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July 26, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
There's more reason to worry (about yourself, that is) if Dad had a heart attack than if he had a stroke, researchers have found. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, scientists at the University of Oxford in England showed that people are more likely to inherit the risk of having a heart attack than the risk of having a stroke. The team looked at data collected in England from 906 patients who'd suffered acute heart ailments such as a heart attack and 1,105 patients with acute cerebral events, which include stroke and transient ischemic attack (or mini-stroke)
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TRAVEL
April 27, 2008
My husband and I just returned from Israel and Egypt, and I want to shout from the rooftops that we had been misled about the risk of visiting these countries. We never felt afraid. The visible security in both countries is quite reassuring. I encourage people to relax and not be afraid to travel. Mona Shafer Edwards Los Angeles
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Heart patients who used common pain relievers called NSAIDs even briefly are at much higher risk of having a repeat heart attack or of dying than those who stay away from the drugs, which include such widely used over-the-counter medications as ibuprofen and naproxen, a new study concludes. The research, published Tuesday in the American Heart Assn.'s journal, Circulation , suggests that for patients who have suffered a heart attack, even short-term use of NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for headaches, back pain or sore muscles and joints is a bad idea.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora was preaching team play to the Bruins before practice and to the media afterward. His shining example? Former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, whom Mora knows. Mora said he showed a video about Bill Russell to the Bruins because Russell was, in Mora's opinion, “the greatest winner of team sports. He played 21 years of organized basketball and won 18 championships. Everything about him was about the team, the team winning.” Sorry, Jim, the Lakers-heavy fan base in Los Angeles stopped listening as soon as you said “Bill Russell.” ALSO: Bob Cantu officially an assistant for Tim Floyd at UTEP Sounds of silence for Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators Tim Tebow rally flops in Jacksonville, but Russia still wants him
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.
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...
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.
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