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August 9, 2009 | David Colker; Shari Roan; Deborah Bonello
TECHNOLOGY Movie help for when you gotta go Just when you thought the Internet provided every possible information service, along comes Runpee.com. The site lists movies in theaters and suggests points in the action during which you could quickly run to the restroom without missing anything substantial. For example, let's say you're watching the latest "Harry Potter" movie and feeling the need. Runpee (which almost sounds like the name of a character in the movie) suggests you hold on until minute 33, at which point "Dumbledore says, 'Off to bed, pip-pip.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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July 20, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Treatment of HIV-positive children in the developing world grew by 28% in 2009, from 276,000 in 2008 to 365,000, but many children are still going untreated, the World Health Organization said Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. An estimated 400,000 infants acquire HIV each year, primarily at birth but also from breastfeeding, the agency said. Without early diagnosis and treatment, about one-third of them will die by their first birthday and about half by their second.
NEWS
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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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.
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July 19, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The number of HIV-positive people receiving antiretroviral drugs for their infections jumped by more than a quarter in 2009, growing from 4 million to 5.2 million, the World Health Organization said Monday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. "This is the largest increase in people accessing treatment in a single year. It is an extremely encouraging development," Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, WHO assistant director-general for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, said in a statement.
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