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Tribune staff reporterLike a lot of young women, Kelsey Webb, 25, has been off and on birth control pills since she was 18. Every time she started taking them, she gained 5 to 10 pounds. "My normal weight is around 125 pounds. On the pill, I would get up to 130 or 135," says...
Every morning, children at hundreds of Los Angeles schools start their day hungry, making it tough to learn much or to get through the morning without a trip to the nurse with headaches or belly pains. That doesn't happen at Rosencrans Elementary School...
Strokes are much in the news these days after the release of a study that determined that their occurrence is rising rapidly among young and middle-aged Americans, probably as a result of increasing obesity and bad eating habits. A stroke is...
Teachers unions have a well-deserved reputation for exercising political clout. With a nearly unparalleled ability to raise cash and organize their ranks, they have elected school boards, influenced legislation and helped set the public school agenda in...
As the advertisement for the antidepressant Cymbalta says, "Depression hurts. Cymbalta can help." Chronic pain hurts too. And the makers of the drug duloxetine -- commercially known as Cymbalta -- argue that Cymbalta can help with that, as well. Chronic...
The makers of the miracle toxin that erases frown lines by paralyzing facial muscles won the Food and Drug Administration's blessing on Friday to market Botox for the prevention of chronic migraine headaches. The FDA's decision expands the potential...
After my mom died, I temporarily moved back in with my 81-year-old dad. My parents had been married more than 50 years; the last five had been difficult. Mom had a host of serious problems, including dementia. Taking care of her had left my father with...
Pop & HissItâs a fool's game, trying to pick 10 songs about one of popular musicâs most reliable topics: alcohol, and the joy and pain it begets. Itâs a topic that could fill volumes -â song and the drink -â so to......
L.A. NOWThe Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban smoking in all city parks and recreational areas. The ban will cover, among other sites, all city parks, sports fields and hiking trails. The issue initially came before the......
Culture MonsterWikiLeaks, the website that publishes leaks from sources in the government, corporations and other institutions, has been in the news a lot lately for the headaches it is causing the Pentagon on information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.......
L.A. NOWThe annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is expected to generate big crowds but also traffic tie-ups in the area Sunday. This year's event will include a tribute to the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" as well as an attempt to set......
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