December 20, 2013 |
When my son and daughter were youngsters, once a year I'd have a disagreement with their pediatric dentist. He wanted to do routine annual X-rays, and I would protest because neither child ever had any cavities. His response: Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool, representing a small speck in the sea of radiation that we receive by inhabiting planet Earth. It turns out we both were right. Dental X-rays are essential for detecting serious oral and systemic health problems, and generally the amount of radiation is very low. But new thinking on dental X-rays is that the "one size fits all" schedule is outdated.
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December 16, 2013 |
A Northern California judge Monday found three paint companies liable for exposing children to a known poison and ordered them to pay $1.1 billion into a fund to remove lead from inside California homes. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that ConAgra Grocery Products Co., NL Industries Inc. and the Sherwin-Williams Co. created a "public nuisance" by selling lead-based paint for decades before it was banned in 1978. The ruling said that lead paint, because of its lasting ill effects, poses a "clear and present danger that needs to be addressed.
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November 22, 2013 |
A South Gate man who is accused of exposing himself to a 21-year-old woman in Long Beach may be connected to at least seven similar incidents in Los Angeles County, authorities said. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department booked Albert Raul Pulido , 26, into the county jail until he's moved to state prison. When police arrested Pulido , he was already on parole for indecent exposure. The woman told authorities she recognized a vehicle belonging to a man who e xposed himself to her two months prior in Lynwood . The woman provided authorities with a video of the suspect's vehicle, which had been in the vicinity of seven unsolved indecent exposure incidents across the county, based on Pulido's tracking device.
October 23, 2013 |
Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be playing a role in high rates of obesity three generations later, a new study says. Scientists injected pregnant rats with DDT and found no change in their levels of obesity or their offspring. But by the third generation, more than half of the rats (think of them as the great-grandchildren) showed dramatically higher levels of fat and weight gain, even though they were never exposed to the pesticide themselves. "Here is an ancestral exposure in your great-grandmother, which is passed on to you and you're going to pass on to your grandchildren," said Michael Skinner, a professor of biological sciences at Washington State University who led the research published in the journal BMC Medicine.
October 18, 2013 |
Fox is giving its rookie sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" some super exposure. The network not only committed to a full 22-episode season of the comedy about a police precinct full of crazy characters, it said that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, would be part of its post-Super Bowl programming plans. Fox will pair "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with a special episode of "New Girl" after its coverage of the big game ends. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers Typically, the Super Bowl, which is played in early February, is the most-watched television event of the season.
October 11, 2013 |
If your pollen allergies are acting up and getting you down, don't despair. There are steps you can take that can make a real difference. Avoiding pollen altogether is probably impossible (unless you live under a dome, in which case you have plenty of other problems). But there are ways to limit your exposure. Keep your doors and windows closed and run a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Keep your car windows closed and run the air conditioner. Check the pollen count (one good site is http://www.pollen.com/allergy-forecast.asp )
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July 11, 2013 |
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
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July 10, 2013 |
Authorities arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of indecent exposure in East Los Angeles and said Wednesday night that they were seeking additional possible victims. Oscar Manuel Iturralde allegedly exposed himself to an underage girl on Monday near Hubbard Street and South Atlantic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim and her brother were able to get a partial license plate number of the suspect's truck, which led detectives to arrest Iturralde on Wednesday.
May 30, 2013
"War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" includes several pictures that have become icons. But the steady flow of images both arresting and conventional is in some ways more revealing, since they conspire to tell stories far larger and more complex than single images might convey. It makes sense. A military, in order to function effectively, must subsume the individual into the cohesive and uniform mass. Photographers, on the other hand, strive for intimacy. That tension — between disappearance and exposure, the many and the one — emerges as perhaps the most compelling constant throughout the 150-plus photographs in the exhibition.
May 30, 2013 |
Astronauts heading to Mars would face exposure to a deluge of radiation, in some cases as much as NASA policy permits, according to new data from the Curiosity rover. The space agency limits astronauts to a 3% increased risk of fatal cancer. This translates to different levels of radiation exposure, depending on an astronaut's age and gender. But according to a paper published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, radiation exposure in a nonstop round-trip to Mars, which would take about a year, would ring in at about 662 millisieverts.