CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2012 |
I can't really pinpoint when my dad first started bringing home the powdery mixture, as white as sugar and as fine as beach sand. He'd step into the kitchen and sprinkle it -- three grams at a time -- into some orange juice and stir to the point it crested the edge of the glass. He'd serve it with breakfast. One glass for each of us. Drink up. Had I been older, I might have protested. But I was just a kid, living in an era when the only things you were supposed to avoid eating were paper and dirt.
October 16, 2010 |
Want to manage your weight, strengthen and whiten your teeth, increase your vitamin intake? Just bored out of your mind? Have some gum. Candy manufacturers are rolling out gums for all occasions to entice people to chew more frequently. Some of the gums seem to have been pulled from science fiction, or at least Willy Wonka's factory. Kraft Foods Inc.'s Stride Shift, for instance, changes flavor while you're chewing. Trident Vitality contains vitamin C for those who can't be bothered to eat fruit.
September 2, 2010 |
Consumers who buy organic fruits and vegetables because they think they're tastier, more nutritious and better for the environment are getting at least some of what they're paying for, according to a study published online Wednesday. The finding is based on a detailed comparison of organic and conventional strawberries from 13 pairs of neighboring farms in Watsonville, Calif., where 40% of the state's strawberry crop is produced. A team of ecologists, food chemists, soil scientists and other experts analyzed a variety of factors before concluding that the organic berries — and the dirt they were raised in — were superior.
October 4, 2008 |
Tests in human and mouse cancer cells grown in laboratory dishes showed that vitamin C supplements reduced the efficacy of cancer drugs by 30% to 70%, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Cancer Research. Many patients take the vitamin as a supplement to their chemotherapy, and the researchers fear it might be reducing survival rates. The team from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York found that the vitamin protects mitochondria in cancer cells from the damaging effects of the drugs, enhancing their survival.
October 22, 2006 |
TWO recent studies confirm travelers' worst suspicions: Airplanes and hotel rooms are fertile grounds for spreading cold and flu bugs. Harvard scientists confirmed that flu is spread on planes in a study released last month. Researchers found that the decline in air travel after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks delayed the onset of the 2001-02 flu season in the United States.
June 20, 2005 |
Sooner or later, almost everyone gets sidelined by an injury that keeps them from being physically active. Twisted ankles, tendinitis, pulled muscles and the more serious torn shoulder rotator cuffs used to mean weeks of inactivity and, with it, unwanted pounds that only complicated recovery. These days, "we approach injury much like we would with any athlete," says physical therapist Thomas Papke, a spokesman for the American Physical Therapy Assn.