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May 11, 2000
I object to the distortion of fact and the condescending attitude expressed by Carol Tavris ("And Babies Don't Come From Storks, Either," Commentary, May 7). I hold a graduate degree in a technical field, so I am not "scientifically illiterate." I am deeply offended that she resorts to name-calling in an important scientific discussion. Research teams in three countries (Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom), using state-of-the-art technology, have found vaccine-strain measles virus to be present in some autistic children.
March 2, 2010 | By Melissa Healy
When American kids reflect upon their childhoods decades from now, snacks may figure more prominently in their memories -- and around their waists -- than meals shared around a table. From 1977 to 2006, American children have added 168 snack calories per day to their diets, a study finds. They're munching cookies after school, granola bars on the way to piano lessons, chips after an hour of soccer practice and peanut butter and crackers while waiting for dinner. For some, those extra 1,176 calories a week could amount to as much as 13 1/2 pounds of body fat a year.
June 10, 2008 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Medical researchers are homing in on a wonder drug that may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases -- sunshine. A study released today found that men who are deficient in the so-called sunshine vitamin -- vitamin D -- have more than double the normal risk of suffering a heart attack. Just last week, another study found that low levels of vitamin D increased the risk of diabetes, and a study last month linked deficiencies to an increased risk of dying from breast cancer.
June 22, 1989 | PATRICK MOTT
Certain exercises in self-examination can be unsettling--the kind of zingers Dr. Ruth or Barbara Walters ask, the sorts of questions that make you clear your throat. Questions about morality, quirks, peccadilloes, scandals, big goofs. In Southern California, for instance, in the land that glorifies granola and fresh fruit and eating to win, the makeup of one's diet could be a source of unease. Would you be willing, for example, to fess up to every bite of food you had over the course of three days?
December 29, 1987 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Frozen diet meals--increasingly the dinner choice of many weight-conscious but busy Americans--deliver their promise of low calories. But many are too high in fat and sodium, warns the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
April 4, 2011 | Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ever since Vanity Fair put her on its January 2010 cover in what looked like a Wonder Woman costume, Tina Fey has seemed in danger of falling for the very canard she has spent a career satirizing: that a woman can "have it all" if she's willing to lose 20 pounds, show her breasts and regularly remind everyone that, although she writes and stars in an Emmy-winning TV show, she is still essentially a loser who eats a lot of cupcakes. (Just like, you know, Larry David does.) An excerpt from her new book in a recent New Yorker didn't help, with Fey assuming the position of agonized career mommy — why do so many people keep asking her if she is going to have another baby when having one is so hard?
November 9, 1989 | TONI TIPTON
The 10th edition of the Recommended Dietary Allowances, which were recently announced, encouraged smokers to increase their intake of Vitamin C to 100 milligrams per day in order to replenish body stores depleted by smoking. Since winter produce is a primary source of the nutrient, now is a good time to take advantage of its nourishing effect.
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