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November 29, 2010 | By Joe Graedon and Theresa Graedon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I read with interest that eating three almonds before or after a meal could help with heartburn. Do you see any problem with the almonds being chocolate-covered? We're afraid so. Although they are delicious, chocolate-covered almonds are unlikely to be helpful. That's because chocolate may relax the lower esophageal sphincter, the ring of muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus. Heartburn happens when this muscle relaxes and allows acid to splash back up into the swallowing tube.
July 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency took too long to respond to reports of dangerous levels of formaldehyde in trailers delivered to victims of 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, exposing people along the Gulf Coast to possible health risks, the Homeland Security Department inspector general reported. The report marked a stinging reprimand of FEMA and its slow response to reports in 2006 that air in some trailers registered dangerously high levels of formaldehyde, which can cause cancer and respiratory illness.
October 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The federal government is not immune from lawsuits claiming many Gulf Coast hurricane victims were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes while living in trailers it provided, a federal judge ruled in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt cited evidence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed investigating complaints about formaldehyde levels in its trailers because it might be held legally responsible. The preservative can cause breathing problems and is classified as a carcinogen.
April 9, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art evacuated its new building, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, for about an hour last week when one of the artworks, Damien Hirst's "Away From the Flock," sprang a leak. The British artist made the piece in 1994 by immersing an embalmed lamb in a glass and steel case filled with formaldehyde and water. A change of barometric pressure Thursday apparently caused the water to rise and seep out of the container, a museum spokeswoman said. When a drop of water about the size of a quarter was discovered on the floor, visitors were ushered out and a conservator came to the rescue, resealing the case to prevent further leakage.
October 31, 1987 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian's scientific advisory panel Friday voted to add 56 chemicals to the list of substances known to cause cancer, including aflatoxins, molds commonly found in peanut butter, and formaldehyde, which is used in manufacturing a wide range of consumer products.
After years of searching, Mary Lamielle figured out what was making her so miserably, dramatically sick. It was the world. Lamielle, who lives in Voorhees, is chemically sensitive, a condition that is not recognized by the medical Establishment or the insurance industry but that sufferers say can be debilitating. She founded and leads the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, a 2,000-member organization working to win recognition and help for victims.
May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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