Infections could be the cause of a number of premature births, say researchers. A study by a team at Stanford University in California found that about one out of seven women who had bacteria or fungi in their amniotic fluid went into pre-term labor. The heavier the infection, the more likely were the women to deliver babies earlier or babies who were sicker.
Dr. Dan DiGiulio, who worked on the study, said, "If we could prevent these infections in the first place, or detect them sooner, we might one day be able to prevent some of these premature births."
Seventy-two-year old woman in Orange County has become the first victim to succumb to the West Nile virus in California this year. The California State Department of Public Health said the Buena Park resident is said to have died of complications and infection from the flu like illness. Spread by mosquitoes, the virus was first spotted in 1999 in New York State and now has been found across the United States.
It appears that the Golden State strongly wants Barack Obama. Yes, the latest Rasmussen Reports’ Obama McCain California pre-election opinion poll, conducted in the state shows that California voters lean strongly in Barack Obama’s favor.
Rasmussen Reports’ telephone survey articulates that Barack Obama has huge lead over his Republican rival John McCain in California, the state with 55 Electoral College votes.
The recent study conducted by the researchers at the University of California, Davis has shown that mosquitoes don’t like the smell of DEET, the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. Mosquitoes are known for spreading diseases like West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and malaria.
According to statistics, about 200 million people use DEET-based repellants to protect themselves against disease-carrying insects.
Justin Timberlake has denied reports of teaming up with former girlfriend Britney Spears to collaborate on a song.
According to PageSix, Spears and Timberlake were supposed to work together on a duet for Britney’s latest album “Blackout”, but the distressed pop star reportedly did not show up for a scheduled recording session at Timbaland’s Virginia Beach studio last August.
Christina Applegate revealed the details of her treatment with a sporting candor. Applegate, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, has had both her breasts removed. She had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
In an interview with Good Morning America she said, "My decision - after looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me - the only one that seemed the most logical, and the one that was going to work for me, was to have a bilateral mastectomy.
Genentech announced on Thursday that it would spend up to $371 million on retention bonuses to prevent its employees from leaving because of the possible acquisition of the company by its majority shareowner, Roche.
Genentech included the detailed plan in documents filed on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The company said the retention plan would encompass practically all of its 10,700 employees. Its chief executive, Arthur D. Levinson, would be entitled to a bonus of $8.7 million.
Authorities are investigating the charges against Dr. Vinod Chandrashekm Patwardhan since April. These investigations started when one of the doctor's medical assistants informed authorities about illegal import of chemotherapy drugs from Honduras and India by the doctor.
Finally authorities arrested Mr. Patwardhan from his medical office on the 900 block of West Foothill Boulevard of Friday. He was arrested for breaking interstate commerce laws. Criminal charges were filed against doctor for giving partial dosages to his cancer patients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that the chemical traces found in baby bottles, canned food and other such items did not pose any threat to infants or adults. The FDA said it will hold a public meeting next month to assess the safety of a chemical found in baby bottles and many other products and welcomed public inputs on the issue.
A number of studies reveal that the trauma caused during the war continues to haunt the combat veterans long after the war ends.
A large number of U.S. veterans back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to binge on alcohol after returning, perhaps to cope with harrowing memories of the war, military researchers said on Tuesday.
The researchers studied 48,400 service members before (between 2001 and 2003) and after probable deployment (2004 to 2006) to identify heavy drinkers or those with other alcohol-related problems.
Out of those interviewed, 5,500 had experienced war and they were interviewed nearly a year after their return.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the HIV drug ‘Viread’ to treat chronic hepatitis B infection in adults. The California-based Gilead Sciences drug, Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) has been approved since 2001 to treat HIV/AIDS. To be taken once a day in a tablet form, it blocks an enzyme, which the hepatitis B virus needs to replicate in liver cells.
In a news release, Gilead said, “A significantly greater percentage of patients with chronic hepatitis B who received Viread achieved a complete response to treatment compared to those who received Hepsera.”
Estill Mitts, 64, the operator of a Skid Row health assessment center pleaded not guilty Monday to taking bribes to recruit homeless people as counterfeit patients for three Southern California hospitals.
He entered his plea in U.S. District Court to conspiracy, money laundering and other charges.
A federal indictment accuses Mitts of delivering homeless people for unnecessary medical procedures to City of Angels Medical Center, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center or Tustin Hospital and Medical Center, for as much as $20,000 a month.
Run to catch a healthier and longer life! According to a study by US researchers, running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing.
The study published on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that middle-aged members of a runner's club were 50 percent as likely to die over a 20-year period as people who did not run.
“At 19 years, 15 percent of runners had died compared with 34 percent of controls,” Dr. Eliza Chakravarty and colleagues wrote in the study.
The U.S. Agriculture Department said a food company was voluntarily recalling frozen ground beef that had been linked to 27 confirmed cases of E. coli. S&S Foods of Azusa, Calif., said it is recalling 153,630 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 that were shipped to distribution centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Los Angeles is considering going the New York way with calorie counts being posted on the menus at eateries becoming mandatory. Two Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich are to present a proposed ordinance to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to compel fast food chains and restaurants to post the number of calories in each item next to the price on the menu.