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August 24, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
For patients with high levels of so-called bad cholesterol, doctors routinely reach for two remedies: cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and a diet that cuts out foods high in saturated fat, such as ice cream, red meat and butter. But new research has found that when it comes to lowering artery-clogging cholesterol, what you eat may be more important than what you don't eat. Released online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the study found that incorporating several cholesterol-lowering foods — such as soy protein and nuts — into a diet can reduce bad cholesterol far more effectively than a diet low in saturated fat. In fact, the authors assert, levels of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, can drop to half that seen by many patients who take statins, sold under such names as Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor.
August 12, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
As a kid, fifth-generation Argentine cattleman Mario Caceres often dressed up in a beret, bandanna and baggy pants called chiripas to emulate his country's gauchos, the nomadic cowboys who once ruled the Pampas and who still symbolize rugged independence, chivalry and expert horsemanship. His head full of the romantic tradition of the gaucho, glorified in songs and the epic poem "El Gaucho Martin Fierro," Caceres built a successful ranching business that once totaled 1,600 head of Angus, one of the breeds that made the name "Argentina" synonymous with beef.
August 8, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Soy tablets do little to stave off bone loss among menopausal women, according to new research.  Women taking soy supplements also reported more hot flashes andconstipation. After the landmark Women's Health Initiative showed that hormone replacement therapy carried health risks , many women gravitated toward soy products as a safer alternative because soy is rich in isoflavones, so-called “dietary estrogens.” Western women were also encouraged by studies that showed that their Asian counterparts, who eat a soy-rich diet, have lower rates of bone fractures, breast cancer andcardiovascular disease.
July 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Strike another blow for refined carbs: A study released today finds that soy and milk protein supplements may be associated with lower blood pressure more than refined carbohydrate supplements. The study, published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn. , put 352 adults who were at risk for high blood pressure or who had mild hypertension on various rounds of supplements. The participants were given 40 grams of powdered soy, milk or refined complex carb supplements daily for eight weeks, and had their blood pressure taken at various intervals during the trial.
April 8, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
Eugenio Derbez brings to mind the late Dudley Moore. He's diminutive, not classically handsome but attractive with a wistful air that's crucial to the success of "No Eres Tú, Soy Yo" (It's Not You, It's Me), a jaunty, clever comedy that is as rueful as it is romantic. Its distributor is targeting Spanish-speaking audiences at selected theaters throughout Southern California, but the film's appeal is universal. It has a much lighter, breezier touch than most of its Hollywood counterparts; it's sexy without being crass, easy and relaxed rather than slick.
April 6, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Breast cancer survivors needn't worry about eating soy, according to a new study presented at the American Assn. for Cancer Research in Orlando this week. Fears that the isoflavone chemicals found in soy -- which have estrogen-like properties -- might raise the risk of cancer recurrence seem unfounded. The conclusion comes from a large study compiling data from more than 18,000 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer; an average of nine years after diagnosis, no statistical difference was seen between groups of women who ate a lot of soy and those who ate very little, both with regard to either recurrence of the cancers or death.
December 29, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Univision Communications is becoming a potent rival to English-language networks, which have long dominated prime-time viewership. The Spanish-language television broadcaster said Tuesday that its program "Soy Tu Duena" was its most watched telenovela ever, finishing its six-month run with a final episode that drew more than 7.3 million viewers Monday night. Since its launch in June, "Soy Tu Duena," which Univision translates as "Woman of Steel," has pulled in an average of 5.4 million viewers per episode, often generating bigger audiences than programs aired by such formidable English-language TV networks as Fox and NBC. The Univision telenovela , or soap opera, revolves around the travails of a scorned woman, once left at the altar, who vows never to love again until she falls for a man she accidentally shot.
December 9, 2009 | By Shari Roan
Soy foods do not appear to increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence among survivors of the disease and may even confer some health benefits, new research suggests. The study, published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., should reassure breast cancer survivors that they need not scrupulously avoid soy foods, which have become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years. Research in animals has indicated that soy might increase the chances of breast cancer recurrence because it can act like the hormone estrogen, which promotes tumor growth.
October 19, 2009 | Elena Conis
Full-fat, low-fat or skim? Used to be, there weren't many choices to make over what to pour on your cereal. But the number of alternatives to cow's milk -- soy, goat's, hemp milk, more -- has steadily grown. Each has its fans: those who swear by goat's milk's creamy texture or who love almond milk's subtle, nutty flavor. But when it comes to nutrition, there's no clear winner. Cow's milk is a good source of protein but can be high in saturated fats. Hemp milk offers little protein but is rich in certain essential fatty acids.
July 1, 2009
Total time: 1 hour, plus cooling time for the sauce Servings: 6 Note: This can be served for lunch or as an appetizer. The noodles take less than 3 minutes to cook, so have all the condiments ready to go before you cook the noodles. If you want more condiments, you can add shredded chicken and other julienned vegetables suggested in the recipe for iced somen with chicken and vegetables. Bonito flakes (dried tuna flakes), myoga root, shiso leaves, pickled plums, shichimi and sansho pepper, wasabi paste, somen noodles and kizami nori can be found at Japanese markets.
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