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February 12, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Mothers who took folic acid supplements around the time they became pregnant were less likely to have children with an autism spectrum disorder, a new study has found. Researchers in Norway examined health records of more than 85,000 children born there between 1999 and 2009 to see whether they had some kind of autism diagnosis. They also looked at questionnaires completed by their mothers to see how much folic acid they were consuming in the month before they became pregnant and during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a critical period of embryonic brain development.
November 27, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A lexicographer says she has found that thousands of words have been deleted from the Oxford English Dictionary by one of its former editors. Sarah Ogilvie's " Words of the World ," which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, claims that the words were removed for being overly foreign. For logophiles, this is a tragedy (a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster). "This is really shocking. If a word gets into the OED, it never leaves. If it becomes obsolete, we put a dagger beside it, but it never leaves," Ogilvie told the Guardian . The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
January 20, 1987
How can anyone take a stand against reading? Magazine articles and books decry illiteracy in America. This is the decade in which we are called to become a nation of readers. Yet at this time Deukmejian wants to cut the Miller-Unruh Reading Program in elementary schools. Does he need to be reminded of the value of reading? It is the survival skill of society. It opens doors for everyone to participate more fully in life. It is the ennobling talent that allows us to rise beyond ourselves and above our circumstances.
January 18, 1987
Congratulations on Harry Bernstein's Dec. 31 column ("Greyhound Sale: Good News or Bad News for Workers?"). The entire article was of interest to me, but it was the final part (regarding unions that have joined with tobacco companies in criticizing studies on the health effects of smoking) that most interested me. I am a 78-year-old retired UAW aircraft worker and a recovered--I hope--smoker. I've been "clean" since 1960. Because of my own past health problems, I have become something of an activist against tobacco and other harmful substances, and I've brought my health problems under control through a revamped diet and food supplements.
November 12, 1986
When Bryan Dameworth of Agoura ran a 15:32 at the Southern Section cross-country preliminaries on Saturday, he established himself as a co-favorite for the 2-A title with defending champion Chris Lugo of Valencia and Walnut sophomore Scott Hempel. Dameworth became the fastest in the division and set a freshman course record. His time also was 20.9 seconds faster than he ran at the Mt. SAC Invitational two weeks earlier. He said a front-running race tactic and better health made the difference.
August 9, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER
David Ortiz is the best clutch hitter in baseball, a slugger whose success under pressure led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances and two World Series titles in the last six seasons. Ortiz came up in another pressure situation Saturday at Yankee Stadium. But this time he whiffed. Ten days after the New York Times reported Ortiz's name was on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, 10 days after pledging not to "hide" or "make excuses," Ortiz essentially did both.
December 12, 2010 | By Karen Stabiner
The Institute of Medicine recently upended the health apple cart with a new study that says we don't need as much calcium or vitamin D as we've been told. In fact, taking the kind of megadose that makes you feel virtuous and keeps the supplement industry healthy can lead to kidney stones, with calcium, and kidney or heart damage, with D. If that sounds alarmist, let me quote directly from the Institute of Medicine's statement, which says that "some signals suggest there are greater risks of death and chronic disease associated with long-term high vitamin D intake.
September 29, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
For those of us not blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire, the notion of taking a dance class might not appeal. But Alice Alyse, a dancer and choreographer who is the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet South, says that even the clumsiest among us can benefit from cutting a rug for an hour or so. In fact, says Alyse, dance comes naturally to everyone, regardless of how pretty we look doing it. Here, she talks about what...
July 9, 2007
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the supplement nitric oxide? Richard Sunland Nitric oxide is a gas naturally found in the body; its function is conveying information between cells. One of its main jobs is increasing blood flow by dilating blood vessels, and that's why it's sometimes given in supplement form to heart patients, orally and intravenously. In at least one study it's been shown to be effective for lowering blood pressure.
Robert Cummings, the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show," died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Cummings, 80, died of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia, hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson said. The actor, who also was in advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 18.
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