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We recently reported that children ages 5 to 7 have trouble separating facts from reality when reading fictional stories. After perusing some recent research journals, we're struck that certain scientists may have the same problem. Two of them, writing in...
Times Staff WriterCalifornia insurance regulators today will announce that they are fining the nation's largest disability insurer $8 million, requiring the company to reopen as many as 26,000 California cases and demanding that it alter the policies it sells in the...
Today's topic: Have California's efforts to legalize and regulate medical marijuana -- including Proposition 215, the 1996 voter initiative -- been successful? Scott Imler and Stephen Gutwillig will finish their discussion on Monday. Complete Dust-Up:...
The little clinic rests along a graceful curve of Eagle Rock Boulevard also occupied by a karate studio, a barber and a smattering of modest houses, one with a basketball hoop. The building, marked only by a metal placard that says "Cornerstone," is...
Times Staff WriterKellie Lim knows all too well what it is like to be a very sick child. Struck with a ravaging bacterial infection that destroys limbs, she became a triple amputee at age 8 and soon faced a life of prosthetics, wheelchairs and often-painful...
As Harry Potter hysteria peaks, so, too, does the number of news releases and articles linking the lad -- by even a gossamer thread -- to a health issue. (Time, after all, is running out to mine this lode.) A week or so back, headache specialists...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHere are some drugs that could render users ineligible for individual health insurance, according to underwriting guidelines of several health plans. TOP SELLERS Eight of the 20 top-selling prescription drugs, ranked by their 2005 U.S. sales: * Lipitor...
Tags: Headaches, Asthma, Drugs and Medicines, Depression, Health
Afloat Guy de Maupassant, translated from the French by Douglas Parmée NYRB Classics: 126 pp., $14 paper "AFLOAT" WAS originally published as "Sur l'eau," Guy de Maupassant's log of his travels along the French Riviera on his yacht in 1887. He was...
Tags: Sylvia Plath, Mother's Day, Poetry, Death, Sports
Special to The TimesSome people can't stand the word "irregardless." A close friend of mine cannot stand hearing the word "panty" used in the singular. My pet peeve is the misuse of the words "panic attack." My cohort of grad school classmates frequently drop the phrase...
Tags: Headaches, Entertainment, Banking, Gaming, Electronics
Chapter 1 By Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times Columnist Escaping the heat in a hotter clime In a glass house above Malibu, Charlie Bonner is getting set to split for Cabo when the phone rings. Charlie Bonner went to the closet and shoved his wife's...
Tags: FBI, Television Industry, Transportation, Feet, Vehicles
Special to The TimesSure, orgasms can put a bounce in one's step, but some studies hint they might also be good for one's health. * Heart: Lots of studies have looked at whether DHEA, a hormone released into the bloodstream during arousal and orgasm, helps keeps arteries...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSecond of three parts Roxanna Brown never saw the car that hit her. The 36-year-old expert in Southeast Asian art was pulling her motorcycle out of a parking lot in Bangkok when the vehicle knocked her onto a busy road. There she was repeatedly...
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