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June 14, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
As a member of Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is proud to stand up for the principles of limited government and individual responsibility. The first-term congressman expresses skepticism about such safety-net programs as food stamps, regarding them as the handiwork of an "oppressive" government that snatches wages from the hands of working people. Helping the poor is better left to individuals and churches, he said at a recent committee hearing in Washington, because then "it comes from the heart, not from a badge or from a mandate.
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NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Karin Klein, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
A new diet drug went on the market Tuesday. It's expensive and has to be taken the rest of the patient's life to continue to work. It comes with a long list of possible side effects, including common ones such as dizziness, fatigue and constipation, or rare ones such as hallucinations or memory loss. On average, it doesn't have much effect on a person's weight. So what is there to love about Belviq? Doctors have been clamoring for another “tool” they can use in the fight against obesity, and if Belviq, which suppresses appetite, is only a lightweight hammer of a tool, even those are of use to some people.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
It's no surprise that someone who has never smoked, who eats a Mediterranean diet and keeps a normal weight and who exercises regularly is healthy. How healthy? Chances of death from all causes is reduced by 80% over eight years. Pretty healthy. Those four healthy behaviors also protected against heart disease and the buildup of calcium deposits in the arteries, the researchers said. Those are the results of a multiyear study of more than 6,000 people led by Johns Hopkins University researchers and published online Monday in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Henry Cavill is flying into theaters next month as Superman in Zach Snyder's "Man of Steel," the latest big-screen adaptation of the comic book superhero. The actor, 30, who hails from the self-governing island of Jersey in the English Channel, hasn't forgotten his humble beginnings and is surprisingly self-conscious about his potential breakout role. Cavill has appeared in "The Tudors" and in "Immortals," but playing the latest version of the titular character is likely to make or break his career, possibly catapulting him to super-stardom.
HEALTH
May 25, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
Want to lose weight? Redecorate. Really? Really. Conventional furniture is part of the obesity problem, a growing number of scientists now say, but with the right changes it can be part of the solution. Rising to the challenge, designers are creating new styles of furniture, some meant to encourage perpetual motion and some meant to discourage perpetual eating. PHOTOS: 17 ways to fight the inertia, step by step "With all our products, we try to invite users to move more," says David Kahl, owner of Ergo Depot, which sells furniture online (www.ergodepot.com/)
SCIENCE
May 14, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Want to satisfy your full day's requirement of salt, fat and calories? Sit down in a restaurant and order a meal. After an exhaustive analysis of 3,507 possible ways to order 685 meals at 19 restaurants chains in Canada, researchers found that the average meal contained 151% of the recommended daily value of sodium. That means a single breakfast, lunch or dinner had enough sodium to get you through an entire day and a half. Overall, more than 80% of the meals studied contained at least a full day's supply of sodium, according to a report published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
SCIENCE
April 23, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Way back in 2002, Dr. Judah Folkman hit upon a tantalizing weight-loss strategy for obese mice. When given daily injections of a drug designed to fight cancer, their fat melted away. The higer the dose they got, the more fat they lost. Some of the obese mice shed so much weight that they wound up at “near normal body weights,” Folkman and his colleagues reported in this article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Whatever happened to this promising fat-busting drug?
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The long-established link between red meat consumption and heart disease may have less to do with the fat in the meat than many have assumed, researchers said Sunday.  Writing in the journal Nature Medicine , a team led by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland pointed instead to the nutrient L- carnitine -- a substance involved in the digestion of fat and also a popular dietary supplement -- as a key artery-hardening culprit. ...
OPINION
March 31, 2013 | By Daniel J. Stone
"In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it's considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional. " Ian Morrison, a Scottish-born futurist and healthcare consultant, was joking when he said those words. But not entirely. Substantial data support his point. Medicare statistics, for example, reveal that Los Angeles leads the nation in the amount of medical services provided during the last six months of a person's life. Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
This post has been updated to include comments from a researcher and an American Heart Assn. spokeswoman. Giving toddlers skim or 1% milk to keep them from growing overweight doesn't seem to work, according to a study out Monday that gives pause over the common advice to avoid whole milk from age 2. Researchers led by Dr. Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia School of Medicine looked at 10,700 U.S. children at age 2 and 4, and found that...
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