LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/22
These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times.
Diabetes drug Avandia boosts heart attack risk, study finds
A widely prescribed drug to treat Type 2 diabetes substantially increases the risk of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study released today that critics say questions the government’s ability to monitor drug safety. By Karen Kaplan and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers.
Aspiring abortion doctors drawn to embattled field
Medical students cite defiance and conscience as a reason to choose the career. ‘It doesn’t matter what you believe if you don’t back it up with action,’ one says. By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer.
- SPORTS DRUG TESTING
Landis expert calls lab results unreliable
Implications that Tour de France winner Floyd Landis may have used testosterone to bolster his endurance or add a shot of aggressiveness late in the race were dismissed by an expert Monday. By Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer.
- ENDANGERED SPECIES
Whales linger on return toward sea
SACRAMENTO – A pair of wayward humpback whales continued their improbable trek through the inland waterways of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on Monday, pressing toward the Pacific before stalling out near a steel bridge 60 miles from the sea. By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer.
Beauty in the misty moonlight
Elusive moonbows have long graced Yosemite Falls. Now a team of astronomers can predict when they will occur. By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer.