LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/23

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times.

    Concerns about diabetes drug Avandia aren’t new

    WASHINGTON – Federal investigators warned nearly five years ago that the diabetes drug Avandia might be causing heart failure, according to an internal government memo released Tuesday by a consumer group. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer.

    FDA approves first pill to stop periods

    The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first birth control pill designed to eliminate a woman’s monthly period. By Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer.

    Suicides a symptom of larger UC crisis

    DAVIS, CALIF. – As 20-year-old Jennifer Tse was dying in January, she typed a message on her laptop to the coroner’s investigators she expected would examine her body. The lonely UC Davis sophomore, depressed and struggling with her studies, had swallowed cold pills, antidepressants, dishwashing liquid and insect poison. Tse’s death is another grim statistic in what university administrators say is an escalating mental health crisis on campuses across the nation. By Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer.

    California urges EPA to change greenhouse gas rules

    WASHINGTON – California presented its case Tuesday for permission to impose tough new limits on greenhouse gas emissions by cars and trucks, pressing a campaign that state officials hope will set the stage for aggressive action nationwide on a major contributor to global warming. By Joel Havemann and Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writers.

    Dying of hospital indifference syndrome

    When he saw The Times’ story about the woman who died on the floor of the King-Harbor hospital emergency room while staffers ignored her pleas for help, Eric Johnson was more relieved than shocked. The 47-year-old South Los Angeles man counted himself lucky that his own recent visit to King-Harbor hospital hadn’t ended the same way. By Steve Lopez, Times Staff Writer.

    L.A. County considers ban on polystyrene containers

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to consider banning plastic foam food containers from restaurants and stores in unincorporated areas because they add to the region’s mounting pollution problem. By Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer.

    Fresh water takes its toll on whales

    SACRAMENTO – After 10 days cruising the Sacramento River and delta, two wayward humpback whales are beginning to show the first signs of ill health from prolonged exposure to fresh water, experts said Tuesday. By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer.

    Hot topic: our fragile food system

    Monterey, Calif. – WITH all the talk about “sustainable” agriculture, sustainable fishing and sustainable eating, it was remarkable how little agreement there was last week at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 2nd annual Sustainable Foods Institute about what sustainable actually means. By Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer.

    Report lists factors in deaths of Forest Service crew

    Deadly miscalculations, unpredictable fire behavior and a misguided decision to save homes in the path of a fast-moving wildfire led to the deaths of a U.S. Forest Service crew overrun by the Riverside County fire in October, according to a report by state and federal fire officials released Tuesday. By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers.

    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, 74; won Nobel Prize in physics for

    liquid crystal work Nobel Prize-winning scientist Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who was dubbed the “Isaac Newton of our time” for his pioneering research on liquid crystals, has died. He was 74. From Times Staff and Wire Reports.

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