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NEWS
August 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Middle-age men who feel hopeless or think of themselves as failures may develop atherosclerosis, the narrowing of the arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes, faster than their more optimistic counterparts, researchers report. People who expressed high levels of despair had a 20% greater increase in atherosclerosis over four years, according to a report in the August issue of the American Heart Assn. journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
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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)
HOME & GARDEN
March 31, 2005 | Chris Erskine
First sign of spring: Strawberries big as baseballs. Second sign of spring: Fall soccer sign-ups. Seriously, is there any food more perfect than a deviled egg? Car I'd most love to wake up next to: the Audi A6. Woman I'd most love to drive around? I'm thinking, I'm thinking.... Middle age is that point in life when you finally understand the infield-fly rule. L.A.'s signature sandwich: the burrito. L.A.'s signature dish: Halle Berry. Squeaky new fan belt? Try a little surf wax.
NEWS
January 6, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Cognitive decline may start earlier than previously thought - about age 45, according to a study released this week - but that doesn't mean those hitting middle age should think their brain functions are doomed. "I think the notion that we do things as well when we're older as when we're younger is not that tenable," said Dr. Marc L. Gordon, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital and an Alzheimer's disease researcher at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research , both in New York.
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.
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."
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
The aging actress sits alone onstage in a pool of light, holding a script. The audience watches from the darkness. Joan Hotchkis is reenacting a casting call for a commercial. Not exactly the pinnacle of her career aspirations, but hey, it's work. As she relives the scene, she muses about some of the actresses waiting their turn; they are competitors for the gig. Boy, she thinks, some of them are hardly recognizable these days. Skin so taut from face-lifts. Those perpetually surprised looks.
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