January 30, 2014 |
Migrating birds probably did it. That's what UC Davis epidemiology professor Janet Foley says after DNA detective work confirmed that a disease-carrying tick only found in the southeastern United States has colonized a federally endangered rodent population in an extremely isolated patch of Mojave Desert wetlands. DNA sequencing also shows that the relic population of Amargosa voles near Tecopa, Calif., just east of Death Valley National Park, and the tick that scientists know as Ixodes minor also share Borrelia burgdorferi , the tick-borne bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.
January 21, 2014 |
Monday night's season finale of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" rose a bit in the ratings as NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" returned with a jump and "The Bachelor" held steady. According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the quirky Ichabod Crane drama on Fox drew an average of 6.9 million viewers during its two-hour first season closer and scored a rating of 2.4 among key 18-49-year-olds. The finale rose 6% from last week in total viewers and 5% in the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic.
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December 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - As the clock ticks toward a 5 p.m. deadline for Children's Hospital Oakland to remove a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead from a ventilator, experts in medical and legal ethics say there are no “gray areas” in the case and it should never have gotten this far. Furthermore, they warn, if the family of Jahi McMath were to find a facility to accept her, the hospital would set a troubling precedent if physicians there were to surgically insert...
December 17, 2013 |
Led by positive data on sales of new single-family housing, home-builder confidence ticked up in December, reaching its highest reading in four months. The gauge of the National Assn. of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached 58 last month. Figures above 50 signal that builders are optimistic. “This is definitely an encouraging sign as we move into 2014,” said Rick Judson, NAHB's chairman and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This indicates that an increasing number of builders have a positive view on where the industry is going.” The housing market has recently cooled, a trend that begin this summer.
November 7, 2013 |
There is a subculture in America you may know little about. Its members are haunted by a slender, twisting, tick-borne germ known as Borrelia burgdorferi , the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and they are trying desperately to warn us that we are all at risk of contracting a debilitating, chronic illness characterized by joint pain, fatigue, mood disorders and a long list of other symptoms. Arrayed against these true believers are most of the mainstream scientists who study B. burgdorferi . Although they acknowledge that Lyme disease is a genuine illness that humans can get from being bitten by infected ticks, and that those who are not treated promptly can develop worse symptoms, they don't believe that infection leads to a chronic condition.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure - a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government shutdown. Employers last month added a modest 148,000 net new jobs, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was down from an upwardly revised job growth of 193,000 in August, and well below analysts' forecasts for about 180,000 new jobs in September.