Health

Price Increase Of Eggs Caused By Bird Flu

CALIFORNIA—The recent avian influenza epidemic has caused a price increase in eggs across the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are two types of avian influenza classified as H5N1; one strain is highly pathogenic and capable of producing rapid widespread disease, and the other is a lower risk. The influenza virus is highly susceptible to mutation,...

Pietro’s Fight Celebrates FDA Approval Of Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Pietro and Dayna Scarso celebrate the FDA's announcement to approve Eteplirsen, the first drug ever made available to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Photo by: Marino Photography
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—In 2011, just before Dayna and Manni Scarso’s son, Pietro, turned three, they discovered his body was deteriorating from the inside out. The Scarsos began suspecting problems when they noticed Pietro’s younger brother, Nico, running up and down stairs while Pietro made slow, valiant attempts, but would then get stuck. Looking back, Manni remembered initially thinking, “maybe Pietro’s just...

UCLA Makes PTSD Breakthrough

WESTWOOD—UCLA scientists have discovered specific genes that are linked to a predisposition to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was published in the February 2015 edition of the Journal of Affective Disorders, and is significant because it answers the question of why some people suffer from PTSD and others do not. The findings also provide a “biological basis for diagnosing and treating...

The Children Of Our Vaccination Nation

CALIFORNIA—In June 2015, California passed a new law requiring children to be vaccinated against high-risk infectious diseases. Starting July 1, 2016, all children, 18 months or older, enrolled in public or private schools or in daycare facilities will be required to be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, tetanus, varicella (chickenpox), haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), mumps, and...

Blue Shield Of California Tax Audit

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CALIFORNIA—On June 3, 2014, tax officials sent a 16-page report to Blue Shield California, the state’s third largest insurer. The tax board did not comment on why blue shield was audited, but after consideration it was decided that the non-profit health plan provider would now have to pay state taxes. They had earlier cited confidentiality reasons for not making...

Health Officials Issue Alert About Counterfeit Xanax

Xanax
SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco County Health official has issued a warning, urging people not to buy Xanax on the street.  As of Friday, October 23, four people have been found dead due to overdosing on what are believed to be counterfeit Xanax pills containing a strong opioid called fentanyl. The most recent victim was identified as 34-year-old Andrea Choye. Fentanyl is...

One Too Many Snacks

UNITED STATES—Snacks, you got to love them, but at the same time you have to hate them. There is not a single person in America who can tell me right now that they do not like to snack. If they were to say so I would immediately know they are lying. Even I’m guilty of snacking between meals, which...

Going Vegan Is Not Easy!

UNITED STATES—For quite some time I have been thinking about going vegan. On occasion, I have actually done it, where I would completely give up red meat, pork and seafood. Yes, I know what you all are thinking, but what about chicken. Yes, I do indulge in chicken a bit simply because I need to have protein in my...

For Tomato Lovers

LOS ANGELES—This year spring was marked by my first ever visit to Tomato-Mania, reminding me that it’s time to spruce up the garden and make new choices now that the drought is in the rear view mirror. Coming from the east coast, it’s hard to acclimate to spring in early March. Every year something pulls my attention to the arrival...

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Beauty Hacks From Home

UNITED STATES—The holiday season is in full swing, and simultaneously as we buy gifts for those we love, we find our wallets (and our patience) getting thinner and our time for self-care is seriously cut back.  You will inevitably be seeing many people; family, friends, co-workers at parties, etc. With a busy schedule, it is hard to make time...
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