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December 16, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading maker of vitamins and herbal supplements said Wednesday that it will pay $78 million to acquire Met-Rx Nutrition Inc., the Irvine nutrition company accused of failing to disclose the health risks of testosterone boosters like those formerly used by slugger Mark McGwire. Rexall Sundown Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., said the transaction, part of a strategy to broaden its products, is expected to boost its earnings next year.
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December 16, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading maker of vitamins and herbal supplements said Wednesday that it will pay $78 million to acquire Met-Rx Nutrition Inc., the Irvine nutrition company accused of failing to disclose the health risks of testosterone boosters like those formerly used by slugger Mark McGwire. Rexall Sundown Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., said the transaction, part of a strategy to broaden its products, is expected to boost its earnings next year.
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February 18, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK
Experts from the medical community, vitamin users and officials from the Food and Drug Administration will meet in Ventura today to debate the wisdom of regulating dietary supplements. During the next few months, strict new FDA regulations are scheduled to take effect to control over-the-counter sale of certain supplements and vitamins. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) who is leading a congressional effort to overturn the new regulations, has organized today's public hearing.
NEWS
April 25, 1991
Mazon, the Los Angeles-based organization that calls itself "a Jewish response to hunger," has announced a $100,000 grant for Kurdish refugee relief. The grant, which will go to Operation USA (also L.A.-based and formerly called Operation California), will go toward purchase of food supplements and vitamins, antibiotics, water purification tablets and oral rehydration packets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Health activists and local residents packed a hearing conducted by Rep. Elton Gallegly in Ventura on Friday to oppose new regulations on dietary supplements and vitamins. The Simi Valley Republican is the co-author of pending legislation to head off the new rules, which are scheduled to go into effect in July. Opponents of the regulations say they would restrict the availability of supplements and in some cases eliminate them from the marketplace.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Herbalife Ltd. Chief Executive Michael Johnson said the company has had "short discussions" with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who last week disclosed that he had purchased 13% of the company's stock and would consider efforts to take the company private. Johnson, speaking to analysts in a conference call Wednesday morning, did not elaborate. "Yes, we've had short discussions with Mr. Icahn but beyond that nothing concrete to discuss," Johnson said. Icahn and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman have engaged in a public battle about the value of Herbalife, a Los Angeles maker of weight loss and nutritional products.
SPORTS
June 2, 1989 | PAUL McLEOD, Times Staff Writer
The Ben Johnson steroid controversy, unfolding daily in Canada, has focused an international spotlight on drug testing. Yet how many people know what a test for banned substances consists of? Even some of the contestants for Saturday's Southern California Natural Body Building Championships at the Aviation Center in Redondo Beach weren't all that sure what to expect of their mandatory tests. At worst, most thought they would be asked to give blood or urine samples. Neither would do, according to promoter Pete Samra, the 1980 Natural Mr. USA. Samra, once a steroid user, chose the polygraph.
NATIONAL
November 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hormone supplements and antioxidant vitamins showed no heart benefits in older women who already had heart disease, according to yet another study that casts doubt on some long-held assumptions about both treatments. In fact, heart disease also appeared to progress more quickly in women who took hormones, high doses of vitamins E and C, or both, for nearly three years than in those on dummy pills. The finding was not statistically significant, but the researchers said the trend was worrisome.
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July 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
The American Heart Assn. has updated its guidelines for preventing heart attacks and strokes, listing secondhand smoke as a risk factor for the first time and recommending that people get screened for risk factors beginning at age 20. Also, a daily dose of aspirin, previously recommended only for those who have already had heart attacks and strokes, is now suggested for people who have been found to have at least a 10% risk of a heart attack in the next decade.
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October 22, 1992 | JEFF KRAMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Where else but the Los Angeles Westside could an 18-year incumbent congressman--a nationally esteemed authority on health and environmental issues--walk into the heart of his district and get assailed for his stand on dietary supplements and herbal remedies? Such was the case Tuesday night as Democrat Henry Waxman, running for reelection in the 29th District, debated two of his challengers, Republican Mark Robbins and independent David Davis.
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