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A fascinating, if disconcerting, fact: More than 100 trillion so-called good bacteria thrive in or on the human body. A sizable chunk of them maintain residence in the human digestive tract. Probiotics, live microorganisms that benefit their human host,...
Only 20% of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to people who are sick with bacterial infections, such as ear and urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Most of the penicillin, tetracycline and other antibiotic drugs used in this country are given...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesWhen my family doctor called five years ago with the news that my PSA levels had spiked, I hung up the phone and did what all of us do. I panicked. I thought, "So this is how I'm going to die." Then came the delayed second reaction: This can't be right!...
Nation NowThe Department of Veterans Affairs will now make payments to service members who have suffered injuries to the urinary tract or genitals. Foot patrols have put service members at higher risk of injuries to the urinary tract or genitals....
Ministry of GossipEtta James is suffering from chronic leukemia and considered terminally ill, according to her doctor. Etta James is best known for songs including "At Last" and "Tell Mama."...
Opinion L.A.Both the editorial and Op-Ed pages have weighed in on the measure that would ban male circumcision in San Francisco if passed in November. Here are excerpts from two arguments against the proposition: The religious perspective: Still, there's something...
Q: I published the original article on cranberry juice cocktail and urinary tract infections (Journal of Urology, May 1984). We also demonstrated in several nursing home studies that cranberry juice cocktail, not the plain juice, works best. Please...
With at least two flus and plenty of colds, coughs and sore throats circulating this season, some Americans are turning to zinc to ward off viruses. Lozenges, supplements and nasal sprays that contain the mineral claim to boost immunity, and there is...
Tags: Cancer, Health, Metal and Mineral, Common Cold, Prostate Cancer
Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again. Saccharin was first identified as a hazardous, potentially cancer-causing chemical by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s. But since that time it has slowly been exonerated by state and...
Researchers find that stress can make healthy cats seem sick, reduced stress can make sick cats healthierL.A. UnleashedLOS ANGELES â It's not just people who get sick from stress. A recent Ohio State University study found that healthy cats show signs of illness when stressed. At the same time, cats diagnosed with feline interstitial cystitis became healthier......
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...
Tags: Bladder, Human Body, Intestine
Booster ShotsDrugs that interfere with the action of folic acid can produce a sharp increase in certain birth defects if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, Israeli researchers reported today in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. It is well-...
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