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October 9, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
A baby born to a woman who suffers depression during pregnancy stands a higher likelihood of becoming a depressed adolescent than does his or her nursery-mate born to a nondepressed mother, a new study finds. A large British study also found that among those with less education, a mother's postpartum depression -- as well as a father's depression following his baby's birth -- similarly raised the odds that that offspring would go on the become depressed. Mothers and fathers with more education who became depressed after a baby's birth appeared less likely to sow the seeds of later depression in the child.
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November 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Eighteen and pregnant, Jessica Chandler was terrified. Taken away from her mentally ill mother and placed into the foster care system as a child, she wanted to be a good parent. "But I didn't really know what that meant," said Chandler, now a graduate student at Cal State Northridge. Although she got help from programs that taught her about child rearing, two of her sisters were less fortunate. They struggled with parenting and lost their children to the same system that once claimed them.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2008
THANK YOU, Geoff Boucher, for a great article on my favorite band, Offspring, and its frontman, Dexter Holland ["High-Flying Punk," June 15]. I am a longtime fan, have read tons of interviews with the band, and still Boucher managed to report topics that I hadn't read about previously. Nice work, and my fellow fans on the official Offspring forum seem to share my opinion. Zsolt Palmai Salgotarjan, Hungary
SCIENCE
October 9, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
A baby born to a woman who suffers depression during pregnancy stands a higher likelihood of becoming a depressed adolescent than does his or her nursery-mate born to a nondepressed mother, a new study finds. A large British study also found that among those with less education, a mother's postpartum depression -- as well as a father's depression following his baby's birth -- similarly raised the odds that that offspring would go on the become depressed. Mothers and fathers with more education who became depressed after a baby's birth appeared less likely to sow the seeds of later depression in the child.
SCIENCE
July 3, 2013 | By Amina Khan
If you've ever had a meal that changed your life, maybe you understand what it's like to be a newborn lizard. If you're a Zootoca vivipara lizard, whether or not you get an easy first meal may change the course of your life, according to a pair of scientists in France and Spain. The study, published in Current Biology, shows that small, even fleeting events in an animal's life can dramatically alter an animal's development, even if it has the same genes as its brethren. At a national park in southern France, the researchers captured 120 pregnant Zootoca vivipara lizards, insect-eaters that birth their young live rather than laying eggs.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Orange County punk band Offspring is expected to sign a four-album, multimillion-dollar contract this week with Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The deal, which has been in the works since February, could be announced as early as Friday, although some financial details are still unresolved.
HOME & GARDEN
May 2, 2009 | David A. Keeps
CB2, the offspring of Crate & Barrel, opened its first Southern California store Thursday in the Sunset Boulevard space formerly occupied by a Virgin Megastore. "Considering that Los Angeles was the home of Case Study houses and Charles and Ray Eames, we knew we had to come here to be a legitimate modern home furnishings store," said CB2 director Marta-Maria Calle.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1999 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all but hey man free rides just don't come along every day." --"Why Don't You Get a Job?" by the Offspring * In its hit song "Why Don't You Get a Job?," the Offspring chide slackers who sit back and let others do the work. But some music critics say the rock group is committing that very same sin with the tune.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The arena-rock warhorse is a dwindling breed consisting of holdovers from past decades and a few '90s-bred ponies that haven't proved they can carry the load as a big draw over the long haul. Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots broke down before they even made it to the back stretch. Pearl Jam could run the race--but does it want to? The Dave Matthews Band? Not a bad bet; somebody has to take over the Grateful Dead's jam-band slot. Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and Nine Inch Nails?
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Was your grandfather already advanced in age when your father was born?  If so, your DNA may help you live longer, scientists at Northwestern University reported Monday. The reason for the seemingly counterintuitive effect?  Older fathers have children with longer telomeres.  Telomeres are bits of DNA at the end of chromosomes that impact aging and cell death.  Generally, the longer your telomeres, the longer you live.  As we age, telomeres in our cells get shorter and shorter each time a cell divides until eventually they're whittled away and the cell shuts down.  But the opposite has been shown true in sperm cells: the older the man, the longer the telomeres in his sperm and the longer the telomeres he passes along to his offspring.
SCIENCE
July 3, 2013 | By Amina Khan
If you've ever had a meal that changed your life, maybe you understand what it's like to be a newborn lizard. If you're a Zootoca vivipara lizard, whether or not you get an easy first meal may change the course of your life, according to a pair of scientists in France and Spain. The study, published in Current Biology, shows that small, even fleeting events in an animal's life can dramatically alter an animal's development, even if it has the same genes as its brethren. At a national park in southern France, the researchers captured 120 pregnant Zootoca vivipara lizards, insect-eaters that birth their young live rather than laying eggs.
OPINION
June 15, 2013 | By David P. Barash
Evolution is a terrific thing for humans to learn about but a terrible thing to learn from. Case in point: fathers. Biology generates behavior that renders mammalian fathers something less than admirable, at least by ethical perspectives. Two factors are especially responsible: the consequence of being sperm-makers, as compared with the egg-making specialty that defines females, and the divergent effects of internal fertilization on male and female reproductive tactics - in brief, "Mommy's babies, Daddy's maybes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When writer-director Ken Scott and his writing partner Martin Petit began working on the script for "Starbuck," a 2011 hit in Canada that opens in the U.S. on Friday, they were worried no one would buy the premise of a habitual sperm donor who discovers years later he is the father of 150 children. "Each day we would come in to write thinking it is too much," said Scott, 42, who was a member of a comedy sketch troupe before turning to screenwriting (2003's "Seducing Dr. Lewis") and directing (2009's "Sticky Fingers")
NATIONAL
January 26, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can "produce unplanned and unintended offspring," opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court. By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, "substantial advance planning is required," said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans. This unusual defense of traditional marriage was set out last week in a pair of opening legal briefs in the two gay marriage cases to be decided by the Supreme Court this spring.
SCIENCE
October 5, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Reaching a long-sought milestone, Japanese researchers have demonstrated in mice that eggs and sperm can be grown from stem cells and combined to produce healthy offspring, pointing to new treatments for infertility. If the achievement can be repeated in humans - and experts said they are optimistic that such efforts will ultimately succeed - the technique could make it easier for women in their 30s or 40s to become mothers. It could also help men and women whose reproductive organs have been damaged by cancer treatments or other causes.
SCIENCE
October 3, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
The children of mothers who have hypertension during pregnancy score lower on IQ tests 20 and 68 years after birth, according to a new study. The report, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, is the first to draw a connection between high blood pressure during pregnancy and adult intelligence. Hypertension during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth and small body size, which in turn have been connected to deficits in cognitive abilities. But hypertension itself had yet to be connected directly to intelligence, a gap this study attempts to fill in. The research, conducted in Finland, used data collected as part of a survey called the Helsinki Birth Cohort.
NEWS
December 24, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
As they say, you are what you eat. And if you’re a mouse, you’re also what your father ate. So say researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Texas at Austin. In a study published this week in the journal Cell, they report that a father’s diet influences how metabolic genes function in his offspring. The research team fed some male mice a normal diet, while other mice got a low-protein diet. All the males mated with females who ate the same healthy diet.
NEWS
July 28, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pregnant scorpion that escaped from a Scottish magician's van during a bungled robbery is missing and could produce scores of poisonous offspring if it is not found soon. Police said they have identified the stretch of beach in the popular eastern Costa Brava resort of El Puig where they think the African scorpion is hiding and may have to fumigate the restricted area to kill it.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Palladium The Offspring, Oct. 5 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Vicente Fernandez, Nov. 11; K-Earth 101 Fantasy Fest, Oct. 21 (Fri.) The Wiltern Joss Stone, Oct. 24 (Fri.) Club Nokia  TYGA, Sept. 4; Odd Future's Flog Gnaw Carnival, Sept. 30 (now); Nouvelle Vague, Oct. 13 (Fri.) Fonda Theatre Mika, Oct. 21 (Fri.); Peaches DJ Extravaganza, Oct. 20 (Sat.)
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Men who become fathers later in life pass on more brand-new genetic mutations to their offspring, a study has found - probably contributing to disorders such as autism and schizophrenia in the next generation. The finding, published online Wednesday in the journal Nature , buttresses earlier observations that rates of autism and some other disorders are more prevalent in children born of older fathers, sometimes by a factor of two or more, experts said. Though this has been observed for years from population studies, scientists had not known what lay behind it. The new research, made possible by recent advances in DNA-sequencing technology, also should help correct an overemphasis on the riskiness of women giving birth at older ages, some researchers said.
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