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Keep an eye out for claims that carbs are making a comeback. A new diet book slated to hit stores this summer, "The Carb Lovers Diet," promises that eating carbohydrates is the key to weight loss and long-term health. The so-called secret: Eat not just...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesSomething in your gut could be making you fat — and it isn't just last night's pizza. The vast, diverse community of microbes inhabiting the intestines, scientists are finding, can influence metabolism and weight. Between 10 trillion and 100...
A single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and 64 can reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by at least 43%, British researchers reported Tuesday. The results from the first large randomized trial of sigmoidoscopy show that it is a more effective tool than...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOn the road south from the international airport in Managua, Nicaragua swooshes by, unfurling in buzzing, humid green. Fields of swaying banana trees recede from the road in rows, the shaggy fronds bouncing against a searing blue sky. I look south toward...
There was a certain ignorance I had about the body before dissecting it. Some of what I've learned was surprising, disconcerting and fascinating: • In one day, our kidneys filter 150 to 180 liters of blood. One kidney is only about the size of a...
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Teenagers and young adults suffering from severe, scarring acne may ultimately lose the most effective treatment for the condition. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Accutane's side effects: An article in Saturday's Section A about the possibility of...
Booster ShotsEliminating financial barriers and providing more direct contact among patients and physicians and providers are the best ways to improve the rate of screening for colorectal cancer, a National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference recommended...
Booster ShotsThe National Institutes of Health convened a panel of experts to reach a consensus on what is known about lactose intolerance. Their consensus, released Wednesday: There is no consensus. It is a real condition, but there are no good numbers......
L.A. UnleashedHave a non-emergency question about your pet's health? Dr. Heather Oxford of L.A. veterinary hospital California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is here to help! In this installment of Ask a Vet, Dr. Oxford offers some tips to reader Janet Ishikawa about.......
Times Staff WriterIt remains one of Hollywood's most compelling, and unforgettable, mysteries. On Aug. 5, 1962, the body of Marilyn Monroe was found in the bedroom of her Brentwood home. The 36-year-old movie star was naked and facedown on her bed. An autopsy conducted...
Special to The TimesThe Atkins craze is pretty much behind us -- my neighborhood low-carb food store recently shuttered its doors -- so now it's time to circle back with some good news about carbohydrates. High-carb foods such as beans, bananas and whole-grain breads might...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThrow out any thoughts that weight reduction surgery is a shortcut to svelte. The surgery, performed on about 200,000 Americans a year, is a last resort to rescue people in danger of dying early from the health consequences of their extreme obesity....
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