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November 29, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is a professor of public health at UC Berkeley. Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
Of all the questions we get about calcium, most come from women in their 40s and 50s who are rightfully worried about getting enough calcium to ward off osteoporosis later in life. But nobody can afford to skimp on calcium. Not women, not men and especially not children. Osteoporosis is a very expensive problem not just for the individuals who develop it, but for society at large.
March 25, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A complication that afflicts as many as 20% of all cancer patients can be partly controlled by a new drug, researchers reported last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The condition, called hypercalcemia, causes high calcium levels in the bloodstream because of bone loss in severely ill cancer patients.
October 21, 1993 | From Associated Press
Columbia's astronauts took turns cycling around the world Wednesday and crawled into a vacuum bag that forced more blood into their legs. Payload commander M. Rhea Seddon made the ultimate sacrifice for the 14-day medical research mission--she exercised, and hard. After an hourlong session on a stationary cycle as the shuttle flew two-thirds of the way around Earth, the Tennessee-born physician informed Mission Control: "Us Southern girls don't like to perspire very much."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 3, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
A team of Harvard researchers may have discovered a new way to ward off the red, itchy rash caused by allergies to nickel.  All it takes is a dab of topical cream, according to research published online Sunday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Thirty million to 45 million people -- more than 10% of the U.S. population -- are sensitive to nickel found in common objects including jewelry and coins, the paper reported.  Among the sufferers: study lead author Jeffrey M. Karp of Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a nanoparticles specialist who sought a way to treat the irritating allergy.
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