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LOS ANGELES — Maverick Coltrin entered the world a seemingly healthy 8-pound boy. But within a week, he was having seizures that doctors could neither explain nor control. They warned that he would probably die within a few months.“I remember my world just came crashing down,” said his mother, Kara Coltrin, 24.In October, Coltrin and her husband, Michael, began taking hundreds of photos of their son, hooked up to tubes and his skin purplish gray. Family rushed to San Diego from across the country to meet him before he died.Then, in a last-ditch effort, doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego decided to analyze his DNA in case it could reveal what was wrong.In one of his genes, they found a mutation that had caused a seizure disorder. The attacks could now be controlled with a few medicines.Today, Maverick is a chubby 6-month-old who bounces on his mom’s knee. He narrows his eyes at strangers, drawing his thick brows together, before easing into a … [Read more...] about Decoding your baby’s DNA: It can be done. But should it be?
If you have ever taken a prescription medicine, driven a car or drunk tap water, you likely have been exposed to chlorine. Chlorine, element No. 17 on the Periodic Table of Elements, has multiple applications. It is used to sterilize drinking water and to disinfect swimming pools, and it is used in the manufacturing of a number of commonly used products, such as paper, textiles, medicines, paints and plastic, particularly PVC, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. Moreover, chlorine is used in the development and manufacturing of materials used in products that make vehicles lighter, from seat cushions and seat covers to tire cords and bumpers, according to the American Chemistry Council. The element is also used in organic chemistry processes — for example, as an oxidizing agent and a substitution for hydrogen, according to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. An oxidizing agent has strong disinfecting and bleaching qualities. When used as a hydrogen substitute, … [Read more...] about Facts About Chlorine
“He’s back, and he has a gun!” Adam Purinton strode toward the patio of Austins Bar & Grill, a black and white cloth tied around his head and military-style medals pinned haphazardly to his white shirt. He burst into the patio’s flimsy side door shouting, “Get out of my country!” and fired his handgun at two Indian men seated at a high table, according to eyewitnesses and police records. Customers screamed over the din of the TVs and dove for the ground. At least three bullets hit the man facing the door, Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Another bullet plunged into the leg of his friend, Alok Madasani, who crawled for the door before collapsing on the concrete. Alok’s wife was pregnant with their first child, due in four months, and all he could think of was living to see his baby’s face. Survive, he thought. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old former Marine, ducked under a table nearby, counting the blasts of bullets. The shots stopped. When … [Read more...] about A Murder in Kansas Shatters the New American Dream
Five years ago, my newly-pregnant wife and I sat down with our realtor to discuss our needs for a new home. Naturally, my wife came to the meeting armed with a long list of well-reasoned stipulations involving such practical requirements as adequate closet space, and a room in which the baby could sleep. I, on the other hand, had a singular, somewhat selfish wish: a large, unfinished basement.As an A/V reviewer and unapologetic lover of huge speaker systems that go “boom,” I had long struggled to reconcile my profession and passion with apartment-style living and the noise-control issues that come with it. As you can imagine, testing a subwoofer’s low-frequency extension in a tiny living room with neighbors just 10 feet away on the other side of paper-thin walls is neither practical, nor conducive to friendly neighbor relations. The way I saw it, if I was going to have to spend every waking moment working to afford a mortgage, I deserved to finally have a place I … [Read more...] about Is your awesome new media room poisoning your family?