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July 17, 1986 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
The Knudsen milk tanker lumbered up to the Koopman's dairy farm in San Bernardino County on Wednesday and siphoned more than two tons of fresh milk from waiting storage tanks. Koopman had turned the tanker away empty the day before, but now he is again doing business with Knudsen--as long as he gets paid. That scene was repeated Wednesday throughout the Chino Valley--where suburban sprawl gives way to the flat pastures and occasional grain silos of Southern California's dairy industry.
May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Traffic radar guns, which save lives by catching speeders, have come under suspicion as a possible cause of cancer in traffic officers exposed to their microwave beams, triggering a series of lawsuits by an Agoura Hills lawyer. Attorney John E. Sweeney has filed suits on behalf of five former traffic officers who contracted cancer and are seeking millions of dollars in damages from radar equipment manufacturers, whom they accuse of failing to warn of health risks.
December 9, 2002 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Diane Hamilton was a grown-up battling a child's ailment. At least that's what she thought. But the high fever, aches, chills -- and a pair of tonsils that felt as big as pingpong balls -- amounted to much more than a passing case of tonsillitis. "It was a little embarrassing," said Hamilton, a 33-year-old architect. "I kept thinking, 'I'm an adult. This shouldn't be happening.' " Initially, she didn't bother seeing a doctor, treating the symptoms with over-the-counter medications and rest.
December 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
A 26-year-old woman underwent what doctors said was the world's first heart-liver-kidney transplant Sunday. Cindy Martin of Archbald was listed in critical condition Sunday night, considered normal after a transplant operation, said Lisa Rossi, a spokeswoman for University-Presbyterian Hospital. The operation began at 7:35 p.m. Saturday and ended at 5 p.m. Sunday, Rossi said.
December 21, 1986 | Chris Dufresne
The most lasting memory in the short and rocky Ram career of Dieter Brock will in time be more difficult to forget than the quarterback himself. It was the sight of Brock walking through Rams Park on a day last September. Brock's face was a chalky white, having just returned from his brother Bill's funeral in Alabama. No one had expected to see Brock at Rams Park that day. He wasn't required to be there, but he was.
A drug developed at Scripps Research Institute has shown near-total effectiveness against a rare form of leukemia without the debilitating side effects that usually accompany cancer therapy, San Diego researchers say. Reporting in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the Scripps scientists were careful to point out that the cancer they studied, hairy-cell leukemia, is diagnosed in only 500 to 600 people a year in the United States.
January 31, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
The sunny fact that Americans are living longer, more productive lives has a dark side: More of us than ever live with chronic illnesses that are not only a drag on sufferers' time and energy, but on the nation's pocketbook. The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday put a dollar figure on the cost of caring for chronic illness in the United States--$1.5 trillion yearly, fully three-fourths of annual healthcare spending. A panel of experts called on policymakers to do more to prevent and track the big nine chronic diseases that most drain the nation's wallet.
July 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Australian scientists have identified 35 genes linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, helping narrow the focus of research on a little-understood condition affecting more than a million people in the U.S. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney screened 30,000 genes in blood samples from 15 people known to have had infectious mononucleosis, which can lead to chronic fatigue.
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