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HEALTH
September 22, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
Most Americans say they wash their hands in public restrooms, but a survey by observers posted in airport facilities revealed that only 78% of travelers actually lather up. Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, the survey found that the least hygienic travelers were at JFK International Airport in New York; more than 30% of them didn't wash their hands after using restrooms. Nearly that many (27%) didn't stop to wash their hands in Chicago.
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NATIONAL
September 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Four straight days of rain have caused widespread destruction in Colorado, captured in some remarkable photos by residents. Scroll down to take a look. Officials have reported three deaths Thursday morning in the deluge, which has wiped away roads, stranded motorists, and led to emergency orders for residents in some areas to seek higher ground. Below are a few images and videos from Boulder, Colo., where residents and officials have shared photos of walkways turned into waterfalls and tunnels turned into rivers.
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WORLD
March 6, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
When Guerrier Lejean feels nature's call, he creeps to the edge of his urban encampment and relieves himself in the bushes. He has been doing so since the Jan. 12 earthquake left him homeless, and so have most of his approximately 2,500 neighbors who huddle in shelters made of sticks and bed sheets. The crowded camp, wedged between an exhaust-choked boulevard and the Port-au-Prince airport, has no bathrooms. Many residents defecate into plastic shopping bags and hurl them into the fetid waters of a channel that runs along the edge of the camp.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The maker of Energizer batteries announced Wednesday it is buying three brands of feminine hygiene products from Johnson & Johnson for $135 million. St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings Inc. said it would pay cash for the Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands. The deal includes a manufacturing plant in Montreal. Energizer already owns the Playtex feminine-care brand.  Top 10 riskiest industries for investors "Combining these complementary businesses gives us brands in each of the key feminine-hygiene categories, and the opportunity to innovate by doing what we do best," said Ward Kelin, Energizer's chief executive.  The acquisition is expected to become final next year.
HEALTH
October 29, 2001 | Benedict Carey and \f7
The first line of defense against 21st century bioterrorism is ... hand washing? Last week the postmaster general and the surgeon general urged Americans to take that most elemental precaution when opening the mail. And in case you've forgotten exactly how best to wash your hands, some health Web sites are offering advice. The Council on Family Health, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which educates families on the risks and benefits of drugs, has posted on its site (http://www.cfhinfo.
HEALTH
July 11, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This November, voters in San Francisco are expected to weigh in on a controversial topic: whether parents should be allowed to circumcise their baby boys. The proposition, backed by members of an anti-circumcision group that calls its members "intactivists," has ignited heated debate. It's hardly a new issue. Historians have found evidence of circumcision dating to ancient Egypt. Since then, the practice has gone in and out of public favor for myriad reasons, including hygiene, religion, cultural norms and beliefs about masculinity.
NEWS
December 12, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of polls and studies has dished up some real dirt on the French: Fewer than half take a bath or shower each day. What's more, 40% of French men, and 25% of women, do not change their underwear daily. Fully 50% of the men, and 30% of women, do not use deodorant. Why is this so, in a nation that has done so much to set modern Western standards for polite behavior? It is not for want of means--almost every French household is equipped with a shower or bathtub.
HOME & GARDEN
April 24, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I forgot to feed the little guy one day — big deal. Another day, I accidentally sent him to school naked. Who cares? Because those were the only glitches during the long weekend his mother was away. Oh, there was the backyard campout I decided to stage at the spur of the moment. Let me just say that sometimes dads get all jazzed up about something and don't think it all the way through. It's an occupational hazard — part of the tradeoff for a fun and spontaneous suburban life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1992 | DENNIS McBRIDE, Dennis McBride is a poet and political satirist in Portland, Ore.
The 10-second light began blinking. Then they were live. "Good Evening," said the anchorwoman. "Welcome to tonight's broadcast of 'Presidential Candidates' Encounter,' coming to you from the Civic Center stage in Des Moines, Iowa. I'd like to thank the local chapter of Citizens for an American Universe for sponsoring this event. Now I will toss the coin. Heads will give the opening statement to incumbent Morton Neargood and tails to his challenger, Sarah Winright." The coin dropped on the table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1997
Joanne Gamlin (letter, June 25) asks why a reader, picking up a newspaper and seeing a familiar headline, would not wonder, "Why is this story on the front page when I learned about it on the 11 p.m. news?" Surely the answer is, "So that I can learn the whole story, plus the background details and subtleties that weren't even hinted at during the three minutes it was mentioned on the news last night, in between commercials for used cars and feminine hygiene products." PETER G. BROOKES Chula Vista
OPINION
May 15, 2013 | Patt Morrison
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice). Dr. Jonathan Fielding heads L.A. County's Department of Public Health , which is bigger than some states' health departments. A pediatrician by training and the head of the county's health programs since 1998, Fielding is such a believer that he and his wife, Karin, turned savvy investments into a $50-million gift last year to UCLA's School of Public Health.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
He's the guy getting a lot of ear action. Tony Hale is back as the vice president's boy Friday in HBO's political comedy "Veep. " In the midst of Washington chaos, he's never too far from Selina's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) ear, ready to whip out hand sanitizer from his beloved man purse or scour her closet for the perfect clutch. If needed, he'll even take a bullet for the veep  - or at least a sneeze. The patsy role is one the actor has made an art. He'll also reprise his role as socially awkward Buster Bluth in the highly anticipated resurrection of "Arrested Development," which will premiere on Netflix in late May. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments And later this summer he'll appear opposite Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in the comedy flick "The Heat.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Spoiler alert: That monthly time for women, long depicted by feminine hygiene companies as a glorious period -- so to speak -- of skydiving, dancing and smiles galore, is really nothing like that at all. This is relevant because Richard Neill, a man, recently reached this conclusion on his own after years of having “felt a little jealous” of women. Mightily displeased, Neill went on British company Bodyform's Facebook profile and voiced his disillusionment in a ranting post that has since gone viral.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | David Lazarus
Janelle Ricci hasn't been sleeping well. It's been more than a year, in fact, since she's had a decent night's sleep. Ricci, 21, a design student at Burbank's Woodbury University, says pressure to perform can keep her up for days at a time. Her longest stretch, she told me, was staying up for about 64 hours straight during one particularly stressful period. "It really affects my life," Ricci said. "I've started falling asleep at work. I sleep through my classes. " She's not alone.
HOME & GARDEN
December 17, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Know what I hate? Boat parades. I understand the allure, the fun-house reflections off the water. Pink palm trees. Blue reindeer. But boat parades don't remind me of Christmas. What boat parades remind me of is Victoria's Secret ads. Or Republican National Conventions, when they used to be down in Miami Beach. You know what we need more of? Well, everything, but you know the one holiday activity that should increase? Poker games. There's something about all that green felt. Reminds me of those funny tuxedos elves wear.
HEALTH
July 11, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This November, voters in San Francisco are expected to weigh in on a controversial topic: whether parents should be allowed to circumcise their baby boys. The proposition, backed by members of an anti-circumcision group that calls its members "intactivists," has ignited heated debate. It's hardly a new issue. Historians have found evidence of circumcision dating to ancient Egypt. Since then, the practice has gone in and out of public favor for myriad reasons, including hygiene, religion, cultural norms and beliefs about masculinity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1999
County health officials said Tuesday that a virus, not water contamination, was the probable cause of the flu-like symptoms that sent more than 200 students home from an elementary school last week. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county director of public health, said a so-called Norwalk-type virus seems to be the culprit that affected almost half the students at Grace Miller elementary school.
HEALTH
September 26, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Men are dirtier than women. So scientists have confirmed by spying in public restrooms. Wednesday's results mark the American Society of Microbiology's latest look at how many people take what is considered the single easiest step to staying healthy: spending 20 seconds rubbing with soap under the faucet. Back in 1996, the society first studied how often people wash up after using the toilet.
HEALTH
July 1, 2011
Good oral health in children translates to healthy adult teeth. Here's how to help care for your child's pearly whites: •Take your child to a pediatric dentist by the child's first birthday or when the first teeth arrive, whichever comes first. •Begin helping your child floss by the time their last two molars come together, which usually happens when children are 21/2 to 3 years of age. "The minute the two last molars — the first and second baby molars — come together, flossing becomes a big way to prevent that plaque formation from taking place," says Dr. Indru Punwani, professor and head of the department of pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A lot of stars live in L.A., or spend a lot of time here, so let's let them be our tour guides to another side of the city. From pre-game rituals to best place for a nightcap, we're looking for star picks from the everyday to the evanescent. To kick off our new feature, suit and boot for a spin around L.A. with Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan, 26-year-old scene stealer from "Parks and Recreation," "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," and other don't-miss productions. Plaza has the effortless cool of an upstairs neighbor and more than enough chutzpah to hang with the boys.
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