light microscopes could reveal the rough details of the cell's interior, but not with enough precision to illuminate function. Chemical studies were rudimentary at best. Three men changed that. Albert Claude of the Rockefeller Institute - now University - adapted the electron microscope to image cells, allowing a much higher resolution.
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