February 17, 2012 |
The four Oscar-nominated short documentaries being released in theaters this weekend are a mostly somber bunch, traversing the globe to find pockets of tolerable humanity in the kind of grim international dispatches you might expect to find in an episode of "Frontline/World. " (Only nominee "God Is the Bigger Elvis" isn't part of this theatrical release.) James Spione's "Incident in New Baghdad" is little more than a straightforward interview with U.S. Army Spec. Ethan McCord, but it's a gripping, grueling tale.
January 17, 2012 |
President Obama praised a series of business-friendly proposals from his jobs council — the latest example of the president's strategy of seizing Republican-leaning ideas to protect himself against attack in the coming campaign. Obama's jobs council on Tuesday called for overhauling the corporate tax structure and reforming federal regulations. Corporate tax rates should sink to "internationally competitive levels," the report recommended, and an "all-in strategy" should be adopted to cut reliance on foreign fuels by expanding domestic drilling.
December 5, 2011 |
Struggling with the black dog of depression? The supplement aisle abounds with options for people seeking a non-medicinal remedy - but figuring out what works and what doesn't can be a challenge for consumers and experts alike. That's because the data are generally poor, says Dr. Charles Raison, associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There are some exceptions. Hundreds of studies have investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids and St. John's wort.
October 10, 2011 |
Some dietary supplements are associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a study released Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In an analysis of about 39,000 women tracked over 19 years, researchers led by a team at the University of Minnesota found that those who took multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper and especially iron died at higher rates during the course of the study than those who did not take supplements.
September 8, 2011 |
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita was recently yanked from the shelves of Whole Foods markets for purportedly having a non-natural preservative thought to be sodium benzoate. Though the bottle reads "all natural," the grocery chain wasn't OK with it. TMZ reports that a class action lawsuit has also been filed against the parent company alleging misleading claims about the product being natural. What is sodium benzoate, and should you be worried about ingesting it?
August 23, 2011 |
A welter of medications sold over the counter and by prescription can spell fast relief from the churning discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn, and the class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors has grown powerfully popular with Americans. But the watchdog group Public Citizen on Tuesday asked the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to warn Americans that these drugs can be habit-forming and carry a wide range of other dangers. Public Citizen complained that medications known by such commercial names as Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Prevacid are widely overprescribed and used routinely by people who don't need them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 |
The difference between a full-time and a part-time Legislature is four weeks. And those four weeks begin today. It would behoove our lawmakers during the next month to show us what they've got, besides full-time pay ($95,000) and perks ($142 in tax-free per diem seven days a week while in session). There's an increasing clamor in California for rolling back the clock 45 years and returning the Legislature to part-time status. A recent Times-USC poll found that 65% of voters favored making the legislators part-timers and cutting their pay. That sentiment was shared by voters of all stripes and locales.
August 14, 2011 |
Novelist Ken Kesey, who penned "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and his compatriots the Merry Band of Pranksters didn't have a clue how to operate a 16-millimeter movie camera or a Nagra audio recorder. But that didn't stop them from trying to make a movie out of their fabled 1964 LSD-fueled cross-country road trip from La Honda, Calif., to the New York World's Fair, which Tom Wolfe famously wrote about in his book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. " Kesey, his Pranksters and Beat Generation figure Neal Cassady captured some 40 hours of filmed footage and sound recording during their venture on a fluorescent-painted school bus they called "Further.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2011 |
Even after they were scooped from waters off Redondo Beach, trucked across the city, hauled over the mountains and unloaded in the Mojave Desert 100 miles away, those dead sardines are still causing headaches. The Victorville organic composting company that accepted 175 tons of fish, which expired en masse in the King Harbor marina earlier this month, must now deal with concerns that a neurotoxin found in the sardines could contaminate their prized mulch. Dean Roberts, general manager of American Organics, said the powerful neurotoxin found in the sardines ?