January 27, 2010 |
Flame-retardant chemicals found in many household consumer products may reduce fertility in women, researchers reported Tuesday. Their study joins several other papers published in the last two years suggesting that the chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, affect human health. PBDEs have been used as flame retardants for four decades and are found in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets and plastics. The chemicals are being phased out nationwide, and certain PBDEs have been banned for use in California.
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January 24, 2010 |
I'm not going to take it personally that the day the mayor of Los Angeles couldn't make time for me because he was too busy on flood watch, he had time to tape a segment for the soap opera "All My Children." Antonio Villaraigosa and I may get together as early as this week, I'm told. Unless of course "Days of Our Lives" calls. In the meantime, I've got other news to report out of City Hall. Let's start with a sign of progress. Jaime de la Vega, the mayor's transportation deputy, is no longer commuting to work in a Hummer.
December 27, 2009 |
Can a player be a former All-Star without ever being selected to the All-Star team? Here's a case for Andrew Bynum: He was the top center in the Western Conference the first month of the season as he effortlessly absorbed Pau Gasol's points and rebounds while the Lakers' power forward missed 11 games. Then Gasol returned from a hamstring injury and Bynum disappeared. There's not a lot to criticize on a team tied with Boston for the NBA's best record (23-5), but Bynum continues to take steps back.
December 26, 2009 |
Wary Christmas. If this didn't throw some caution into the lovely prose cataloging the Lakers' steamroller of a season, would anything? The Lakers were uninspiring and unexciting, in case their angry, booing fans didn't prove the point during a thorough 102-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Staples Center. The Lakers lost their cool -- Kobe Bryant seemed edgy and off-kilter the entire game, and Lamar Odom was ejected in the fourth quarter -- and their fans followed suit, hurling about 50 promotional foam-finger giveaways on to the court with 4 minutes 4 seconds to play and the Lakers down 18. The game was briefly delayed and, despite pleas from longtime in-house announcer Lawrence Tanter, more foam fingers were tossed from the stands after another foul was called with 3:45 to play.
October 12, 2009 |
The current economic climate -- not to mention fears of the H1N1 flu -- may drive some fitness buffs to skip the gym this fall and stay home to sweat. In that case, gear may be in order. We asked three personal trainers to recommend their favorite pieces of inexpensive exercise apparatus ($25 or less), plus workouts to go with them. Some trainers went way below budget and offered up unconventional gear such as soup cans and water bottles. Not only are such items inexpensive, they're easily obtained (of crucial importance when traveling)
September 21, 2009 |
Update this popular abdominal exercise by performing it on a foam roller. You'll train multiple core muscles at the same time with one simple move. -- Karen Voight 1 Lie face up on a full-length, round foam roller with your head and hips supported on the roller. Place your hands on the floor with your palms down. Start with your knees bent above your hips at a 90-degree angle. Focus on keeping your abdominal muscles pulled in toward your spine. Straighten your right leg out in front of you. Pause for two seconds.
July 23, 2009 |
Crocs were born of the economic boom. The colorful foam clogs appeared in 2002, just as the country was recovering from a recession. Brash and bright, they were a cheap investment (about $30) that felt good and promised to last forever. Former President George W. Bush wore them. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler wore them. Your grandma wore them. They were mocked by the fashion world, but 100 million pairs were sold in seven years.
July 20, 2009 |
Add an extra challenge to classic push-ups by performing them on the unstable surface of a foam roller. Begin doing them on your knees until you develop the necessary strength to do straight-leg push-ups. -- Karen Voight 1 Kneel on a padded surface or on a mat. Place your hands shoulder-width apart on a foam roller. Position the roller so that your wrists are directly below your shoulders (make sure you have your thumbs on top of the roller, close to your fingers).
June 25, 2009 |
The producers of the low-budget indie science fiction film "Moon" wanted computer-generated effects to create the lunar vistas and futuristic vehicles seen in their film, but budget restraints severely limited their options. Luckily for them, they had veteran model-maker Bill Pearson on hand.