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March 29, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Lupus nephritis can sometimes result in severe kidney disease,  a condition called end-stage renal disease. An alarming study published Monday found a significant increase in cases of this complication in people ages 5 through 39 and in African Americans. Lupus -- or systemic lupus erythematosus -- is an autoimmune disease that affects 300,000 Americans. It causes inflammation throughout the body as well as fatigue, joint pain and organ damage. Many patients eventually develop inflammation in the kidneys.
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April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
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October 24, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Stop the presses: There's some good news about teens and sexting. Fewer teens and young adults have received sexual messages or other forms of “sexting” than a few years ago, according to a new survey of nearly 1,300 people ages 14 to 24. Two years ago, 32% said they had been involved in some form of sexting; this year that number fell to 26%. Pollsters also found fewer numbers of teens and young adults had suffered from digital rumors,...
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April 14, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette companies found most were taking advantage of the lack of federal regulations to launch aggressive marketing campaigns targeting minors with tactics that would be illegal if used for traditional cigarettes, according to a report released by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
NEWS
January 9, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The health consequences of diabetes are well known for young people, but there may be more outcomes of the disease: a worse job outlook and lower wages. The findings come from a study published in the January issue of the journal Health Affairs . Researchers, focusing on the nonmedical effects diabetes has on teens and young adults, found that overall, people with diabetes have a high school dropout rate 6% higher than those who don't have the disease. Data on about 15,000 people were examined from four waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1999
Re "Lesson No. 1: Don't Talk Down to Young People," Commentary, Jan. 4: Caroline Knox is absolutely right. Our legislators do underestimate the intelligence and moral maturity of our young people--and the rest of us as well. Knox also has one advantage over the majority of politicians: She can think and write coherently. The teacher who taught her those skills is a true hero and deserves a bonus. JEANNE WALKER English Professor Emeritus Chaffey College
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Here's something to consider when you're Christmas shopping for that teen or young adult in your family. Yes, young people spend a lot of time reading and writing short messages on their smartphones, or listening to music and playing games on those and other electronic devices. But there's one aspect of their lives in which they prefer -- by a large margin, according to one poll -- the old-school ways: reading books. The British marketing research agency Voxburner recently surveyed more than 1,400 people, ages 16 to 24, about their media-consumption habits.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
BUSINESS
November 12, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Kicking the can down the road on the skyrocketing national debt will hurt young people more than anybody, so a new group has formed to get the so-called millennial generation to urge politicians to find a solution to the fiscal cliff. Called The Can Kicks Back , the group aims to give Americans 18 to 32 years old a voice in the debate over avoid the large tax hikes and budget cuts that loom next year if Congress and the White House cannot agree on a broad deficit-reduction plan.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2010 | By Bonnie Miller Rubin
The amount of time young people spend consuming media has ballooned with around-the-clock access and mobile devices that function practically as appendages, according to a new report. Young people now devote an average of seven hours and 38 minutes to daily media use, or about 53 hours a week -- more than a full-time job -- according to Kaiser Family Foundation findings released today. A few years ago, the same researchers thought that teens and tweens were consuming about as much media as humanly possible in the hours available.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The 100" is a new TV series about teenagers living alone - or are they? - on a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Wherever else we are, we are definitely on the CW, where, apart from reality shows, every series but "Hart of Dixie" either takes place in another time or features characters supernatural, superheroic and/or science-fictional. Some focus on characters, which is not necessarily to say actors, of high school age. Premiering Wednesday, "The 100" is based on Kass Morgan's young-adult novel of the same name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Californians aren't depending quite as heavily on cars for commutes and errands as they did a decade ago, according to a new survey by Caltrans. Although driving is still by far the most dominant mode of transportation across the state, accounting for about three-quarters of daily trips, researchers say a decrease in car usage and a rise in walking, biking and taking transit indicate that Californians' daily habits could be slowly changing....
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January 10, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
It may be no surprise to snifflers stuck in doctor's office waiting rooms: The 2013-2014 influenza season appears to be picking up steam earlier than most flu seasons. On Friday, state and Los Angeles County health officials reported "sharp increases" in influenza activity, including illnesses and deaths. "The number of confirmed fatalities is rising rapidly and exceeds what is expected this time of year," said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez, of the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
At least a dozen young people will race to retrieve a cross thrown into the waters of Mother's Beach in Long Beach on Sunday in the annual Greek Orthodox celebration commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. The Epiphany celebration for the greater South Bay area will begin at 8:30 a.m. with morning prayers at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Long Beach. Services of the divine liturgy and the blessing of the water will follow at 11 a.m. The story builds throughout the service to the christening by St. John the Baptist and unfolds at the water, where Metropolitan Gerasimos of the San Francisco diocese will throw the wooden cross from a boat and bless the youth who retrieves it. The event will end with a luncheon at the Betty Reckas Cultural Center at the church, located at 5761 E. Colorado St. A later service will be held at the church at 6 p.m. ALSO: O.C. Tet parade won't ban gays, community decides Pedestrian killed by Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena McStay family mystery: Friends and family gather for memorial Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer Samantha.Schaefer@latimes.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Guess how many Americans correctly answered this basic financial question: Is the stock of a single company usually safer than a mutual fund? A) 100% B) 80% C) 60% D) None of the above. The right answer is D. Barely 1 in 2 people knew that a single stock is not safer than a mutual fund, which holds many stocks. The question, included in a survey by a pair of college professors, underscores a fundamental problem facing millions of Americans. At a time when the world of personal finance is increasingly complex - and when people are more responsible than ever for their own financial future - Americans' understanding of basic concepts is sorely lacking.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "The Fades," which premieres Saturday on BBC America, Paul (Iain De Caestecker) and Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) are best friends; they would have to be, having no other ones. Seventeen going on 14, they share a world in which all useful metaphors, if little practical knowledge, are available in the works of Spielberg, Lucas and Tolkien. We've met them before, in many places: Mac is the Virgin Who Can't Stop Talking About Sex; Paul is the Guy Who Would Be Hunky If He'd Only Stand Up Straight.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
For young people all over the world, the most prevalent causes of disability are in the mind. For youth, neuropsychiatric disorders including major depression and alcohol use comprise 45% of the disability burden among young people from 10 to 24 years old, according to a study published online Monday in the Lancet. That's about four times as much as that caused by unintentional injuries (12%) and infectious and parasitic diseases (10%). The study -- the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive look at the young people's global health -- surveyed data from the World Health Organization's 2004 Global Burden of Disease report and looked at men and women in different age groups and whether they were in richer or poorer countries.
WORLD
December 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
SOWETO, South Africa -- South Africans cheered rapturously as President Obama paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at a state memorial service Tuesday, calling him a "great soul" who inspired the U.S. leader and millions of others to be better people. "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," Obama said. "But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world, you can make his life's work your own. "Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- On a street corner in Soweto, David Mohale sat in the warm summer sun Friday, remembering the life of the man who brought him freedom, the hero of the nation's anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela. He also thought of his youth, and his own mortality. "You see what I am. I'm old too. I can can go any time myself," said Mohale, 86. "He's waiting for me there. "I feel so much sorrow because he was a good man, who learned the people how to live together.
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