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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.
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.
Vincent van Gogh, whose artistic brilliance and supposed madness have made him a focus of popular fascination, suffered not from epilepsy or insanity but from an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and ringing ears, a new analysis of his letters suggests. The authors of the study, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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.
October 24, 1996
Orange County residents interested in learning more about chronic fatigue syndrome may attend a free lecture tonight at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach. The seminar is the second that the hospital has presented on the condition, which is characterized by severe, sometimes incapacitating, fatigue. Tonight's lecture is titled "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Impact on Family and Friends." The program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in auditorium of the hospital, 31872 Coast Highway.
February 24, 1994
It's too bad homeless activist Len Doucette felt discriminated against when he was turned away from a Red Cross emergency shelter after the earthquake (Jan. 31). The Los Angeles Mission was here long before the Northridge quake and stands ready and willing to provide Doucette shelter, food and rehabilitation. MARK HOLSINGER Executive Director, Los Angeles Mission
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