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January 15, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
For people with Type 2 diabetes who had hoped that their love handles might serve some purpose by reducing their risk of premature death, Harvard researchers have some bad news: The “obesity paradox” does not exist. “We found no evidence of lower mortality among patients with diabetes who were overweight or obese at diagnosis, as compared with their normal-weight counterparts, or of an obesity paradox,” the research team reported in a study that appears in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Morgen Witzel
Creativity is one of the most mysterious processes undertaken by the human brain. Despite its having been studied by everyone from philosophers to neuroscientists, we are still not much closer to understanding what it is or how it works. Businesses are constantly looking to hire creative people, not just for activities such as research and development and innovation, but as thinkers and problem solvers who can unravel the complexities of everyday management. But as a consequence of this lack of understanding of what creativity is, businesses then struggle to manage creative people effectively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Two months ago, I violated a cardinal sin with an unholy, unforgivable suggestion. I quoted an economist who said it was time to redo Proposition 13. The column attracted the usual taunts and boos from readers , but a kindred spirit sent me this email: "Go man go!" Dowell Myers offered this thumbnail sketch of himself: "Who am I? A USC professor, a demographer, census expert and planner. " And so began a back-and-forth by phone and email. Myers believes that despite the state's seemingly eternal budget crisis, California elected officials are all too happy to opt for bickering and tinkering rather than educating and reforming.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ellen DeGeneres would like her fans to know that her marriage is just fine, thankyouverymuch , no matter what they're printing out there. In an oft-times hilarious monologue on the Wednesday edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the host, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008, describes stumbling over a celebrity tabloid at the hair salon and noticing herself and her wife in the upper right-hand corner. "I thought, 'Oh that's so sweet, they're honoring us,'" DeGeneres said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1989 | ROB STEIN, Stein is a science writer for United Press International
Leonardo da Vinci apparently described Parkinson's disease in his writings, debunking the theory that the brain disease is caused by pollution created by the Industrial Revolution, researchers said Wednesday. "This is the best (evidence) that establishes the situation quite firmly," said Dr. Donald Calne, a neurologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thomas A. Sebeok, who gained international attention by debunking optimistic theories that chimpanzees and other apes could learn and communicate in human language and by proposing the use of a "Tutankhamen phenomenon" to warn people away from nuclear waste sites, has died. He was 81. Sebeok, a prolific author and professor of anthropology, linguistics and semiotics at Indiana University from 1943 to 1991, died Dec. 21 of leukemia at his home in Bloomington, Ind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All Latino gang members are cholos , but not all cholos are gang members. There is a difference between immigrants and Latinos who were born in the United States. And violence is not a hereditary trait passed down through generations of Latinos.
NEWS
September 16, 1990 | SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Some students show up for Ian Hancock's class barefoot, wearing beads and bandannas. He hates it when they they do that. "I get rid of that real quick," said Hancock, who for 10 years has taught Gypsy culture and language at the University of Texas. The students' attempts at Gypsy fashion perpetuate myths that underlie hatred of Gypsies, Hancock said. The hatred, he said, caused Gypsies to be enslaved for hundreds of years in Romania and other countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman who told investigators that she was kidnapped and raped after a freeway car accident was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and drunk driving. Lydia L. Doll, 29, of San Clemente had told California Highway Patrol officers that she was forced into a car at gunpoint by two men on the Santa Ana Freeway. Investigators then went to the public for help in finding the kidnappers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1986 | MARCIDA DODSON, Times Staff Writer
The notion that elderly, ailing parents of today are forgotten or neglected by their adult children--unlike the days when mom and dad typically moved into their children's homes--is a myth, an authority on geriatrics says. "Children are stretching themselves, doing everything they can to take care of their parents," said Elaine M. Brody, director of human services at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.
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