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California Utility Faces Criminal Charges Over Ongoing Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Co., the utility that owns a natural gas storage well that has been leaking since November, faces criminal charges over the leak and its alleged delay in alerting authorities to the problem. Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the company with three misdemeanor counts of failing to report Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Utility Faces Criminal Charges Over Ongoing Gas Leak →

What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor?

Imagine if instead of schlepping across town to your physician’s office, spending a half-hour in the waiting room leafing through a year-old National Geographic, and spending just long enough with the doc to get a prescription, you could instead request a personal house call in the form of a hologram. Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor? →

Stanford Develops Fast, Affordable Genetic Test for Newborns

The bad news came on Kirsten McGowan’s birthday. She was pregnant with her first child Patrick, and discovered she was a carrier for cystic fibrosis. A child can only inherit the disease if both parents are carriers, and McGowan’s husband also tested positive. “It hit us out of the blue,” McGowan says. The Read More … Continue reading Stanford Develops Fast, Affordable Genetic Test for Newborns →

Pressure Continues to Build on SoCalGas Over Porter Ranch Leak

With natural gas billowing and public pressure mounting around a broken well at Aliso Canyon, public officials this week pushed for federal and state investigations and more oversight of the troubled gas field and others like it. On Tuesday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District filed a civil Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading Pressure Continues to Build on SoCalGas Over Porter Ranch Leak →

Have Alzheimer’s Researchers Been on the Wrong Track for 30 Years?

STAT’s “Signal” podcast has put up its latest episode, called “Choosing scientific sides in the fight against Alzheimer’s.” The segment takes a look at the controversy around the theory that the buildup in the brain of a protein called beta amyloid is a key cause of Alzheimer’s. Read More … Source:: Future of You – … Continue reading Have Alzheimer’s Researchers Been on the Wrong Track for 30 Years? →

New Hepatitis C Drug Could Bring Down Cost of Treatment

Patients with hepatitis C have yet another advanced treatment option, as the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new once-a-day pill developed by drugmaker Merck. The FDA said Merck can begin marketing Zepatier for patients with two of the subtypes the liver-destroying virus, types 1 and 4. The combination Read More … Source:: … Continue reading New Hepatitis C Drug Could Bring Down Cost of Treatment →

Walgreens Suspends Theranos Service at Palo Alto Store

Probably not surprising, but … Early Theranos-adopter Walgreens is suspending the blood-testing company’s services at the drugstore chain’s outlet in Palo Alto, Calif. — which is Theranos’ hometown. It has also told Theranos to “immediately cease” sending samples collected at the drugstore chain to a lab that the government Read More … Source:: Future of … Continue reading Walgreens Suspends Theranos Service at Palo Alto Store →

A Schizophrenic’s Poignant Journey — All Told on YouTube

When she was 22, Rachel Star Withers uploaded a video to YouTube called “Normal: Living With Schizophrenia.” It starts with her striding across her family’s property in Fort Mill, S.C. She looks across the rolling grounds, unsmiling. Her eyes are narrow and grim. She sits down in front of a deserted Read More … Source:: … Continue reading A Schizophrenic’s Poignant Journey — All Told on YouTube →

Air Regulators Sue SoCalGas Over Massive Porter Ranch Leak

Local air regulators are suing Southern California Gas Co. over the massive ongoing natural gas leak near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch, seeking millions of dollars in penalties. The civil suit alleges that SoCalGas’s negligence led to injuries and has created “an ongoing public nuisance.” The South Coast Air Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Air Regulators Sue SoCalGas Over Massive Porter Ranch Leak →

Government Says Theranos Lab Problems Pose ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patients

A government inspection of blood-testing company Theranos’ lab has found deficiencies that “pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.” The letter informing Theranos of the inspection results was sent to the company on Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which conducted the inspection. CMS Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading Government Says Theranos Lab Problems Pose ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patients →

Scientists Report Big Step Forward in Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it. The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Scientists Report Big Step Forward in Understanding Schizophrenia →

For Theranos, the Bad News Keeps Coming

So how much do Theranos employees not look forward to the morning delivery of The Wall Street Journal? On Sunday, the paper published another damaging report about the blood-testing company’s swift fall from grace. The Journal said an inspection of Theranos’ lab in Newark, Calif. by the Centers for Read More … Source:: Future of … Continue reading For Theranos, the Bad News Keeps Coming →