January 18, 2010
Even a good night's sleep doesn't totally compensate for many weeks of sleep loss. And it's the late-night period when the accumulation of sleep loss may be most apparent. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the effect of weeks of insufficient sleep on performance. They scheduled nine healthy volunteers to live for three weeks on a schedule consisting of 43-hour periods in which they were awake for 33 of those hours. That equals about 5.6 hours of sleep for every 24 hours.
November 4, 1987 |
Boron, a trace element not previously known to be important in the human diet, may play a key role in preventing osteoporosis, a debilitating bone condition that afflicts many older women, U.S. scientists reported in a paper to be published today. If confirmed by additional human studies, the finding may have broad implications because osteoporosis, or the loss of calcium from the bone, affects up to 20 million mostly post-menopausal women in the United States alone.
April 17, 2000 |
Television ads make it seem that if you drink the right soda, you'll be cool, popular and exciting. But we know you're smart enough not to believe everything you see and hear. And when it comes to your health, drinking lots of soda may not be wise, especially if you choose them instead of healthier drinks such as milk, juice or water.
July 26, 2010 |
Every so often, we take a candid look at the private dietary lives of people whose food choices need a makeover. Up this week: the kitchen and dining habits of 22-year-old Jessica Watson and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Todd Preboski. She's a vegan; he eats fish but no other animal-based foods. Such diets may conjure up images of fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, tofu and whole grains. But a lack of time and planning have cornered the couple into relying too often on Taco Bell burritos, protein bars and potato chips.
September 11, 2006 |
NOTE to the lactose intolerant: When it comes to milk, don't stray far from the federal food guidelines. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in the September issue of Pediatrics, says that even children who can't easily digest lactose should consume some dairy foods to make sure they get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients for healthy growth. "A lot of people say they are lactose intolerant, so they can't have any dairy products," said Dr.
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May 7, 1990 |
Slowly but steadily, the evils of sunbathing have been etched into American consciousness. Stay out of the sun, most everyone has been warned by physicians at one time or another, to minimize the risk of skin cancer, not to mention an onslaught of wrinkles. If sun worshiping is still a must, so is sunscreen, most doctors say. Now, some researchers are crying "overkill." Getting a little sun, they claim, isn't a bad idea.
September 14, 2008 |
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.
July 21, 1985 |
Yes and no. Over the years, the four-basic-food-groups system has served as the most helpful guide to healthful eating. So many servings of dairy products; so many of fruits and vegetables; something from the meat, fish, poultry and legume category, and don't forget the breads and cereals. Today, however, in light of more current information relating to health and nutrition, many health professionals, including Dr. Charles Kleeman, director of the Center for Health Enhancement at UCLA, and Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2006 |
Florence "Rusty" Tullis, the strong-willed biker mother of a son with a rare disfiguring disease, who was portrayed by Cher in the 1985 movie "Mask," has died. She was 70. Tullis died of an infection Saturday at Beverly Hospital in Montebello about a month after being injured in a motorcycle accident, her niece, Helen Cunningham, said Tuesday. Tullis was driving a three-wheeled motorcycle through an intersection in Azusa on Oct.