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Psoriasis Drug Raptiva gets FDA Warning

Psoriasis Drug Raptiva gets FDA Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is giving a "black box" warning to Raptiva, the psoriasis drug, about the risk of life-threatening infections including a rare brain infection and meningitis.

Genentech Inc.'s drug Raptiva will now have a Boxed Warning highlighting the risk of bacterial sepsis, viral meningitis, invasive fungal disease, PML and other opportunistic infections. The label will also include data from juvenile animal studies in mice, which indicate a potential risk for the permanent suppression of the immune system with repeat administration of Raptiva juveniles.


Parents not notified about teacher’s gender reassignment surgery

Parents not notified about teacher’s gender reassignment surgery

Parents of some students of Foxboro Elementary School, in Vacaville, California, have complained that they were not informed about a music teacher’s gender reassignment surgery.

According to KCRA-TV, Sacramento reports Thursday, the irked parents told the Travis Unified School District that they believe they should have been notified about the gender switch of the teacher in advance, before the school year began.


Google Posts 26% Profit Increase For The Third Quarter

Google Posts 26% Profit Increase For The Third QuarterShowing its resilience in the midst of the economic turbulence, Internet giant Google Inc. posted a 26% profit increase and a 31% revenue jump for the third quarter. The reassuring performance, surpassing forecasts by analysts, lifted Google shares by more than 10% late Thursday.


Volatile Economy impacts Hollywood Studios

Volatile Economy impacts Hollywood Studios

Hollywood may be resistant to recession, but a volatile economy has Paramount Pictures paring back film releases to 20-films in 2009, down from 25-films in 2008 and 28-films in 2007.  With shares in its parent company - Viacom Inc. closing down nearly 8.9%, Paramount has been seen cutting costs to the tune of $50-million.


Britney Spears’ trial - jury selection begins

Britney Spears’ trial - jury selection begins

The selection of jury has begun in Britney Spears’ trial, on a driving-without-a-license charge, at the San Fernando Valley courtroom. The first slate of potential jurors, identified only by numbers, who arrived on Wednesday morning expressed doubts about the 26-year-old pop star’s innocence.

One of the jurors, an elderly woman who works as a substitute teacher, said: “I’m sure that she’s guilty. From what I see in the media, I cannot be fair, I have bias.”


Key Test often Skipped before Angioplasty by Doctors

Key Test often Skipped before Angioplasty by Doctors

U.S. researchers said on Tuesday that people on Medicare who elect for non-emergency artery-opening procedures for heart disease do not get the recommended cardiac stress test beforehand. The surgery, known as PCI or percutaneous coronary intervention, costs Medicare, the U.S. government's health insurance program $10,000 to $15,000 per procedure for people aged 65 and older.


Intel reports record revenue and earnings in 3Q

Intel reports record revenue and earnings in 3Q

Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker on Tuesday reported record revenue and earnings for the third quarter, saying that its profit during the quarter rose 12%, beating the estimates of the analysts.

In a statement, Paul Otellini, the CEO of the chip giant, said: “Intel delivered the best third-quarter revenue in its history,” and added: “We were solidly profitable.”


Mel Gibson Turns Down Lethal Weapon 5

Mel Gibson Turns Down Lethal Weapon 5

Lethal Weapon 4 slated for a reboot has been turned down by Mel Gibson, who, playing the role of Officer Riggs, has been part of all four Lethal Weapon movies.  

And, without Mel Gibson, it seems that Lethal Weapon 5 probably won’t happen at all!


Wildfire In North-east Of Los Angeles Burns 2,000-Acres

A wildfire that broke out early Sunday morning just 2-miles of downtown Los Angeles has burnt through 2,066 acres in the Angeles National Forest, damaging a house, a garage, several sheds and three mobile homes.

More than 1,200-people evacuated from 450-homes to a shelter set up at nearby San Fernando High School, while horses and farm animals have been evacuated to Hansen Dam.

There are some 1,000 people fighting the fire together with water-spraying helicopters and planes.  No injuries have been reported so far, while the cause of fire is under investigation.


‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ Tops The Box Office

‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ Tops The Box Office‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’, a movie about talking dogs topped the weekend box office, trampling Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe’s ‘Body of Lies’ based on Iraq and the mess called the Middle East, proving movie stars seem to have lost their ability to rake in theatre audiences.  The terrorism thriller only managed to collect an anaemic $13.1-million, despite starring DiCaprio and Crowe, who are considered two of the biggest draws in the movie business.


Latest Polls: Obama Leads McCain In California, Colorado

Latest Polls: Obama Leads McCain In California, ColoradoObama is presently hot popular in California and Colorado; that’s what the latest Obama vs McCain California, Colorado opinion polls indicate. According to the polls, Barack Obama is having hefty lead over John McCain, in presidential race, in California and Colorado.

Rasmussen Reports poll shows Obama’s lead in California, and Public Policy Polling poll shows Obama leading in Colorado. Let’s check out what these latest McCain vs Obama California, Colorado opinion polls show.


Opinion Polls: Obama’s Having Hefty Lead Over McCain In California, Delaware, Iowa, Maine

Opinion Polls: Obama’s Having Hefty Lead Over McCain In California, Delaware, Iowa, Maine According to recent Obama vs McCain polls conducted in California, Delaware, Iowa, and Maine, Barack Obama is presently having hefty lead over John McCain in these states.

Surely, California, Delaware, Iowa, and Maine are strongholds of Democratic Party. Let’s check out the recent Obama vs McCain polls conducted in California, Delaware, Iowa, and Maine.

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Scripps’ Study To Access Change In Behavior Of People Undergoing Genetic Testing

San Diego’s Scripps Translational Science Institute will pioneer a study to assess if people undergoing genetic testing experience a change in their behavior.

The aim of the study is to analyze if the testing has any positive effects on the health by motivating them for changes in lifestyle. The changes include exercising, better eating habits and quitting smoking.

Genome scan using saliva of people, above the age of 18, is used for analysis. The analysts will study their genetic risk for more than 20 diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and some types of cancer. The researchers will find the effect of life style on these diseases.


Full TV shows, with ads, on YouTube

Full TV shows, with ads, on YouTubeMonths of experimenting with long-form video has yielded fruit for the Google Inc.’s website – YouTube. On Friday, the website announced that it would start offering full-length episodes of some television shows. The longer videos will include commercial slots for advertising before, during and after each episode, enabling Google to raise more revenue from its nearly four-year-old video sharing site.


Golden Gate Bridge To Have Hanging Nets To Check Suicides

Golden Gate Bridge To Have Hanging Nets To Check Suicides San Francisco officials voted on Friday in favor of hanging stainless steel nets, costing up to $50 million, from the sides of the Golden Gate Bridge in an effort to ‘catch’ would-be suicide jumpers. Officials said the steel nets, hanging 6 meters below the bridge and extending about 6 meters from each side, would save lives without any defacement to the appearance of California’s world-famous landmark.


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