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May 26, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
Parents may be relying on home remedies and herbal treatments more than doctors suspect. In the first study to examine parents' familiarity with herbal effects and interactions, Emory University researchers surveyed families in an Atlanta emergency room for three months. They found that nearly half of the 142 families surveyed had given a child at least one herbal product during the last year and 27% had given three or more.
July 28, 2002
Re "Helping to Shut Illegal Clinics," July 21: I'm all in favor of shutting down bad clinics, but sometimes the FDA is wrong. I personally know of someone who was given up for dead after chemotherapy failed to work, then went to using alternative medicine and the cancer went away. This person went to an underground Chinese medicine cure that is an example of what the FDA commonly tries to shut down. For another example, read what happened in Florida. The problem started when an oncologist complained to the FDA that some people were using an unapproved cancer drug, aloe extract, instead of the chemotherapy.
June 11, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
For the first time, someone who knew this product first cheek is old enough to be president. Disposable diapers are 35 years old, but the pulpy pads of the past have been superseded by diapers that breathe, don't leak or smell and absorb more. Now, thanks to Houston-based Drypers Corp.'s latest addition of aloe vera, they can soothe babies' bottoms. The No. 3 branded diaper has survived by coming up with product differences.
August 18, 2001
With a goal to spruce up the scenery for drivers coming and going on San Fernando Valley freeways, part of the Valley Gateways Project was unveiled Friday at the Roscoe Boulevard on- and offramps of the San Diego Freeway. Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley have teamed up for the $250,000 beautification project that will landscape major freeway on- and offramps in the area.
October 23, 2007
Re "Screeners at LAX miss 75% of 'bombs,' " Oct. 19 The widespread failure of security screeners to detect increasingly sophisticated efforts to smuggle fake bomb parts merely points out that absolute air travel security is an unattainable goal.
November 16, 1993 | SHARI ROAN
Pregnant and feeling a little green around the gills? Some women find relief with the following remedies, which have been suggested by obstetricians, dietitians and survivors of morning sickness. Consult your doctor before trying any remedies.
June 19, 1993 | KAREN DARDICK
Some general guidelines for keeping gardens safe for pets: * Make sure the perimeter fencing is sturdy and extends far enough below ground so the animal can't dig, tunnel or burrow out. * Avoid using any toxic material for pest control. This includes snail bait, which is deadly to pets that ingest it. Control garden pests with insecticidal soaps or beneficial insects such as ladybugs and green lacewings. * Be sure lawn or plant fertilizer doesn't contain insecticides in the formulation.
December 25, 1993 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS
There are a number of trees that put on a bright and cheery flower show during the cool winter months. Ann Christoph, a landscape architect in Laguna Beach, suggests the following trees for winter color: Aloe arborescens: The tree aloe is an interesting plant that flowers from December through February. It has long, spiky clusters of flowers that come in colors such as bright red and yellow. It is a hardy plant that can withstand drought and shady locations.
November 13, 1999 | U.C. MASTER GARDENERS
Question: What are some fire-resistant plants that I can plant in my yard, besides iceplant? D.Z., Placentia Answer: There are many fire-resistant plants to choose from. Many such plants tend to have the following characteristics: They are low-growing and compact, are easily maintained and pruned, have low sap or resin content, have high moisture content and grow without accumulating a great deal of dead branches, needles or leaves.
July 15, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Henry Rivero and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times,Page designed by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Orange County is home to a long list of common house and garden plants that are toxic. Contact with these plants may cause anything from a simple rash to a more serious problem. For example, some may cause breathing difficulties if they are chewed or swallowed. Today, Clipboard begins a series spotlighting these plants.
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