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May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
March 23, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
For three decades, alcoholics and addicts sought sobriety in the desert at the famed Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. But in recent years, the best-known name in substance abuse recovery lost much of its luster as internal strife, competition from luxury rehab centers and industry turmoil took their toll. All that led to the once-unimaginable takeover of the center last month by the Hazelden Foundation, another addiction treatment pioneer. Now Hazelden, a Minnesota nonprofit, is looking to preserve the former first lady's legacy with an ambitious expansion in Southern California and beyond.
June 9, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The mercury preservative used in some vaccines can cause behavioral abnormalities in newborn mice characteristic of autism, but only in mice with a specific genetic susceptibility, Columbia University researchers report today. The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines.
March 14, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The "Preservation Report Card" assigns an F to 51 cities and all of the county's unincorporated communities - some that made no effort to save their historic places since the group's last county-wide assessment was completed six years ago. Conservancy leaders said some newer communities mistakenly believe they have no historic preservation resources while officials of other communities have delayed creating programs because of budget cuts tied to the recession.
January 26, 2009 | associated press
A new study from Italy adds more evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn't hurt children. In the early 1990s, thousands of healthy Italian babies in a study of whooping cough vaccines got two different amounts of the preservative thimerosal from all their routine shots. Ten years later, 1,403 of those children took a battery of brain function tests.
June 23, 1985
The Food and Drug Administration has warned California consumers that Lehmann Farms and Aslesens brands of pickled mushrooms contain undisclosed sulfite preservatives that could cause allergic reactions in some individuals. The agency said the products are Lehmann Farms Pickled Mushrooms, Marinated Mushrooms, Smoked Mushrooms, Curry Mushrooms and Horseradish Mushrooms and Aslesens Banquet Table Pickled Mushrooms.
December 20, 1988
The Food and Drug Administration, dismissing the concerns of consumer groups, said current restrictions on sulfite preservatives in food are strong enough and further steps are unwarranted. In comments published in the Federal Register, the FDA took the position that all remaining uses of sulfites in foods are generally safe as long as the sulfites are declared on food labels.
The stuffed pepper entree from Huxtable's Kitchen is what most people would call fresh: It hasn't been frozen and the peppers are still firm, bright red and sweet in their package. But this meal could have been sitting on the supermarket shelf for close to a month.
May 12, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details . Johnson & Johnson is recalling a drug over an unpleasant odor … again. Janssen, a unit of J&J, recalled four batches of the HIV/AIDS drug Prezista on Wednesday after four customers reported a musty smell. The recall is for 400 mg and 600 mg doses of the drug, the company said in a recall announcement , sent to Britain, Ireland, Germany and Austria. A similar recall occurred last month:  Another Johnson & Johnson unit recalled 57,000 bottles of Topamax , an anti-seizure drug, in April over complaints of the foul odor.
August 21, 1987 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
In a ruling that appeared to displease both consumer groups and growers, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday lifted a ban on the sale of table grapes with sulfite residues in excess of 10 parts per million or more but said the fruit must be identified with stem tags or posted warning signs at produce counters.
March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
March 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
March 1, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine. It was too cold, and the last thing a Canadian farm girl wanted in California was cold. Even so, Natalie Kotsch was intrigued by surfing culture, in love with the town that calls itself Surf City, and unrelenting in her drive to establish a museum devoted to the sport. Kotsch, an effervescent real estate broker who grew up more than 600 miles from the nearest ocean and never swam, much less surfed, in the Pacific, died Feb. 20 at her home in Huntington Beach.
February 28, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons.  The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how they interacted, and what diseases they fought, the authors write. "I feel like we discovered a time capsule that has been right under our noses this whole time," said Christina Warinner, a molecular anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma and the lead author of the study.
February 19, 2014 | By Amina Khan
When facing oncoming floodwaters, ants use their helpless babies as floating life-preservers - by sticking them at the very bottom of the life rafts that they build with their own bodies. The findings, described in a paper published in PLOS One, reveal that ant-rafts have a fascinating internal structure - one that maximizes the group's buoyancy and thus, their chances of survival. But it does so by putting the young ant brood at the very bottom of the boat, exposed to hungry fish and the potential risk of drowning.
February 17, 2014 | By Paul Richter
JAKARTA, Indonesia - U.S. diplomats preparing for a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran this week are pondering an important question: How can they make the Iranians feel like the winners? The U.S. team and diplomats from five other nations sit down with Iran on Tuesday in Vienna to begin bargaining on what could be a historic agreement to prevent the Islamic Republic from gaining a bomb-making capability. An atmosphere of high anticipation surrounds the talks, which are expected to continue for six months to a year, and possibly longer.
October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Hormel Foods Corp. and Cargill Inc. told Washington lawmakers that using carbon monoxide to make aging meat look fresh cut waste and was safe, and that concerns from consumer groups were unwarranted. Although the Food and Drug Administration says the treatment is safe, food-safety activists say it's deceptive. "We're making sure the shelf life of that product can be realized for ourselves and our customers," Scott Eilert, vice president for research and development for Wichita, Kan.
July 24, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Scientists are working on a safe-to-eat, nearly invisible coating made from milk that could dramatically extend the shelf life of fruit and vegetables, the California Agriculture Department announced last week. Chemist Attila E. Pavlath of the department said that in tests of an experimental coating made from the milk protein casein, small pieces of sliced and peeled apple dipped in the coating stayed fresh for several days while unprotected pieces shriveled and turned brown within a few hours.
February 12, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Laugh all you want at those old public-access television clips of the late Dr. Gene Scott, the eccentric televangelist who sometimes wore two pairs of glasses at once and shouted at viewers to "Get on the telephone!" whenever his fundraising totals ebbed. He and his Los Angeles Universal Cathedral, operating from the 1927 United Artists Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, turned out to be surprisingly good friends to historic preservation. And say what you will about the quixotic plan hatched in 2000 by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood to turn the Forum, once home to Magic Johnson's "Showtime" Lakers and Wayne Gretzky's Kings, into a thriving combination of mega-church and high-end arena.
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
For some children in Syria, the civil war is a particular kind of hell. The details of a United Nations report released last week are chilling and gut-wrenching, and go far beyond the kind of civilian slaughter that accompanies shelling of residential neighborhoods - a reproachable hallmark of the fighting in that country. Despite encountering significant hurdles in reaching witnesses, U.N. investigators documented cases in which children as young as 11 were subjected to sexual attacks, their fingernails being pulled, electric shocks to genitalia and beatings.
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