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June 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers have identified a gene that may raise the risk of getting late-onset Alzheimer's disease by about 45% in people who inherit one copy of it. That form of the gene appears to hamper a brain cell's ability to take in calcium, according to a report Friday in the journal Cell.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Women 65 and older who take calcium channel blockers--a widely used type of drug for high blood pressure and heart disease--are about twice as likely to develop breast cancer, researchers from the University of Washington reported in Wednesday's edition of the journal Cancer. But the risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure may outweigh any possible added risk of breast cancer, the National Institutes of Health said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1985 | Associated Press
The high doses of Vitamin B-6 sometimes prescribed for premenstrual syndrome may be toxic, according to a University of Chicago scientist whose dietary guidelines mirror those recommended by other physicians debating the keys to women's nutritional health. Dr.
BUSINESS
April 22, 1997 | (Associated Press)
State Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren settled with makers of calcium supplements and antacids to reduce their lead content--an agreement that consumer advocates called inadequate and unsafe. Lungren said eight manufacturers, including the makers of Rolaids, DI-GEL and Os-Cal, had agreed for the first time to limits on lead, a substance that has been linked to birth defects.
NEWS
August 23, 1986 | United Press International
People taking 20 or 30 bone meal tablets every day as a calcium supplement may be giving themselves lead poisoning, a researcher said Friday. The bone meal is safe at normal doses, but some contains minute amounts of lead that could accumulate in the body with so-called "megadoses" taken by many vitamin enthusiasts, said Dr. Badi Boulos of the University of Illinois School of Public Health. "If people are taking the normal two or three tablets a day, we're not concerned," Boulos said.
NEWS
January 26, 1994 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Add one more to the long list of ills associated with coffee drinking. Researchers at UC San Diego report today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. that women who drink more than two cups of caffeinated coffee per day suffer a loss of bone density that can lead to bone fractures in later life. Scientists have suspected such a link for several years, but the report provides the strongest evidence of its existence.
NEWS
April 7, 1993 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In a surprising discovery, UCLA researchers have found that atherosclerosis, better known as hardening of the arteries, may arise in part through the formation of bone in the arteries. The finding, reported today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could open the door to new therapies to prevent atherosclerosis, which is treated by controlling intake of cholesterol and fats, said Dr. Linda Demer, associate chief of cardiology at the UCLA School of Medicine.
FOOD
March 23, 1986 | DR. JEAN MAYER and JEANNE GOLDBERG
Question: You have mentioned that water hardness can affect the natural pigments in food and result in color changes. Can you explain what is meant by water hardness? Answer: Hard water is simply water that contains natural salts. There are two types of hard water. In one, called "temporarily hard," the calcium, magnesium and iron bicarbonate are precipitated when water is boiled. Over a long period of time, deposits of these mineral salts build up.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1987 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, Times Staff Writer
For 19 years, Anaheim-based ICEE-USA has grown steadily even though it ignored diversification, didn't bother to advertise and hardly changed its product--a carbonated drink of crushed ice drenched usually in one of two flavors. Now ICEE, which raised $3.2 million in an initial public offering two years ago, is poised to expand in some areas it has long shunned.
NEWS
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.
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