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May 1, 1997
Re "U.S. Agency Sounds Alarm About 'Miracle' Hormones," April 28: The National Institute on Aging has sounded the alarm about possible health consequences from the widespread use of DHEA and melatonin, two hormonal supplements. As a health writer who has written about these hormones, many of the alternative medicine practitioners I have spoken to report numerous benefits from their use, including, in the case of DHEA, more energy and well-being among older people. Particularly in the case of DHEA, they caution that it is advisable to have simple laboratory tests before and after taking it to determine a genuine need and appropriate dosage for each individual.
February 28, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Repeated head injuries among professional football players can lead to hormonal dysfunction and decreased quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma earlier this month. The study found 16 of the 68 retired NFL players examined had pituitary hormonal deficiency. Thirty-four of the former players also showed evidence of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that included high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are also associated with low testosterone.
January 3, 1989
By putting retaliatory tariffs on Common Market food imports, the Reagan Administration has called to public attention the fact that all American beef animals are treated with hormones (Part I, Dec. 28). Since these growth hormones are so dangerous for Olympic and teen-age athletes, my family doesn't want to ingest any of them--even second hand. We already know from reading The Times that the pollution in Santa Monica Bay has contaminated the fish and that much poultry contains poisonous salmonella.
February 17, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Do hormones drive volatility in world financial markets? According to new research, chronically high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can alter the behavior of beleaguered financial traders, boosting their risk aversion and inspiring "irrational pessimism. " In a paper published Monday in journal PNAS, researchers found that London financial traders experienced a 68% increase in cortisol levels during periods of market volatility. When researchers reproduced similar levels of chemicals in human subjects in the lab, they observed a "large" change in the study participants's willingness to take on risk.
June 28, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Alma, the 15-year-old heroine of the Nordic import "Turn Me On, Dammit!," is introduced pleasuring herself on the floor of her kitchen to the chatter of a phone sex operator. Instead of setting up a single-minded comedy about teenage desire, however, this gently amusing film from writer-director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen delicately renders more than a few shades of a turbulent female adolescence. Soft-eyed, hangdog Alma (a wonderful Helene Bergsholm) is racked with horny/romantic fantasies and hates the backwater mountain village where she lives.
April 4, 2009 | Shari Roan
In the animal kingdom, some primates produce reddened faces in order to show off and attract mates. Humans apparently do the same, to some extent. In a study published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland measured how skin color varies according to the amount of oxygen in the blood. Oxygenated blood is a bright red color, and deoxygenated blood has a slightly bluish-red color.
December 14, 2008 | Associated Press
Taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer, according to a new analysis of a big federal study that reveals the most dramatic evidence yet of the dangers of these popular pills. Even women who took estrogen and progestin pills for just a couple of years had a greater chance of getting cancer. But when they stopped, their odds quickly improved, returning to a normal risk level about two years later.
December 28, 1990 | NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, Associated Press Newsfeatures
Research suggests that treatment with human growth hormone may reverse some of the effects that aging has on the body. Injecting a genetically engineered version of the natural body hormone led to an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in body fat in a group of men ranging in age from 61 to 81 years old. However, the results are preliminary, and the long-term effects of human growth hormone have yet to be determined.
August 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. agreed to pay at least $300 million for Monsanto Co.'s Posilac, a synthetic hormone used to boost milk production in cows. The agreement will expand Lilly's veterinary operations and enable St. Louis-based Monsanto to focus on genetically modified crops. Lilly, based in Indianapolis, gains the U.S. sales force for Posilac and the manufacturing plant in Augusta, Ga. It also inherits opposition to the hormone from consumer advocates and some dairy processors.
April 9, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Scientists call it the love hormone, the chemical that binds people to one another. Now researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have found that the hormone, released in high amounts in mothers after childbirth, can improve a person's ability to interpret what is going on in another person -- by reading information gleaned from their eyes.
January 2, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Leave it to science to find a way to harsh the mellow of marijuana. A French research team has discovered a natural chemical brake that can tamp down the effects of THC, the main intoxicant in marijuana. They believe it could lead to ways to protect against memory loss, torpor and other side-effects better known as being stoned. “We have this built-in negative feedback mechanism, a brake” on cannabis intoxication, said University of Bordeaux neurobiologist Dr. Pier Vincenzo Piazza, principal author of a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
December 16, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday. The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental spills at nearby wells could wind up. Tests of water from sites with no fracking activity also revealed the activity of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.
November 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
  For many women, the end of fertility--and the sharp drop in circulating estrogen and progesterone that comes with it-- is a time of forgotten keys, tip-of-the-tongue moments with names and words, and a malaise that can morph into all-out depression. Naturally enough, many believe there is a causal link here, and wonder whether hormone replacement therapy might hold at bay the mood and cognitive changes that commonly occur at midlife. Scientists, too, have been debating the relationship between sex hormones, mood and cognition, and whether there exists a "critical window" following menopause when propped-up levels of sex hormones might change a woman's mood or mental performance as she ages.
October 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Suzanne Somers is the luckiest woman in the whole, big, wide world. Hands down. The onetime "Three's Company" star, now 66, revealed Tuesday on " The Talk " that she has an active sex life. A very active sex life, with Alan Hamel, her husband of 36 years. How active? Try twice a day, girlfriends! "He's on hormones, I'm on hormones ... ," Somers said by way of explanation. When the roar of "The Talk" panel subsided, details were demanded. When? Back to back? Spread through the day?
August 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Christian Fauria spent 13 seasons as an NFL tight end. He won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. He understands the hunger for any possible physical edge. But he said he couldn't bring himself to use human growth hormone. He did buy it though. He held the vials in his hands. He contemplated injecting himself with the banned substance, but… "Too chicken to go through with it," Fauria told The Times on Wednesday. "I did my research. I had tons of ankle problems, and I was looking for a way to get back faster.
August 13, 2013 | Wire reports
The NFL Players Assn. has told its members that the union "tentatively agreed" that 40 players will take blood tests for human growth hormone each week during the season, with a positive result drawing a four-game suspension. The NFLPA emailed players a memo in question-and-answer format Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy. According to the email, players participating in NFL training camps this year will provide a blood sample for a "population study" to determine what level of HGH will result in penalties.
February 7, 2013 | By Marc Olsen
Drawn from the experiences of writer-director Benjamin Ávila's formative years, the film "Clandestine Childhood" tells the story of a young boy who returns to Argentina in 1979 with his family after years in exile to live under an assumed alias as his parents and uncle take part in revolutionary action to overthrow the ruling military dictatorship. The film was Argentina's submission this year for the foreign language Oscar, which Argentina won just three years ago with "The Secret in Their Eyes.
July 4, 1988 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Smoking gives post-menopausal women higher levels of two male hormones, suggesting that the hormones might account for the higher incidence of heart attacks among women smokers, researchers at UC San Diego say. The findings also point to hormones as the potential explanation for why men are three times more likely than women to have cardiovascular disease.
July 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL and NFL Players Assn. are once again talking about putting a test in place for human growth hormone, although those discussions have gone back and forth over the last two years with no resolution. “We are in active discussions with the NFLPA regarding the implementation of HGH testing for NFL players,” league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote Monday in a text message. “Those discussions are focused on a full resolution of any remaining issues, including the role of a population study.” According to an NFLPA email obtained by the Associated Press, the league and union have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players that establishes a baseline for what constitutes a positive test for HGH. The union sent the email to players to explain their blood will be drawn at the start of training camps, but that those samples will only be used to establish a population study.
July 16, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Researchers have further unraveled how a version of a gene linked to obesity risk causes people to gain weight - it makes them more likely to feel hungry after a meal and to prefer high-calorie foods. Their study, published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that individuals who inherited the high-risk version of the FTO gene from both of their parents have higher levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin in their bloodstream, which leaves them hungry even after eating.
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