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June 29, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Who hasn't heard of mad cow disease? Maybe there are a lot more diseases like that than we recognize -- such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's  -- that are caused by a rogue, mis-folded piece of protein that seeds other bits of protein to mis-fold as well. So argues Stanley Prusiner, a UC San Francisco professor, in a commentary in the journal Science. Prusiner won a Nobel Prize for finding that a class of neurodegenerative diseases (of which mad cow is one)
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SCIENCE
March 24, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Between vaccine refusal, drug resistant strains of bacteria, and the growing ranks of the immuno-compromised, it sometimes seems that we humans are losing our brief moment of superiority in the unending arms race against pathogens. But a new technique has shown remarkable promise in mice infected with deadly forms of meningitis and pneumonia, and may point the way to regaining the upper hand against a wide range of infections. A genetically reengineered version of an immune system protein called properdin appears to activate a robust immune response against invading pathogens, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS.
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NEWS
September 24, 2010
"Cheap protein" sounds like something you buy from a shady character in a raincoat, but it's right there in the grocery store. The Chicago Tribune reports that in recent years Americans have never paid less for food, with meat singled out as a particularly cheap source of protein. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 46 grams of protein per day for women 19 to 70-plus years old and 56 grams of protein per day for men of the same age. (Read the CDC chart on recommended grams per day by age and sex in "Nutrition for Everyone.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Consuming high levels of protein - particularly animal protein - is a bad strategy if you're at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one's diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life. An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein.
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October 18, 2011 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Emily Zaler's business card should probably read "mad scientist. " When the personal trainer is not putting clients through their paces up and down the famed Santa Monica stairs or working out herself, she's making a mess in her Los Angeles kitchen. There, she modifies recipes that are normally filled with unhealthy fat, sugar and carbs using her favorite secret ingredient: Whey protein powder. Her recipe catalog includes fudge, blueberry crepes, almond butter cookies, sweet potato muffins and more.
NEWS
July 7, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
A sunburn’s hot and aching soreness is difficult to ease, even after slathering on aloe vera, and especially when tossing and turning at night. Now researchers say they’ve found a protein responsible for this inflammatory pain. Targeting this molecule could eventually lead to new ways to relieve not only soreness from too much time at the beach but also other types of chronic pain. To reach their conclusion, researchers burned tiny patches of skin on human volunteers with UVB light (the type of radiation classically associated with skin cancer)
SCIENCE
March 24, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Between vaccine refusal, drug resistant strains of bacteria, and the growing ranks of the immuno-compromised, it sometimes seems that we humans are losing our brief moment of superiority in the unending arms race against pathogens. But a new technique has shown remarkable promise in mice infected with deadly forms of meningitis and pneumonia, and may point the way to regaining the upper hand against a wide range of infections. A genetically reengineered version of an immune system protein called properdin appears to activate a robust immune response against invading pathogens, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The long-running "Got Milk?" slogan promoting milk consumption in the U.S. has been nixed. The  Milk Processor Education Program, funded by milk processors, has launched a  new ad campaign that aims to emphasize milk's protein content to get Americans to drink more milk. Rather than feature celebrities sporting milk mustaches, the new ad campaign -- "Milk Life" -- touts milk's nutritional qualities and urges Americans to drink more of it in the morning. In one ad, a young man is shown break dancing amid a swirl of milk, and the text reads: "What 8 grams of protein looks like when you're breaking the laws of physics.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1999 | John O'Dell
Eye-care-products maker Allergan Inc. said it will pay up to $11 million to license a bacteria-fighting protein from biopharmaceuticals maker Xoma Ltd. for use in a family of eye-infection treatments. Xoma, which is based in Berkeley, said Irvine's Allergan will make a series of licensing payments as development and sales goals are reached. Allergan also will pay development costs for future products and royalties from sales of products containing the anti-bacterial protein, which Xoma will manufacture for Allergan.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Eating excess calories will add extra pounds, but eat too little protein and you could be putting more fat on your body, a study suggests. The study, released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , looked at how three diets with different protein contents influenced weight gain and body composition. Those findings may have larger implications for combating obesity. Researchers, led by Dr. George Bray of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana,  put 25 people age 18 to 35 on a weight maintenance diet for 13 to 25 days.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The long-running "Got Milk?" slogan promoting milk consumption in the U.S. has been nixed. The  Milk Processor Education Program, funded by milk processors, has launched a  new ad campaign that aims to emphasize milk's protein content to get Americans to drink more milk. Rather than feature celebrities sporting milk mustaches, the new ad campaign -- "Milk Life" -- touts milk's nutritional qualities and urges Americans to drink more of it in the morning. In one ad, a young man is shown break dancing amid a swirl of milk, and the text reads: "What 8 grams of protein looks like when you're breaking the laws of physics.
SCIENCE
October 31, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The search for an HIV vaccine has taken an important step forward after researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla managed to capture molecular images of a protein spike that allows the deadly virus to invade human immune cells to hack their genetic code. The ability to control and analyze that shape-shifting envelope trimer protein, which has evaded the best efforts of biochemistry for more than a decade, could offer researchers the ability to see whether they can induce natural antibodies to attack the virus' most vulnerable spot, a crucial step toward engineering a vaccine.
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October 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
We've been checking out the many energy and snack bars on the market, and it seems there are plenty of choices for people who need or want to avoid gluten. Some of them announce it on the front of the label; others require closer reading of the nutrition information. For people who don't eat gluten by choice, there are lots of bars that don't include wheat, rye or barley as an ingredient but warn the bars are made in facilities that might house those products. That's important information for people with celiac disease -- even a small bit of gluten can make them sick.
HEALTH
October 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Sell your oven. Empty your cupboards. There's no need for a mixer or food processor. Keep the fridge for drinks, and maybe the blender. Eating has never been easier. The trick? Bars, bars and more bars. Vegan, chocolate, gluten-free, low-glycemic, raw, sugar-free, nutty, crunchy, gooey, for kids, for weightlifters, familiar old granola bars. Packed with protein, fiber, super-fruits - even some with sugar and fat. Bars for pregnant women, and the YaffBar that's for you and your mutt to share.
SCIENCE
September 9, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The quadrillion synaptic connections among the neurons of a human brain ought to be enough to intimidate a researcher trying to delve into the mystery of thought, emotion and action. Molecular biologists Thomas Sudhof and Richard Scheller were apparently undaunted, and focused on a small but crucial part of the neurons. In the process, they managed to unlock the molecular mystery of the chemical communication that ties together this vast network of electrochemically firing cells into the most sophisticated computer on Earth.
HEALTH
August 24, 2013 | Rene Lynch
A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it. The rugged 2,650-mile trail runs from the border of Mexico to Canada, crossing some of the most scenic wilderness in the world. It's a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for hikers, many of whom cover the distance in chunks over the course of several years. And then there are endurance athletes such as Garrett, 30, of Pacific Palisades, who tackled it all at once.
NEWS
November 22, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Eggs have been the subject of high-profile recalls this summer over E.coli concerns. Now one cereal company is trying to elbow them off the breakfast table. In a new marketing campaign, Kashi claims some of its breakfast cereals have as much protein as an egg. This Allentown Morning Call story says that's nothing to brag about, given the average egg has just 6 grams of protein. "When you consider that a half of a breast of chicken contains about 30 protein grams, the egg doesn't seem like a particularly protein-rich food," the story says.
FOOD
July 15, 2009 | Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: Have you ever tasted the muffins at Mani's Bakery on Fairfax Avenue? They are huge, delicious, healthful and so satisfying. There is a particular favorite of mine, a high protein muffin that, when eaten, makes one glow inside and feel healthy all day. Do you think they would share the recipe for home baking? Thank you. Shirley Shapiro Los Angeles Dear Shirley: These generously sized muffins pack a medley of flavors and textures in every bite.
SCIENCE
August 14, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
By the light of day, the two transgenic baby rabbits look no different from their non-transgenic siblings -- white, fluffy and very cute. But put the whole litter under a black light, and you'll know exactly which two bunnies are special. They'll be glowing bright , fluorescent green. (For daylight and black-light shots of the transgenic rabbits and their littermates, see the photo gallery above). The glowing bunnies were born this month in a lab at the University of Istanbul.
HEALTH
August 2, 2013 | By Judy Mandell
Joseph J. Colella has performed more than 4,000 weight-loss surgeries. But the bariatric surgeon at St. Margaret's Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center would like to keep people from needing the OR by finding practical strategies to keep obesity at bay. We talked with him about fiber. Is a high-fiber diet important for weight loss? The conventional wisdom is that a diet high in fiber is important for weight loss and overall weight management. While there is some general truth to this, the reality is that the priority of a high-fiber diet in the weight loss solution is far from the top of the list.
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