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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.
August 4, 1989 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
The startling finding that a popular hormone therapy used to treat menopause and prevent osteoporosis may promote breast cancer left many women wondering this week whether they should reconsider taking so-called replacement hormones. The finding, announced Tuesday in Sweden, emerged from a study of women over age 34 who took hormones for at least six years. While estrogen alone had a slight impact on their risk of breast cancer, estrogen and progestin together raised it fourfold.
September 19, 1988
Some binge eaters produce unusually small amounts of a hormone that ordinarily signals people that they are full, according to a study. The report suggests that a defect in production of this natural chemical may be an underlying cause of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder in which people stuff themselves with food and then make themselves vomit. The study compared 14 women with bulimia to 10 healthy volunteers.
May 31, 2010 | By Jill U Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In women, postpartum depression is well-known, long-studied and blamed in large part on biological factors. After all, pregnancy-related hormone levels plummet after the baby's birth, leaving many new moms weepy on the very day they arrive home from the hospital. From there on out, recovery from labor, bodily changes and nursing (or not) can contribute to, if not trigger, both the milder baby blues and outright clinical depression. But new fathers suffer from pre- and postpartum depression as well, researchers have learned.
Hormone replacement therapy should not be given to women solely for the purpose of preventing heart disease because the benefits are ambiguous at best, the American Heart Assn. recommended today. The suggestion from the nation's leading group of heart doctors adds another twist to the complex calculations faced by many of the 50 million American women over age 50 as they ponder whether to use hormone therapy.
A new strain of midget mice that are only half normal size has been developed by Ohio University researchers who accomplished the feat by modifying the gene for a growth hormone and inserting it into the animals, the scientists report today. The researchers say the technique should work for any animal, so it should be possible to develop small rodents, pigs and other laboratory animals that would require less space and food.
October 4, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the latest indictment of hormone replacement therapy, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that women taking an estrogen-progestin combination have an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The women also underwent more endometrial biopsies for the diagnosis of cancer, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Despite the increased risk, however, ovarian cancer remains a rare disease, the researchers said.
February 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A hormone that helps the body absorb calcium apparently is ineffective for treating women who already have the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, researchers report. The study found the hormone calcitriol failed to increase bone mass among a group of 72 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. "The goal of treatment of post-menopausal osteoporosis is to prevent further fractures," said Drs.
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