November 22, 1998 |
The phone is ringing, bosses are hovering and the deadline is just about here. You can't prioritize, your muscles are tense, and all you can think about is how awful it all is. If only you could escape, maybe you could get it all together. Companies including Bethesda, Md.-based Acacia Life Insurance Co. and New York City's PT & Co. realized a need for mending the worker's soul, and both provide that escape in the form of a meditation room.
May 2, 2005 |
Banaba is the Tagalog name for the tree dubbed "pride of India" (more scientifically known as Lagerstroemia speciosa). The purple-flowered tree grows in tropical parts of the Americas, India and the Philippines, where it's used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes. The tree's glossy leaves contain high levels of colosolic acid, a plant chemical that reputedly lowers blood sugar levels.
October 11, 1990 |
In the Armenian community, putting parents in an old-age home is tantamount to abandoning them. Yet a Southland Armenian organization, Ararat Home of Los Angeles Inc., is running a convalescent hospital that ranks among the best in the nation. What's going on here? In general, Armenians and many other ethnic groups feel it is the responsibility of the parents to care for their children until old age incapacitates them; then the roles reverse, and the children do the parenting.
July 25, 1990 |
Vincent van Gogh, whose artistic brilliance and supposed madness have made him a focus of popular fascination, suffered not from epilepsy or insanity but from an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and ringing ears, a new analysis of his letters suggests. The authors of the study, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
November 25, 2002 |
With warnings that hormone replacement therapy may be unsafe for long-term use, women are turning to natural remedies for relief from menopausal symptoms. The most popular supplement, an herb called black cohosh, was used by Native Americans for kidney ailments, malaria and women's reproductive problems. White American settlers learned of it in the 1800s; it was the key mystery ingredient in the popular, turn-of-the-century Vegetable Compound tonic.
October 20, 2008 |
Laurie Gray's mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 41, more than 30 years ago. For Gray, a Brentwood attorney, a cloud of concern lingered over her own health. She's 52 now, and a few years ago, she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene. Shortly afterward, she had her breasts and ovaries removed as a precaution. For women with the gene, the risk of ovarian cancer spikes from a 1 in 70 chance to as high as a 6 in 10 chance. "Their risk goes up hugely," says Dr. Carmel J.
January 8, 2007 |
A skin patch relieved symptoms of people with early-stage Parkinson's disease and may offer advantages to taking pills to treat the progressive brain disorder, researchers reported Wednesday. The study, involving 277 people in Canada and the United States with early-stage Parkinson's, assessed the Neupro patch, made by Germany's Schwarz Pharma. It delivers a drug called rotigotine that acts like a brain chemical that is deficient in people with the disease.
January 27, 2001 |
Gen. Augusto Pinochet was rushed to a hospital in Santiago, Chile's capital, hours after a retired army general blamed the former dictator for dozens of political killings in 1973. Pinochet, 85, suffered "strong headaches, briefly lost consciousness and has a minor loss of strength in the left side of his body," the Santiago Military Hospital said in a statement, describing symptoms that could suggest a stroke. On Thursday night, retired Gen.
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May 25, 1985
Eureka! I finally know how to define "Liberal Fever." To wit: the inability to conceive even the possibility that anyone can disagree with you unless of course he is a hypocrite. Liberals preach tolerance but are so often intolerant of any disagreement--I'd say that's downright hypocritical of them. CAROLYN KUNIN Los Angeles
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March 8, 1998
Re "Sufferers Feel Vindicated by Proof of Lyme-Carrying Tick," Feb. 21. The recent Lyme disease articles have focused mainly on an infected deer tick found on a mountain trail. As stated in an interview with a Times reporter, I was bitten by an infected deer tick in my backyard in Chatsworth. My physician was well-informed and followed protocol for diagnosis and treatment, so I was on medication immediately. I consider myself very fortunate. My concern is for children who are exposed to infected ticks while playing in their own yards or in Valley parks.