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July 6, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Cutting back on salt does seem to reduce blood pressure -- welcome news for those diligently watching their intake -- but it might not reduce deaths, a new analysis suggests.  Researchers analyzed results from seven studies that tracked salt reduction and deaths or significant events caused by cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke and heart surgery) for at least six months in nearly 6,500 people. The researchers found no strong evidence that reducing sodium intake in people with high or normal blood pressure reduces the death rate.
May 3, 1987 | United Press International
The government has announced a series of goals designed to lift the Himalayan kingdom out of the ranks of the world's poorest nations by the end of the century. The program, based on broad instructions from King Birendra and announced last week, is aimed at meeting the population's basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health and education.
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.
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.
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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