Scientists have long been trying to develop a noninvasive prenatal test for Down syndrome that would replace the current risky amniocentesis which can cause miscarriages. This thirty year long attempt could be successfully solved if the new technique developed by scientists which requires a simple blood test to test for Down syndrome holds up in larger trials.
Stephen Quake, a bioengineer and his team at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, used powerful genetic techniques and sequenced the fetal DNA floating in the mother’s blood. They managed to successfully detect nine cases of the disease with 100 % accuracy.
The National Asian-American Survey indicates that Asian American voters support Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain by a substantial margin. However, a third of the voters still seem undecided, and could have an impact on the race in swing states, particularly Virginia, Florida and Nevada.
With the Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, defending her claim that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists” and saying his association with a 1960s radical is an issue “fair to talk about”, there are clear indications that the 2008 presidential race has entered its ugliest and most rancorous phase.
During the course of a fundraising swing in California, Palin promised a crowd of 1,300 Republican supporters in Burlingame that John McCain is ready to get tough and “lay out the truth” about the ‘real” Barack Obama.
Health officials say 130 students of University of Southern California have fallen sick and been hospitalized due to a norovirus and not contaminated food this weekend. According to university spokesman James Grant the campus community was alerted about the virus early Saturday and preliminary examination has found a norovirus to be the cause of the illness on campus. "We don't think it's a food borne illness. It looks like it's a human-contact virus, stomach flu." He added that the initial findings would not be confirmed until the test results are returned by the county health department in two to three weeks.
A $7 billion emergency loan from the federal government is what California - the most populous US state and the world’s sixth-largest economy – may need, according to the intimation by the state officials to the Treasury Department. This need has arisen due to the shortage of cash and the inability to borrow more.
The economic crisis has shaken the creditors to such an extent that they are not ready to provide short-term finances that governments, normally considered safe bets, depend on to stay afloat until tax revenue is collected.
Amanda Peet, actress, new mom and a spokeswoman for vaccine advocacy group Every Child by Two, came under fire when she in an interview called parents who elected to not to vaccinate their children “parasites”.
California Highway Patrol arrested television star Heather Locklear, 47, outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara on Saturday, for suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
The star of television shows, including Melrose Place, Locklear, has been suffering from anxiety and depression after her divorce last year from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11-years of marriage. She checked into a medical clinic in June to seek treatment for her condition.
‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) on NBC, in its third season, opened with a memorable sketch, featuring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. This Saturday, the NBC comedy brought back the tandem of Fey and Poehler once again – though Fey reprised her role as Palin, Poehler this time around played CBS’s Katie Couric – in a skit parodying Palin’s interview earlier this week.
The California Republican Party’s fall convention had former Governor Pete Wilson urging his fellow Republicans to fight the recall drive against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his lunchtime speech to about 250 delegates, Wilson did not directly address the rift between Schwarzenegger and others in his party. He told delegates that the threat from the state prison guards union should be taken seriously.
Britney Spear is filming as a waitress in her new video “Womanizer”. The pop star was wearing a black wig and a red lipstick during the shoot. She plays a vampy waitress/erotic dancer and makes out with a hot boy toy on a table. This is quite similar to her other videos, pre-Blackout.
The shooting took place at Elevate Lounge, a club located within Takami Sushi & Robata restaurant on the 21st floor of an office building in downtown L.A. Dancers at the shoot were dressed in waiter uniforms - white dress shirts, skinny ties, and black pants or leggings.
A celebrated US actress Jennifer Aniston is eager to patch up her relationship with ex-boyfriend John Mayer. It is reported that the former Friends actress, who broke up with the Gravity singer last month is calling John almost every day with the aim to get back with the man once again.
A source recently informed, “Jennifer reached out to John first. She had a few glasses of wine - then decided to throw caution to the wind and make the first move.”
Britney Spears fans had a fantastic day as “Womanizer” was leaked on the internet. The video made its presence felt on Nashville radio station 107.5 The River’s website Friday, September 19th.
A brief clip was recorded when a radio rep from The River previewed it over the phone. The single was set to be released September 22nd. Jive Records' Zomba Label Group is delaying the release for at least another week. This means that radio stations won't be playing it until Sept. 29 at the earliest.
Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Tarceva - a cancer drug, in a letter posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#Tarceva, alerted doctors about liver damage in patients who took the drug, as part of a post-approval study designed for patients with moderate liver impairment and advanced tumours.
The two deaths related to Tarceva saw one patient dying from rapidly progressing liver failure, while the other developed a fatal liver complication called hepatorenal syndrome, leading to his death.
A new study reveals that even five years after a drug becomes available on the market, many clinical trials or drug studies submitted to the FDA, never get published in medical journals consulted by most doctors for evaluating overall drug safety and effectiveness.
Looking at 90-drugs approved by FDA between 1998 and 2000, researchers found out of a total of 909-studies, only 394 or 46% got published, with 56% never seeing the light of day.
A Los Angeles judge on Monday ruled out charges of assault and battery brought against Keanu Reeves by a photographer, Alison Silva, who claimed that Reeves intentionally hit him with his car.
Silva alleged that he was struck by Reeves' Porsche while he was photographing the actor in March 2007, causing grave injuries. Reeves' attorneys argued in court documents that Silva positioned his hand on the actor's car and stumbled over his own feet.
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