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October 4, 2010
Flu in an infant can be a scary experience. These infants suffer a higher rate of complications compared with older babies who have the flu. However, pregnant women who get a flu vaccine give their babies some protection, according to a study published Monday. Babies under 6 months of age are born with what appears to be some natural protection from flu passed on by the mother's antibodies. However this natural immunity isn't totally protective and pregnant women are widely encouraged to get an annual flu shot to protect themselves and their babies.
August 1, 2011
Exercise advice for couch potatoes usually goes like this: doing something is better than doing nothing. Turns out that might be true--people who do even a little regular exercise may have lower risk of heart disease than people who never leave the sofa. Researchers did a meta-analysis of 33 studies looking at the effects of exercise on coronary heart disease among people who were active or sedentary to see if they could quantify how much exercise was needed to show any benefits. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which recommend a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for health benefits, were used as a measure.
January 26, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Eating food containing trans fats and saturated fats could contribute to depression, scientists reported Wednesday. Researchers in Spain followed 12,059 people over six years, analyzing their diets, lifestyles and medical problems. The people who ate the most trans fats, which are commonly found in pastries and fast food, had a 48% increased risk of depression compared with people who did not eat trans fats. Individuals who ate a lot of polyunsaturated fats -- a healthier type of fat that is found in olive oil, for example -- had a lower risk of depression.
January 28, 2002 | Liz Pulliam Weston
Enron Corp.'s bankruptcy has highlighted some of the risks of owning company stock in a retirement plan. Financial planners recommend the following steps to help reduce risk: * Curb your enthusiasm. No company's future is entirely secure. You may believe in your company's long-term prospects, but remember that both your job and your retirement are at stake if you make a big bet in company stock.
February 10, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Drinking and driving is never a good idea, and neither is smoking pot and driving, a study finds. People who smoke marijuana within a few hours of getting behind the wheel may be almost twice as likely to cause an accident compared with those who are sober. A review of nine studies on pot smoking and car crashes was done by researchers from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. The authors wrote that previous studies have been somewhat inconclusive about marijuana's effect on automobile collisions, some showing it linked with a higher risk of crashes, and some showing a lower risk.
July 26, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
The audience wasn't happy. Its members — private citizens, healthcare professionals and advocates for the elderly — had gathered to hear a report on how to prevent Alzheimer's; instead, they were told that, in fact, nothing has been proved to keep the disease at bay. "We're not trying to take anyone's hope away," said report co-author Dr. Carl C. Bell, a professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois, Chicago,...
May 31, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Vivendi Universal faces reduced risk of running short of cash if its credit ratings are cut after renegotiating loans and repaying a $2.3-billion obligation, Standard & Poor's Corp. said. The world's second-largest media company said it has unused credit lines of $3.3 billion available after paying its dividend and buying the entertainment business of USA Networks Inc. S&P said the withdrawal of Vivendi from the firm's trigger list won't lift the company's ratings.
November 7, 2012 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
If you take statins to lower your cholesterol, you may also be lowering your risk of death from cancer, new research suggests. A report published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine is one of a number of recent papers suggesting that statins not only limit the growth of cancer cells but also make them more vulnerable to certain therapies. "Regular statin use before and after a diagnosis of cancer could theoretically reduce cancer-related mortality," wrote study leader Sune F. Nielsen, a biochemist at the University of Copenhagen who based his findings on an analysis of more than 5.5 million people in Denmark.
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