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  • 6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    That bag of quinoa & black bean tortilla chips may boast the words “organic” and “natural” and "healthy" on the label, but it’s still a bag of chips – and loaded with calories.  “People aren’t aware of what they’re consuming and the number of calories,” says Dr. Edward H. Phillips, co-medical director...

  • Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Randy Garcia points a flashlight into a bush and shakes the leaves. Martin Serrano climbs a ladder to peer into rain gutters. Yessenia Avilez ducks under stairs and flips over a plastic tarp collecting water. In a Silver Lake backyard resembling a small jungle, the team — dressed in khaki shirts...

  • 6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    Whatever your sport, chances are there’s a box for it. Subscription deliveries of health and fitness apparel, supplements and sports gear have taken off recently, with big brands such as Adidas even jumping into the fray recently to reach its time-starved customers. For consumers, subscription...

  • L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    Does Pilates leave you wanting more? A new fitness studio in Santa Monica is offering a hybrid of pure Pilates —  and extreme cardio. Andrea Speir, owner of Speir Pilates, has set out to distinguish herself from other Pilates purveyors by adding cardio to the workouts on the standard reformer —...

  • This Memorial Day, take a walk to honor those who died serving their country

    This Memorial Day, take a walk to honor those who died serving their country

    Is it weird to take a walk in a cemetery? It needn’t be. This is a gentle stroll inside the Los Angeles National Cemetery that takes you along shaded lanes separating broad green lawns, teaches some interesting American military history and offers a chance to honor the men and women who died in...

  • How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    Kevin Hart was breathing hard. "I feel like I'm having a Hart attack!" he joked to a crowd of about 1,000 doing body weight exercises and running along with him at Grand Park, across from Los Angeles City Hall, this month. Most people know the pint-sized, fast-talking comedian as one of the funniest,...

  • The best workout you're not doing: Taiko drumming

    The best workout you're not doing: Taiko drumming

    I took up Japanese taiko drumming because it looked fierce. Legs are planted wide as arms wield bachi drumsticks in broad arcs, striking barrel drums in communal precision. Everyone wears a scowl that borders on delight. For me, taiko felt like a way to express aggression in a productive way ––...

  • Apps to help regulate your sleep

    Apps to help regulate your sleep

    Your cellphone is mostly your enemy when it comes to sleep. But that clever little device can also hold apps designed to send you into dreamland — or at least let you know just how much good sleep you're getting. And many of us can use some help. The National Sleep Foundation found that 43% of...

  • Deep sleepers might try slipping a Pulse under the pillow

    Deep sleepers might try slipping a Pulse under the pillow

    If you have a teenage child, you know that he or she usually has no trouble sleeping. The challenge is waking your teen up. He or she might benefit from the Amplifyze TCL Pulse, a wireless bed shaker and timer that connects an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via Bluetooth to the Pulse device, which...

  • Sports clothing lines cater to religiously observant athletes

    Sports clothing lines cater to religiously observant athletes

    When fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad walks into the stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, people will take notice. Ibtihaj, an observant Muslim, will be the first U.S. athlete to compete while adhering to hijab, the Koranic principle of modesty. Until recently,...

  • 'Throwaway culture' can negatively affect relationships

    'Throwaway culture' can negatively affect relationships

    In the age of Snapchat, Tinder and texting, it shouldn't be surprising that permanence isn't a strong suit for many of us. "Throwaway culture can include relationships," says Omri Gillath, an associate professor in the University of Kansas' psychology department. Gillath and Lucas Keefer of the...

  • The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

    The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

    An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient? Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada...

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