CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1997 |
Calcium supplements commonly given to pregnant women to prevent dangerously high blood pressure called preeclampsia don't work, a surprising new government study has found. Preeclampsia afflicts about 5% of pregnant women and can be fatal to both mother and child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1998
Fruit-eating animals regularly choose figs even when other fruits are available, but researchers have not known why. The answer is probably calcium, according to a new study in today's issue of the journal Nature. A team headed by Timothy G. O'Brien of the Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program surveyed figs throughout the world and found that, on average, they contain three times as much calcium as other fruits.
May 1, 2006 |
Parents and their offspring sometimes seem as if they have little in common. But both often fall short on a key nutrient: calcium. This mineral is best known for building strong bones, but it does much more. Without sufficient calcium, the body can't maintain healthy blood vessels, produce enough hormones or enable nerves to signal each other.
December 28, 2009 |
It seems like the pinnacle of medical science: For just a few hundred dollars, you can walk into just about any hospital in Southern California and ask a doctor to check your arteries for buildup of heart-attack-inducing calcium plaque. Most of the time, what goes on inside our bodies is a mystery, but there's something satisfying in the thought that a sophisticated piece of equipment can measure just how clogged our arteries really are (and how much more junk food we can afford, or not afford, to eat)
March 7, 2005 |
Bones need calcium. Doctors, dietitians and researchers agree on this point. Conventional wisdom holds that dairy foods are the best source of calcium, and that American adults need to pump up their dairy intake to get the large amount of calcium their bodies need every day. Not everyone, however, believes the conventional wisdom. Researchers are even raising questions about whether children need as much milk as guidelines recommend.
February 12, 1997 |
Are calcium supplements safe? That's a tough call for consumers, considering that several prestigious health organizations and government agencies can't agree on the answer. But even the combatants in a new controversy about lead content in calcium supplements agree that Americans should continue taking the supplements, which help prevent the crippling bone disease osteoporosis. Adequate calcium intake is also crucial for pregnant women to assist in fetal development.
June 9, 1994 |
A federal advisory panel Wednesday called for a national public health strategy to encourage Americans--starting from childhood--to consume higher levels of calcium to ensure the growth of strong bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a crippling bone disease.
April 3, 2011 |
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.