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April 6, 2009 | Chris Woolston
It's a good thing dietary guidelines aren't laws. If they were, just about all of us could be found guilty. Even if you load fruit onto your whole-grain cereal and pile greens on your sandwiches, chances are you're regularly falling short on one or more nutrients. Many people take multivitamins to fill in these gaps, but since everyone's different, how do you pick the right pill? You can't buy a multivitamin with your name on it, but you can buy one aimed at your gender.
In summers past, television and trouble filled most evenings for children at the San Fernando Gardens housing project in Pacoima. So when VISTA volunteer Rosa Roman started making phone calls and knocking on doors, gauging parents' interest in a pilot 4-H club within the housing project, the response overwhelmed her.
November 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Fat kids often turn into fat adults with a host of related health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries. But a study finds that if those heavy kids lose weight they may be on a par with people who were never overweight. A meta-analysis released today in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at weight status and health among 6,328 people who were followed from childhood for an average of 23 years. The study subjects were divided into four categories: those who were normal weight as kids and not obese as adults; those who were overweight or obese as kids but not obese as adults; those who were overweight or obese as kids and obese as adults, and those who were normal weight as kids but obese as adults.
January 29, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
February is “American Heart Month,” and our e-mail inboxes are filling up with information about all sorts of cardiovascular-related events, including a celebrity-studded game of Capture the Flag at UCLA. Apparently, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, singer Natasha Bedingfield, actor Ryan Kwanten and others will serve as captains of CTF teams that will compete for money to fund heart research at UCLA and UC Davis. CTF games will also be played in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston, according to a news release.
You pass your health club membership card across the exercise equipment's sensors, which read your medical and exercise records off the card's embedded chip. The exercise machine then automatically adjusts to your body size. It sets its resistance levels based on how well you did in the last visit and what your personal training program recommends for your joints, bones and muscles. The workout of the future? It's as close as the millennium, say people who follow exercise trends.
When cardiologist Irving Loh talks, people tend to listen. "One and a half million people each year have a heart attack. A half-million die," he said. "Forty percent may have no symptoms whatsoever until the first event, which could be dropping dead." This statistical bombshell is dropped about once every three weeks. It's his way of starting off lectures designed to educate clients about the cardiovascular system and how to avoid heart attacks.
November 26, 1985 | Jack Smith
Having had a cardiac artery bypass and a near-fatal arrhythmic incident, I am naturally interested in various theories about cardiac rehabilitation. As I have noted, I am now working out three mornings a week at the Pasadena Athletic Club, under the guidance of Ray Staffanus, after a three-month period of exercises under the guidance of the cheerful young women who run the cardiac rehabilitation center at Huntington Hospital.
March 27, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The deaths of two runners during last week's Los Angeles Marathon are a sobering reminder that doing something good for yourself can sometimes have a bad outcome. In people with heart disease -- those who know it and those who don't -- recent studies have confirmed that exercise can indeed trigger a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. A piece of plaque can break off from an artery and stop blood flow. An irregular heartbeat can develop, slowing blood flow to the brain.
April 5, 1990 | TONI TIPTON
Two significant studies--one recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the other presented before a meeting of scientists here--have demonstrated that eating two to three meals of fish per week can lower blood pressure in humans, a hypothesis that previously had been based solely on animal models and thus had been challenged.
March 16, 1993 | From Associated Press
Doctors are getting their first realistic view inside the beating heart without cutting it open, using experimental ultrasound machines and computers to shoot crisply detailed 3-D movies. In one example that researchers displayed Monday, doctors oriented the picture so it looked like they were standing inside a baby's heart, peering at a defect from different angles. Doctors can simulate slicing through the heart at any angle, then peek inside and watch valves flap and chamber walls pulse.
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