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NEWS
November 2, 1987 | United Press International
After two delays because of stomach problems, William S. Sessions, the West Texas judge hailed for his tough but fair stance against crime, was sworn in today as the fourth director of the FBI. At a ceremony at FBI headquarters, Sessions, flanked by President Reagan and Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, was saluted as he took over the helm of the law enforcement agency, replacing William H. Webster, who now heads the CIA.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2001
A type of immune system cell that treats certain foods as germs rather than nourishment is the culprit behind many food allergies, Ohio researchers reported in the April issue of Nature Immunology. The finding could lead to better treatment for millions of people. Researchers used mice to pin the blame on white blood cells called eosinophils, which are packed with powerful proteins that, when released, destroy surrounding tissues and help rally other immune cells to infection sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997
Injections of an antibody that targets a natural human protein are showing promise in hard-to-treat cases of Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive illness. The treatment involves injections of an antibody called cA2. It neutralizes a protein known as tumor necrosis factor that is believed to play a role in causing Crohn's disease. The study is published in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The treatment, which has not been approved for routine use, was developed by Centocor Inc.
NEWS
June 6, 1999 | SUSAN CARPENTER
We all scream for ice cream, but Eric Spitznagel would do almost anything for cookies, candy, cereal, coffee, cola, doughnuts and gum, or so it would seem from reading his new book, "The Junk Food Companion" (Dutton). A few fun facts from his guide to eating badly: 1. Name of the first commercial chocolate bar sold in the United States. 2. Number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll. 3.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is in the December issue of Playboy (on newsstands Nov. 20) wearing a lot of lace and not much else. In an interview, the 42-year-old single mom said she doesn't watch the Bravo cooking reality show that she has starred in for six years, and that she gains and loses the same 10 to 15 pounds every season. "I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season," Lakshmi said. "Then I spend 12 weeks working it off. But it's worth it. When the timer goes off and the food is ready, I'm really excited to eat. "I'm lucky.
HEALTH
November 30, 2009 | By Chris Woolston
Whether you're still plowing through Thanksgiving leftovers or easing back to your normal fare, billions of bacteria in your digestive tract are eagerly awaiting their next meal. And if you feed them well enough, they'll thank you by producing gas. Lots of products claim to help deflate that familiar gassy feeling and all that goes with it. And then there's Beano, a supplement from GlaxoSmithKline that supposedly "stops gas before it starts." Once available only in droppers, Beano is now sold in tablet form.
HEALTH
September 8, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
The products: Humans have long believed in an almost magical connection between strong flavors and good health. The burn from the hot pepper? It must be energizing the body. The pungent tang of a raw oyster? It must be energizing a very particular part of the body. And the zingy sweetness of an Indian curry? For centuries, people in India have believed that the spice turmeric can ease digestive distress and arthritis. In recent years, scientists have taken an intense interest in curcumin, a bright-yellow compound in turmeric that seems to fight inflammation -- in test tubes and lab rodents, at least.
SCIENCE
June 7, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Bits and pieces of "biological dirt" from inside people's colons are being left on three in 20 of the instruments inserted in people's rectums to examine their lower digestive tract, according to a study at five hospitals nationwide. "Three out of 20 is an unexpectedly high number of endoscopes failing a cleanliness criterion," said Marco Bommarito, an investigator with 3M's infection prevention division, which conducted the study. "Clearly, we'd like no endoscopes to fail a cleanliness rating.
HEALTH
April 26, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have been taking Benicar for hypertension for about three years. Now I have developed muscle and back pain. When I stop the Benicar, I don't have the pain. My other medications include estradiol, Celebrex and Nexium. My recent lab tests were normal, and Benicar controls my blood pressure well without any other side effects. What can you suggest? Benicar (olmesartan) is a type of blood pressure medicine called an ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker). Other drugs in this class include Atacand, Avapro, Cozaar, Diovan, Hyzaar, Micardis and Teveten.
HEALTH
August 3, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
I have had severe constipation for years. I've been using cascara sagrada for a daily bowel movement. I read that this herb was banned in 2002 as the Food and Drug Administration wasn't sure it was safe. Is it safe or not? I have tried fiber, stool softeners, you name it. Cascara sagrada is the only thing that works for me. My doctor thinks I should take something different. Stimulant laxatives such as cascara sagrada can lead to dependence.
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