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July 1, 1998
UCLA was awarded a $3.5-million grant Tuesday to study how the brain responds to traumatic injury. The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke will fund a collaborative study by the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. "There is a traumatic brain injury occurring once every 10 seconds in the United States," said Donald Becker, chief of neurosurgery.
March 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Abbott Laboratories said Monday that it had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a new blood glucose monitoring system -- an announcement that came as its stock rose to a six-month high. The go-ahead added to Abbott's momentum after the release of positive results from the first trial of its ZoMaxx device, a drug-coated stent intended to unclog arteries to the heart, Sunday at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Atlanta.
February 13, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Strength training has strong-armed its way beyond the realm of bodybuilding. A growing body of research shows that working out with weights has health benefits beyond simply bulking up one's muscles and strengthening bones. Studies are finding that more lean muscle mass may allow kidney dialysis patients to live longer, give older people better cognitive function, reduce depression, boost good cholesterol, lessen the swelling and discomfort of lymphedema after breast cancer and help lower the risk of diabetes.
November 15, 2004 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
All right, it's not the fountain of youth. But a study published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. has found that DHEA, a hormone widely marketed as a nutritional supplement, decreases belly fat and improves the body's use of insulin among the elderly when taken daily for six months. Earlier studies have shown that DHEA supplementation led to improved bone density and an enhanced sense of well-being. "We were surprised that there was such an effect," said Dr.
September 22, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Liposuction patients are usually after one thing: a better-looking body. But a new study suggests the cosmetic procedure that removes fat from well-padded areas of the body may also reduce harmful fat circulating in the blood. Research to be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver was aimed at measuring triglyceride levels in 229 people having liposuction. In people with normal triglyceride levels, cosmetic surgery made no difference.
A strict diet and medication changes begun before a diabetic woman becomes pregnant significantly reduce her chance of giving birth to a baby with serious birth defects, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. Most diabetic women of childbearing age are unaware of this advice and only 5% to 10% are seeking medical care before they become pregnant, said Dr. John L. Kitzmiller, a UC San Francisco professor and principal author of the study.
The health benefits of using olive oil instead of butter may extend beyond controlling cholesterol, according to a study published today that suggests olive oil may also help hold down blood pressure and glucose in the blood. The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., comes at a time of growing interest in the advantages of so-called monounsaturated fats. Some researchers suspect that those oils may prove more useful than vegetable oils in preventing heart disease.
February 14, 2008 | By Thomas H. Maugh, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Contradicting unexpected findings released last week by American researchers, an Australian team Wednesday said it found no evidence that aggressive treatment of diabetes in patients with heart disease increased their risk of death. Physicians and patients were shocked by last week's announcement because it seemed to contradict a long-held tenet of diabetes treatment: that reducing blood glucose levels as much as possible improves health. The new study, with nearly twice as much data as the American one and a longer follow-up time, provides some reassurance that the paradigm has not been overturned.
June 17, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Minimed Inc., a Sylmar-based maker of high-tech products to treat diabetics, said Wednesday it has won Food and Drug Administration approval to sell its continuous blood-sugar monitor, giving it a foothold in the $3-billion market now dominated by giants Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. The device is designed to measure blood-glucose levels more precisely than the current finger-pricking method.
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