| Oct 23, 2010
Retired dental surgeon Gene Schklair used to concentrate on giving people a nice smile; now he concentrates on giving art patrons something to smile about.
Schklair gave up cosmetic dentistry to become a full-time sculptor. His whimsical, life-size...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 3:34 PM
Pity the poor boy--in the United States at least--wedged in the midst of a bevy of sisters. When he's little, he'll certainly be dressed and made up like a doll. He will doubtless spend time cooling his heels at the bathroom door. He'll likely pine for...
| Oct 25, 2010
The FDA has told the makers of the proposed weight-loss drug Lorcaserin that it will not at this time approve the marketing of the medication, citing concerns about its marginal effectiveness and about cancers that occurred at higher-than-usual rates...
| Oct 31, 2010
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After 13 books that have netted her as many bestsellers and a hit TV show that is now in its fifth season, "Bones" author Kathy Reichs once again gets forensic with her latest, only this time...
| Oct 31, 2010
San Francisco has a way of grabbing hold of its visitors and taking them for an incredible ride, whether they're dangling off the side of a cable car or maneuvering the steep hillside curves of Lombard Street.
But that doesn't mean they want to feel as...
| Oct 30, 2010
Not a short story, not quite a novella — wasn't that a Britney Spears song? — the oxymoronic long short story is an underemployed literary form. (For argument's sake, let's say the long short story ranges from 30 to 60 pages.) F. Scott...
| Nov 8, 2010
You've heard the claims: Chocolate evokes that loving feeling. Eating fish makes you smarter. Pure carbs calm you down. If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.
| Nov 13, 2010
Dr. Richard J. Bing, a research cardiologist, composer and author who has been called a "Renaissance man" and "a man for all seasons," died Monday at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. He had celebrated his 101st birthday a month earlier and had been...
| Dec 6, 2010
| 4:50 PM
On Tuesday, the LaJolla, Calif.-based developer of a drug it calls Contrave tries to succeed where at least three other pharmaceutical firms have failed in recent years -- to win over a panel of independent experts advising the Food and Drug...
| Dec 20, 2010
Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should.
But a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates — not...
| Dec 20, 2010
Most Americans eat between 250 and 300 grams of carbohydrates a day, the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,200 calories. The Institute of Medicine, which sets dietary nutrient requirements, recommends 130 grams a day. Some, such as Dr. Frank Hu, professor of...