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BUSINESS
January 1, 2007 | Alicia Chang, The Associated Press
The early reviews are mostly positive at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, where the menu changed Christmas Eve to cut trans fat from many junk-food favorites. Twelve-year-old Jack Xu noticed something different about his French fry. "It tastes drier and not too salty," he said, then added: "I still like it."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Robert W. Wissler, 89, a cardiovascular researcher who led the first study to link smoking and blood cholesterol levels to hardening of the arteries in young men, died Nov. 28 in Chicago. Wissler, who taught pathology at the University of Chicago, led a research team that examined autopsies of 300 white men, ages 15 to 34, who died unexpectedly but had no history of chronic disease.
SCIENCE
October 19, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writers
The increasingly common practice of preventing strokes by using wire mesh stents to prop open neck arteries is much riskier than the traditional method of surgically removing plaque and should be curtailed, according to two large European studies. Patients receiving the stents were nearly 2 1/2 times as likely to have a stroke or die, French researchers reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2006 | Delthia Ricks, Newsday
People with psoriasis may have an elevated risk of heart attacks, researchers report today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In recent years, a succession of studies has shown that psoriasis -- a chronic, inflammatory skin condition marked by reddish lesions that can become covered with silvery scales -- is triggered by an immune system gone awry. It is estimated that the disorder affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population. About 150,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was hospitalized over the weekend to have a new stent put in a coronary artery, court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said Tuesday. "There was no evidence of heart damage," she said, describing the procedure as routine. Kennedy, a 70-year-old native of Sacramento, emerged this year as the swing vote on the closely divided court after the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2006 | From Reuters
Enron's founder Kenneth Lay had severely clogged arteries when he died in Colorado this month while awaiting sentencing for his role in the collapse of the energy company, according to an autopsy report. The autopsy showed that three of Lay's arteries were 90% blocked. The examination was performed by forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman, who previously told reporters that Lay died of cardiovascular disease. Lay, who was 64, was facing decades in prison. He was due to be sentenced in October.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
An influential consumer group wants to put KFC's fat in the fire. The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to end KFC's use of partially hydrogenated oil in fried chicken and other dishes. If it comes up short, the group wants the District of Columbia Superior Court, where the suit was filed, to order KFC to post signs notifying customers that many of the chain's foods are high in trans fat.
HEALTH
April 17, 2006 | Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press
The great virtue -- or perhaps drawback -- of McDonald's and KFC is that the food is pretty much the same the world over. But a new study suggests the fries and the chicken served in the United States may have much more artery-clogging trans fat. The chief reason, researchers say, is the type of frying oil used: partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is high in these fats.
SCIENCE
March 14, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Intensive doses of a cholesterol-lowering statin drug have for the first time cleared sticky plaque lodged in arteries, opening the possibility of a nonsurgical method of treating the major cause of heart attacks, researchers reported Monday. The results were seen in a study of 500 patients taking the highest recommended dosage of Crestor -- 40 milligrams -- quadruple the typical starting dose of 10 milligrams.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Boston Scientific Corp. said it was recalling 40,000 devices used to treat blocked coronary arteries, saying it had received eight complaints that the end of the device became detached as it was removed from the patient, requiring more surgery in three cases. The recall affects all Flextome cutting angioplasty balloon devices that the Food and Drug Administration approved in September.
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