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February 26, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Ron Artest felt slow and sluggish, very much unlike the defender he used to be. "I'm trying to get my defense back to what it was a couple of years ago," the Lakers forward said Wednesday. "I think I'm on the path. The second half of this season and then next year, I should be one of the best defenders." Artest was slowed this season by plantar fasciitis -- painful swelling on the underside of his feet -- but also took a look at something else: his diet. He weighed 266 two months ago. He kept thinking how he weighed 245 when he was the NBA's defensive player of the year in 2004.
April 11, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
The diet drug Qnexa helps obese people with weight-related medical conditions to lose more weight than those who take a dummy pill and could allow some to scale back on medications for diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, according to a new study published online in the Lancet . Only this study is not so new -- and its findings may be less weighty than might be concluded with its publication in this respected medical journal....
April 24, 2006 | From Times wire reports
A Mediterranean-style diet may help ward off Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. People who followed the diet were up to 40% less likely than those who largely didn't to develop Alzheimer's during the course of the study. The diet includes eating lots of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals and fish, while limiting meat and dairy, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and choosing monounsaturated fats over saturated fats.
June 26, 2003 | From Reuters
A study of more than 22,000 Greeks provided further evidence Wednesday that a Mediterranean diet rich in cheese, nuts and olive oil can protect against heart disease and cancer. The study found that people who ate a Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower risk of death from heart disease and a 24% lower cancer death rate compared to volunteers who ate other foods. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined cereals, olive oil, cheese and yogurt are eaten most days, as is fish.
May 16, 2000 | Bloomberg News
A federal grand jury is looking into whether American Home Products Corp. hid reports from the Food and Drug Administration that its withdrawn diet drugs caused potentially fatal side effects in users. American Home received a grand jury subpoena from federal prosecutors in Maryland earlier this month seeking information about the company's system for reporting so-called adverse events connected to its Pondimin and Redux diet drugs, company officials said in a securities filing Monday.
September 27, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stone Age man swapped a diet of fish for meat and vegetables as soon as the opportunity arose, according to scientists at England's Bradford University. "In Britain, it happened very quickly, in a generation or two," said team leader Michael Richards. Richards' team, which published its results in the current issue of Nature, studied dietary change during the Neolithic period between 5,200 and 4,500 years ago.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products can reduce blood pressure as much as the most commonly used hypertension drugs, eliminating the need for expensive drugs in many patients with mild hypertension, according to a major multicenter study published today. Previous studies had shown that reducing weight, lowering salt consumption and minimizing alcohol use could also reduce blood pressure.
December 29, 2003
Some might call them fad-makers; others would credit them with caring about the nation's health. Either way, you can't discount the enormous influence these people and their diets have had over the years on Americans' struggle to shed pounds.
July 19, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is professor of public health at UC Berkeley; Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
Did you hear the one about the writer who discovered a magic lamp? When the genie told him that he had three wishes, he asked for wealth, fame and to write a book that would be on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 years. Suddenly there was a puff of smoke, the sound of thunder and --shazaam--the writer was holding a hardcover book with his name on it titled "How to Lose Weight Without Any Effort Whatsoever or Without Giving Up Anything You Like to Eat."
January 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, embroiled in a battle over remarks he made about Dr. Robert Atkins, offered the diet guru's widow a low-carb mea culpa -- an invitation to a steak dinner. A spokesman for Veronica Atkins said the invitation had been accepted. Mayoral spokesman Ed Skyler issued a three-sentence statement about the food fight. "While talking to firefighters about the challenges of losing weight, the mayor made a joke which upset Veronica Atkins," Skyler said.
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