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NEWS
November 2, 1997 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 79, Dr. James Birren likes to think of middle age and beyond as "the second 50." "This century has given us the gift of long life," he says, but, "we're still not used to the idea that mature people are the most populous group in our society." One result: "Lag effects in our institutions--businesses, schools, churches." Birren, associate director of the UCLA Center on Aging, will be a keynoter at a conference, "Lifespan: Exploring and Celebrating the New Longevity," Nov.
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NATIONAL
January 11, 2006 | From Associated Press
Middle-age people who are overweight but have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels are kidding themselves if they think their health is just fine, medical researchers say. Northwestern University researchers tracked 17,643 patients for three decades and found that being overweight in midlife substantially increased the risk of dying of heart disease -- even in people with healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
BOOKS
December 3, 2000
Editor's Note: This year, the Los Angeles Times considered more than 1,200 books. Of these, our contributors reserved their highest praise for 106 novels and short story collections, 26 children's books and 113 works of nonfiction. Their original reviews have been edited and condensed for reasons of space. ACTS OF MUTINY By Derek Beaven Picador USA: 280 pp., $24 Derek Beaven's debut novel, "Newton's Niece," won a Commonwealth Prize when it was published in Britain in 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica
The most shocking thing about the sweatiest recent sex scene on television wasn't that it ended, um, prematurely, nor that it resulted, indirectly, in a black eye. It's that it involved Ray Romano. Hearing Romano -- his character, Joe Tranelli, actually -- narrate this encounter, from his first post-divorce date, has been one of the many uncomfortable pleasures of "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 10 p.m. Mondays), honest about disappointment in a way uncommon for television. Unlike, say, "Cougar Town," which tackles middle age with hysteria and a series of blunt-force punch lines, "Men of a Certain Age" has far more in common with "thirtysomething": slow, even-keeled, interested in detail.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The myth that you sleep worse as you get older isn't true, scientists argued in a study published Thursday. While older people may have more sleep disturbances than younger people, those problems are linked to illnesses and health issues and have little to do with aging, researchers said. TheĀ  study , published in the journal Sleep, examined sleep quality in a more than 150,000 Americans. The survey participants were asked about sleep quality, sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue as well as many questions on race, income, education, mood and their general health.
NEWS
March 27, 1997 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman onstage is a poofball of black, all silky long legs and fur trim. Her hair is bobbed in a spray of Easter chick yellow. When she talks to the hungry crowd at the Century Club, you can still hear her breathy bedroom voice. She is, as her press release would have it, a "sex kitten on the prowl again." "I'm Joey, I'm a girl and I'm on the cover of Playboy," she coos, before promoting her pictorial with an encore of "I Get a Kick Out of You."
TRAVEL
February 13, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Monahan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I tell Valentina it's my first time in a banya and that I've forgotten to bring birch branches. "Oh, I'll flog you with mine," she says, offering typical Russian hospitality. She begins whacking my back as we sit on long wood benches in the parilka (steam room). Whack! Whack! Whack! The beatings continue for a minute or two as green bits fly about. I wince. "Now it's my turn," she says. I return the favor but am timid. Valentina could be my mother. "Harder!" she says.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Director Michael Apted is known for such diverse films as "Gorillas in the Mist," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and the James Bond romp "The World Is Not Enough," but it's the "Up" series of documentaries following a small group of Britons every seven years, starting at age 7, that carries his most distinctive signature. His latest entry, "56 Up," exploring their lives well into middle age, is now at the Nuart Theatre. And at the DGA Awards on Feb. 2, Apted (British-born and now a citizen of both Britain and the U.S.)
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Billy Crystal has sold a joking book on aging to Henry Holt and Co., according to the Hollywood Reporter , for which he was paid $4 million. And just think: with that money, he can buy more than 75,000 jumbo packs of Depends . True, that's not much of a joke. But Crystal's humor, of late, hardly seems worth $4 million. The comedian, actor and one-timeĀ "Saturday Night Live" cast member was most recently in the spotlight as the host of the 2012 Academy Awards. "Billy Crystal, hosting his ninth Oscar show (his first was in 1990, his most recent was in 2004)
NEWS
June 5, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The afternoon's first shark showed up like a silent marauder. Long, blue and sleek, it glided close to the boat for a look-see, made a swift pass near the bow, then swam off into open water. From the deck, we watched its sharp fin slicing through the sea. "All right," the dive master said cheerfully. "Everyone into the water." I don't know. You get to be 43 like me, wonder what life is about and start looking around for some spice.
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