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June 16, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of heart disease, so kicking the habit is presumably heart-healthy. But take note if you are trying to quit using the drug Chantix: The FDA announced Thursday that, for people who already have heart disease, the drug might be associated with a small risk of heart attack or other heart condition. The new warning comes from a 700-person trial in which patients who took Chantix (varenicline) over 12 weeks were more likely to experience an adverse heart event after one year than those who received a placebo.
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SCIENCE
June 28, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
For military personnel sent to war zones, seeing killing, maiming or dead bodies dramatically increases the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. But researchers studying service members deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have identified another factor that may raise the risk of those psychiatric conditions by almost the same degree: a history of insomnia. In a study published Friday in the journal Sleep, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found that sleep problems before deployment at least doubled the risk for PTSD and quadrupled it for depression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa is "no risk at this point," according to Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector Keith Mora. As of Friday morning, the fire was 95% contained and firefighters are expecting full containment soon, he added. "They're pretty much done with mop up," Mora said, adding that all crews need to do is ensure the remaining 5% of lines, which are in rocky terrain, are set.  The 268-acre Madre fire started Monday in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39. Meanwhile, the Sierra fire in Cajon Pass also appears to be nearing its end and is 80% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
SCIENCE
December 12, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Up to a fifth of U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home with a blast-related concussion or post-traumatic stress disorder - or both. A study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry helps detail the relationship between the two conditions. Marines who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries while deployed were roughly twice as likely to get PTSD, researchers found. One likely explanation is that the bomb blasts, the most common cause of brain injuries during the wars, are psychologically traumatizing as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1995
So now our public servants and advisers are trying to decide if Mr. (John M.W.) Moorlach and his staff are competent "to handle the $5-billion portfolio" of Orange County ("Adviser Urges Outside Money Manager for Now," April 7). That is a whole lot of money and caution is necessary in its investing. My concern is that the skill being sought is how to "maximize" return while "minimizing" risk. A noteworthy goal for any private investor, but this is public money for which, in my opinion, the guiding principle must be "minimize risk," period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1994
I am concerned not only about the NEXRAD radar tower, which has been built in my community, but for all communities where the National Weather Service has built or is planning to build these radar towers. There is a great debate among scientists concerning the health risks involved with chronic exposure to microwave radiation. I'm worried that the government is partaking in another project that has not been researched with enough accuracy or care to protect the health and lives of our children and families.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
TAMPA, Fla. - Nearly 32 years have passed since a Republican ousted a Democratic president. Now Mitt Romney is trying to pull it off in much the same way that Ronald Reagan did. The newly anointed Republican nominee, echoing Reagan, says his presidency would bring not just a revival of America's moribund economy, but also a repair of its self-image, "the feeling we'll have that our country's back," as one Romney TV ad puts it. Romney also on...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2012 | By Connie Stewart, Los Angeles Times
Who knew yoga could be so dangerous? Or is the risk overblown? A woman falls asleep in seated forward fold and damages both sciatic nerves. A man sits on his heels for hours (over a period of days or weeks) and deadens nerves in his lower legs. A woman practices Kapalbhati — forceful exhaling — and collapses a lung. A woman attempting the wheel — essentially, making the body arc like a croquet wicket — balances on her head, bends her neck backward and suffers a stroke. Author William J. Broad, a yogi since 1970 and the chief science writer for the New York Times, remains devoted to the practice.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2002
How can anyone be surprised by cooked books, artificially inflated stock prices and illegal disbursements if you just glance at the risk-reward ratio for corporate executives ["Reports Detail Big Payments by Global Crossing," June 17]? Gary Winnick is accused of all of the above and pulls out hundreds of millions from Global Crossing Ltd. What is his risk? The worst-case, extremely remote risk to him could be a year or two in a federal country club prison where he can work on his tennis game.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2003
Thank you for including "Navigating the Labyrinth of Life in Fez" [Dec. 14]. It is important for people to hear about the enormous rewards a journey like Terry Ward's provides. I spent the summer of 2002 in a six-week intensive Arabic language program at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Like Ward, I found the rewards far outweighed the perceived risk of traveling to the Arab world. Venturing beyond the bombardment of headlines depicting anti-Americanism in the Arab world allowed me to make my own assessment.
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