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.
L’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.”
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.
Batman 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 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.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and double Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actress, has called on the Americans living outside the United Sates to vote for the Democratic Party’s Barack Obama.
In the Web video launched on Monday by Democrats Abroad, an organization sanctioned by the national Democratic Party, Paltrow says, Cast your vote and make it for Barack Obama.
John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, incensed some of his prominent donors, such as Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris Hilton, by his television ad comparing Barack Obama to daughter Paris and Britney Spears.
Christina Applegate, former star of “Married with Children,” has been diagnosed with early form of breast cancer, which is expected to fully recover, her publicist Ame Van Iden said. The 36-year-old, Emmy award winner began acting in films and television as a child and has appeared in shows such as "Quincy," "Family Ties," "21 Jump Street," "Charles in Charge" and Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories."
This year the nonfiction films like Edward S. Curtis’ “In the Land of the Head Hunters” (1914) and Nanette Burstein’s “American Teen” (2008) seemed to challenge the conventional definition of a documentary in the Seattle International Film Festival.
Though one might feel that the Curtis film is more “authentic” while Burstein’s account of modern high-school rituals seems a little slick, “American Teens” has revealing moments with such an authentic feel that the movie can generate an odd sense of nostalgia.
Lindsay Lohan on Friday retorted to the Los Angeles police chief, who explained that the paparazzi were no longer an issue, partially because the 22-year-old actress had evidently “gone gay,” saying the chief cop should mind his own business.
“Police chiefs shouldn’t get involved in everybody else’s business or their personal lives. It’s inappropriate,” Lohan told the photographers as she made her way through Los Angeles International Airport along with her gal pal Samantha Ronson.
Exclusive photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins have been sold to entertainment news magazines People and Hello!, for $14 million, with all proceeds going to charity.
People will feature twin babies Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon in an issue to hit news stands on Monday, said spokeswoman Nancy Valentino on Friday.