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March 10, 2014

In Other News, March 10

Two drivers stung by more than 600 bees following California car crash

A minor two-vehicle collision in La Canada Flintridge got dangerous after thousands of bees swarmed the area. Apparently, one of the cars struck a tree. One driver was reportedly stung as many as 500 times by bees, and the other was stung more than 100 times. A deputy who responded to the accident was also stung. — CBS Los Angeles

Southern California is epicenter of overcrowded housing

Los Angeles and Orange County contain more than half of the nation’s most heavily crowded neighborhoods, with rising rents far outpacing incomes. Hispanic households in the region are 12 times more likely to be overcrowded, defined as more than one person per room excluding bathrooms, than white households. — The Los Angeles Times

Blood test may predict onset of Alzheimer’s and related disease, new study finds

Researchers at Georgetown University announced the discovery of a blood test that can predict whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition within three years. There is no cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts more than 5 million Americans and 35.6 million people worldwide. — The Washington Post

Transgender woman sues after being banned from competing as a woman

Chloe Jonsson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the Crossfit company because it requires athletes to compete in the gender of their birth in its strength and fitness contest. Jonsson claims discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition. — CNN

Crackdown on prescription painkillers has fueled rise in heroin use

With the nationwide heroin problem gaining greater attention after the recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from heroin and other drugs, experts on addiction say the government’s actions contributed to the problem it is now confronting. The war on drugs, they say, is an unwieldy conflict where targeting one illicit substance can be an unintentional boon to another. “Absolutely, much of the heroin use you’re seeing now is due in large part to making prescription opioids a lot less accessible,’’ said Theodore Cicero, a psychiatry professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He co-authored a 2012 study, cited in the New England Journal of Medicine, that found that a reformulation of Oxycontin to make it harder to abuse caused heroin use to nearly double. — The Washington Post

Feds open investigation of Maryland Obamacare site

The Health and Human Services inspector general will launch an investigation into the failed Obamacare exchange in Maryland, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said Monday. “Maryland officials ignored early warning signs and chose to waste and abuse federal taxpayer money by opening up what they knew was a flawed exchange to the public,” he wrote in a statement. — The Hill

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