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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)
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.
April 20, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Calcium supplements appear to slightly raise the risk of heart attack, a new analysis suggests. But the data, from postmenopausal women who took supplements over seven years, are far from conclusive. So don’t throw out the multivitamins just yet – or those calcium supplements that many women take for bone health. Not all doctors are convinced that this study, led by the University of Auckland, is the last word on calcium supplements. Or that it changes the debate at all. The results from previous studies of calcium and heart attack risk, including ones from the same research team, have been widely criticized.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
January 15, 1995
Once again the whine of "we didn't know there was risk" is being raised by those who invested in Lloyd's of London ("Lloyds's of London Under Fire," Jan. 9). Any schoolchild knows that Lloyd's of London was built on insuring things no one else would touch. For someone to put money into the pool expecting a return, no doubt higher than a bank CD, then profess to be under the impression that they were not subject to risk is totally unbelievable. All these investors should quit whining or they should just stuff their money in a can and bury it in the back yard.
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