FDA OKs Powerful Opioid Pill as Alternative to IV Painkiller
11/7/2018 8:36:22 PM

By Linda K. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said there will be “very tight restrictions” placed on its distribution and it is intended only for supervised settings like hospitals. The tiny pill was developed as an option for patients who pose difficulties for...

Appendix Removal Is Linked to Lower Risk of Parkinson's
11/7/2018 8:35:43 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson's disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut—maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers reported last week. Why? A peek at surgically removed appendix tissue shows this tiny organ, often considered useless, seems to be a storage depot for an abnormal protein—one that, if it somehow makes its way into the brain, becomes a hallmark of...

L.A. Care’s Lynwood Family Resource Center is Doubling in Size
11/7/2018 8:34:45 PM

By Staff Reports   L.A. Care’s first Family Resource Center (FRC) located in Lynwood, has virtually doubled in size and moved next door. The center, which was the first of L.A. Care’s five FRCs, has been in Plaza Mexico for 11 years, but the new facility is nearly 7,400 square feet. L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, is holding a community celebration in honor of the Grand Re-Opening this coming Saturday, November 10th from 11am-3pm. “We have been an important resource in the community for more than a...

Jury Says 'Disease Expert' Must Pay $105 Million to Cancer Victim
11/7/2018 8:33:49 PM

By Staff Reports SAN DIEGO (AP)—A California man convicted of practicing medicine without a license must pay more than $105 million to a woman who said he falsely promised to cure her breast cancer. KNSD-TV says San Diego jurors decided Wednesday that Robert O. Young must pay medical expenses and damages. Young says he'll appeal. Young wrote “The pH Miracle” and other best-selling books promoting an alternative theory of fighting illness. Dawn Kali sued Young for fraud and negligence, saying she delayed regular cancer treatment and spent thousands on baking...

Celebrated author Ntozake Shange Dies at 70
10/31/2018 10:30:59 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Pioneering poet and playwright Ntozake Shange died on the morning of October 27 at an assisted living facility in Bowie, Maryland. She was best known for her much celebrated Obie Award-winning play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.” “To our extended family and friends, it is with sorrow that we inform you that our loved one, Ntozake Shange, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of October 27, 2018. Memorial information / details will follow at a later date,” her Twitter...

Eva Longoria to Be Honored at Latino Achievement Ceremony
10/31/2018 10:29:51 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez will be among those honored at next month's ALMA awards. Wilmer Valderrama is host of the celebration of Latino achievements in American entertainment and media. Activists Samantha Fuentes and Jamie Margolin also will be honored. Fuentes survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, and Margolin founded the Zero Hour movement to address climate change. Rodriguez, star of TV's “Jane the Virgin,” will share the awards spotlight with the show's cast. The Nov. 4 ALMA...

Kelly's 'Blackface' Remarks Amplify Halloween Costume Debate
10/31/2018 10:28:54 PM

By Terry Tang PHOENIX (AP)—NBC talk show host Megyn Kelly's comments about blackface on Halloween have reinvigorated a debate over costumes that cross racial lines and what's appropriate at a time when diverse movie and TV characters like “Black Panther” have become hugely popular. The issue has reverberated across social media, from magazine articles about whether “Black Panther” is an OK costume for white children to protests against costumes that perpetuate Native American stereotypes. Social media debates have focused on whether political...

Interfaith Religious Leaders Express Horror at Synagogue Attack
10/31/2018 10:25:50 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Reaction to the Saturday morning shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a man killed 11 people and wounded six in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history: “We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently. And we have to stop making it so easy for those who want to harm the innocent to get their hands on a gun.—former President Barack Obama. “This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will...

In Migrant Caravan, Safety in Numbers and No Smuggling Fees
10/31/2018 10:24:28 PM

ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP)—Kenia Yoselin Gutierrez had long thought about migrating from her native Honduras to the United States, but stories of others who made the trip scared her off: migrants being raped or disappearing, children stolen. When she heard about the caravan that has now grown into several thousand people traveling through southern Mexico, she saw her chance. Her 5-year-old daughter, sister and niece joined her. “It’s not so easy to walk this road alone and with children,” the 23-year-old said, sitting with her sister and their daughters under a tarp...

El Monte Police Continue Search for Driver Who Killed Woman and Grandchild
10/31/2018 10:22:39 PM

SAN GABRIEL (CNS)—Authorities Monday released the names of a 59-year- old woman and her year-old granddaughter, who were struck and killed in San Gabriel by a hit-and-run driver who remains at large. Meiyu Li was pushing a stroller carrying Paisley Chen in a crosswalk when they were struck about 9:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Del Mar Avenue and Live Oak Street, according to San Gabriel police and the coroner's office. Paramedics rushed the San Gabriel residents to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save them, police said. The suspect...