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A significant number of smokers begin lighting up between the ages of 18 and 25, an age group that is ignored by smoking prevention efforts, according to a nationwide study. The finding, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by UC San Diego scientists, suggests that anti-smoking campaigns should be expanded to include young adults. The UCSD scientists propose that colleges adopt bans on smoking and prohibit the sale of cigarettes on college property.
July 13, 2003 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Joan Lowery Nixon, whose mystery stories for young adults won her four Edgar Awards, the top prize given by the Mystery Writers of America, has died. She was 76. Nixon died July 5 in Houston of cancer. Born in Los Angeles and raised in east Hollywood, Nixon was one of three daughters of an accountant father and a kindergarten teacher mother.
December 4, 1988 | SAMUEL GREENGARD
When Selma Schimmel discovered a lump in her breast at the age of 28, she was horrified. Her mother and an uncle had just died of cancer within the previous 2 years, and her grandmother had died of the disease before that. She wasted no time visiting her physician, who informed her that she was too young to have breast cancer. Later, a gynecologist and radiologist echoed that statement.
March 24, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
An inactive lifestyle, watching TV and eating too many fatty foods are all to blame for many Americans being overweight and obese. We may have to add religion to that list. A study finds that young adults who regularly attend religious activities may be more prone to obesity by middle age than their nonreligious peers. Jell-O salad? We're looking in your direction. The study included 2,433 younger men and women who were part of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study and were followed for 18 years.
They are a staple of the work force, filling one of every six jobs in America. More than 20 million of them answer telephones, stock warehouses and flip hamburgers. They are teen-agers and young adults, the neophytes of the workplace. They are prized for their enthusiasm and willingness to accept minimum-wage jobs, but employers say their inexperience can also create unique management challenges.
January 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
In the months before colon cancer took her life, aspiring teacher Michelle Morse attended Plymouth State University full time, often wearing a chemotherapy pump on her hip to class or when she did her student teaching. To remain covered under her mother's health insurance, Morse had to either maintain a full course load or pay about $550 a month. She chose the former, even though her doctors urged her to cut back.
October 9, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
The rate of mental depression in the United States has risen dramatically over the last 30 years, according to a growing number of researchers who say that recent data has convinced them that the disorder is now epidemic among young adults. People born in the last 30 years face three to 10 times the risk of major depression than their grandparents faced, researchers say.
As a child in Poland in the 1930s, she parachuted out of an airplane three times before she was 11. And at 12 she fled the invading Nazis with her mother and two brothers through Romania and Italy to join her father, the chief of staff of the Polish air force, in France. As a young woman, she worked briefly as an undercover detective and raced motorcycles in the United States. She also developed a passion for bullfighting and had a stint as a matador in Mexico.
June 12, 1993 | Times Wire Services
For the first time in 40 years, young white adults were found to be more likely to hold anti-black views than their baby boom counterparts, according to a poll released Friday. But the study for the Anti-Defamation League said Americans over age 50 are more likely to hold anti-black views than any other age group. The poll for the ADL, the Jewish organization that fights discrimination, found that 31% of whites 18 to 30 years old held views that were very prejudiced against blacks.
August 9, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
Signs of heart disease -- generally thought to be a disease of middle age -- can be seen even in children, cardiologists now know. But risk factors in children and young adults run the risk of being undetected and untreated, largely because of confusion as to who among the young should get screened, and when. One of the most efficient ways to screen for heart-disease risk is via tests for levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol. And yet often that screen doesn't get done.
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