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Timberlake Denies Reports Of Duet With Spears

Timberlake Denies Reports Of Duet With SpearsJustin 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 Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Christina Applegate Undergoes Double MastectomyChristina 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 Plans To Pay Retention Bonuses Of Upto $371 Mn

Genentech announced on Thursday that it would spend up to $371 million Genentech Plans To Pay Retention Bonuses Of Upto $371 Mnon 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.


Doctor Arrested for illegal import of Cancer Drugs

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.


FDA considers Chemical Used in Plastic Bottles Safe

FDA considers Chemical Used in Plastic Bottles SafeThe 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.


Combat Veterans More Likely To Fall Prey To Alcoholism

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.


‘Viread’ Approved By FDA For Hepatitis B

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the HIV drug 'Viread’ Approved By FDA For Hepatitis B‘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.”


Mitts Pleads Not Guilty In Homeless Health Case

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 For Life!

Run to catch a healthier and longer life! According to a study by US Run For Life!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.


S&S Foods Of Azusa Recalls E coli Suspected Beef

S&S Foods Of Azusa Recalls E coli Suspected Beef 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 May Go NY Way To Make Fast Food Eateries Post Counts On Their Menus

Los Angeles May Go NY Way To Make Fast Food Eateries Post Counts On Their MenusLos 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.


L’Oreal Claims That It Did Not Lighten Beyonce’s Skin Tone In Ad

L’Oreal Claims That It Did Not Lighten Beyonce’s Skin Tone In AdL’Oreal clarified on Thursday that it did not lighten Beyonce Knowles’ skin tone in a recent ad contrary to speculation.  

“It is categorically untrue that L’Oréal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin-tone in the campaign for Feria hair color,” a rep for the company said in a statement.

“Beyonce Knowles has been a spokesperson for the L’Oréal Paris brand since 2001. We highly value our relationship with Ms. Knowles.”


'The National Enquirer' Releases Photograph Of John Edwards’ "Love Child"

'The National Enquirer' Releases Photograph Of John Edwards’ "Love Child"Two weeks ago John Edwards was caught by The National Enquirer at the Beverly Hills visiting his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and the illegitimate child they had together. After being caught on the wrong foot by Enquirer reporters, and seeing the flash of photographers' cameras, Edwards took refuge in men's bathroom, where he hid until security escorted him out of the building.


“The Dark Night” Smashes Another Record

“The Dark Night” Smashes Another RecordBatman sequel “The Dark Knight” became the fastest movie in history to break the $400 million domestic sales mark on Monday, achieving the feat in just 18 days. Chrisopher Nolan-directed Batman movie just recorded its third straight weekend in the box office top spot, taking in an estimated $43.8 million.

“Shrek 2”, the previous record holder, the computer-animated storybook spoof reached the $400 million mark in 43 days back in 2004, according to box office watcher Media By Numbers.


Tyra Banks Poses As Michelle Obama In Harper’s Bazaar

Tyra Banks Poses As Michelle Obama In Harper’s BazaarTyra Banks plays Michelle Obama for a new photo shoot in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

“[She’s] so warm and so gracious. She’s got that direct-eye-contact, truly-connecting thing. She’s not a ‘ha, ha, ha’ type… And I love that she’s tall,” Tyra said of Michelle Obama, presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s wife.


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