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July 16, 2013 | By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Your doctor hands you a prescription for a blood pressure drug. But is it the right one for you? You're searching for a new primary-care physician or a specialist. Is there a way you can know whether the doctor is more partial to expensive, brand-name drugs than his peers? Or say you've got to find a nursing home for a loved one. Wouldn't you want to know whether the staff doctor regularly prescribes drugs known to be risky for seniors or overuses psychiatric drugs to sedate residents?
July 6, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career. Tell me what people should consider when they're deciding where to work out. They need to make sure that it is attainable in their lifestyle, not for a short period of time, so I always tell people they need an at-home option and a destination option.
July 6, 2013 | By Amber Dance
Darrin Gold had been smoking for 27 years when he picked up an electronic cigarette. The Los Angeles real estate broker had tried to quit via nicotine gum, patches and lozenges, and didn't hold out much hope for the personal vaporizer. A few days later, he trashed his traditional cigarettes. Technically, e-cigarettes are not stop-smoking devices and may not be marketed as such. There is not much published scientific evidence that the devices are a viable method to quit cigarettes, says Linda Sarna, a professor at UCLA's school of nursing and chair of the committee that recently enacted a campus-wide ban of cigarettes both traditional and electronic.
July 2, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Josh Hamilton finished a workout with the team's strength and conditioning coach Tuesday afternoon, went into the Angels' dugout for some water, took a small wad of chewing tobacco out of his mouth and flung it to the floor. Asked if he had resumed chewing tobacco after quitting last July - a move that led to withdrawal symptoms and may have contributed to his second-half slump with Texas - Hamilton said, "No comment. " This is a sensitive subject for Hamilton, whose well-chronicled addiction to cocaine and alcohol led to a three-year suspension from baseball from 2003-2005 and who has struggled with tobacco and caffeine use. Hamilton has also struggled since signing a five-year, $125-million deal in December, hitting .223 with 10 home runs, 29 runs batted in and 81 strikeouts entering Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals.
June 25, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Gliese 667C might be the dimmest of a stellar threesome, but it's got something its two brighter companions don't: a trio of super-Earths circling around the star's skinny habitable zone, where the planets could potentially be capable of supporting life. For astronomers, the record-breaking trio are the crown jewels of a planetary system containing as many as seven possible planets (though researchers say the evidence is currently strongest for just five of them). The three lie inside the habitable zone, a Goldilocks region where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water -- a necessary ingredient for life.
June 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Your browser does not support iframes. As if Yasiel Puig, or any other major league outfielder, doesn't have enough to worry about, add one thing to the list. Umpire Jordan Baker is quickly gaining fame for a pretty gross habit: After each half inning, he turns and throws his chewing gum into the outfield. The gum-throwing, first reported by , means that at the end of each game Baker leaves 18 wads of chewing gum in the outfield. Who has to clean this up? You have to bet if an outfielder has to dive for a ball during a game and lands on several wads of gum, he won't be happy.
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
They've been waiting underground for 17 years, and now cicadas are emerging en masse to take over the eastern half of the United States. Right now, billions of the Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground and are making big noise all up and down the East Coast. While some people are dreading the coming onslaught of creepy-looking red-eyed bugs, and others are polishing up their storehouse of cicada recipes , Science Channel is planning to dedicate much of its Memorial Day weekend programming to the little fellas.
May 10, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
No two readers are alike. No two mothers are alike. And the only way to really find out what might be a good book to get your mother for Mother's Day is to ask her what she likes to read. My own mother's reading habits have always been a bit of a mystery to me. I don't remember her reading many books when I was growing up in L.A. as the son of Guatemalan immigrants. She was a single mom, working a series of clerical jobs and raising an only son, and she never had much free time. So I got on the phone and called Guatemala  - my mother retired and moved back to Latin America two decades ago - and asked her: “ ¿Cuáles son sus libros favoritos?
April 20, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
OK, you've had nearly a third of the year. Lost that weight? Smoking a thing of the past? Nicer to your husband? If you are like many people, such resolutions have disappeared as completely as the bubbles in your Champagne toast. But you can start again. We all have habits that we could stand to break. But desire isn't everything, and it can be difficult to know where to start and frustrating to carry on through setbacks, temptation and outright failure. Still, in order to live healthful and productive lives, many of us need to make changes.
April 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
NASA scientists announced Thursday that the Kepler mission had confirmed finding three planets , slightly larger than our own Earth, orbiting in their stars' so-called habitable zones -- that "Goldilocks" region where temperatures are not too hot and not too cold. Researchers don't know for sure, but the planets' sizes and proximity to their stars mean that they could be rocky and could have liquid water, two attributes thought necessary for a planet to harbor life. What is certain, the scientists said during a press conference Thursday, is that the discoveries mark yet another step forward in the space agency's quest to find an Earth-sized planet in a star's habitable zone.
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