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October 26, 2008 | Shari Roan; Johanna Neuman; Sarah Rogers
BOOSTER SHOTS General anesthesia may increase the risk of behavioral and developmental problems in young children, according to a study presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Orlando. Studies in animals have suggested that general anesthesia may be toxic to a developing brain. To assess the risk in children, Dr. Lena S. Sun of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons analyzed data from 625 children younger than 3 who were exposed to general anesthesia as part of an uncomplicated hernia repair.
November 5, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan
Booster seats save lives, and so do state laws requiring young children to ride in them, according to a new study . Booster seats are aimed at kids who are too big for traditional car seats but too small to be properly restrained by seat belts alone. The seats boost these kids up so that a car's shoulder belt secures them in a safe way. But their use is far from widespread: Only 48% of 4- and 5-year-olds use them, along with 35% of 6- and 7-year-olds, according to a 2008 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
September 14, 2008 | Rosie Mestel; Carla Rivera; Steve Hymon
BOOSTER SHOTS Life is a road strewn with potholes, wrong turns and tree limbs sticking out at eye height. Don't I know that. But some would argue the hazards are more plentiful and to be found in unexpected places. A PR agent tried to convince me that we are riddled with disease for one principal reason: We eat too much calcium. She turned my attention to her doctor client's book, which darkly warned -- four times by Page 18 -- that calcium is toxic: "Calcium hardens concrete.
December 22, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Ten people in the Los Angeles area have begun receiving preventive treatment for rabies after being exposed to an infected stray cat that was found in Acapulco by an unsuspecting North Hollywood woman and brought to the United States two weeks ago. County health authorities said Monday it is the first recorded instance in 12 years in Los Angeles County of anyone being exposed to the deadly disease.
July 14, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
With television shows such as "Nurse Jackie" and "Grey's Anatomy" regularly depicting physicians and nurses with substance abuse problems, some patients might begin to wonder whether in real life anyone is monitoring the people who provide lifesaving care. Perhaps not. Or, if workers are being monitored, they're not being monitored closely enough to fit some researchers' way of thinking. A doctor survey study published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
July 14, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing. As the population ages, so does the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Could there be a connection? Possibly, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues around the country examined data from the Women's Health Initiative.
July 20, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee Tuesday recommended that the agency withdraw approval of the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin for treating breast cancer. The decision would not affect the manufacturer's ability to market the drug for treating colon, lung and other cancers. Avastin contributes annual sales of about $6 billion to its manufacturer, Roche, with about a sixth of that from sales for breast cancer. When the FDA initially approved the drug for breast cancer in 2008, the agency required Roche to perform additional studies of its efficacy.
July 16, 2010 | By Tami Dennis, Los Angeles Times
Worry about earthquakes if you want, but old-fashioned heat might pose a bigger threat. "Historically, from 1979 to 2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined. In 2001, 300 deaths were caused by excessive heat exposure." So begins the heatstroke prevention guide from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: " Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety ."
July 6, 2008 | Janet Cromley
Lonely hearts may have one more thing to worry about -- erectile dysfunction. Crunching data from a five-year study of 959 men ages 55 to 75, Finnish researchers found that men with no signs of erectile dysfunction, who had sex once a week or more, were less likely to later develop erectile dysfunction than men who had sex less often. In fact, men who reported having intercourse fewer than once a week at the beginning of the study had twice the incidence of ED than those who had sex more often.
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