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Special to the Los Angeles TimesWhether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free." What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a...
I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery. No amount of running or iron pumping was going to do anything about the genetically programmed dark circles under my eyes, so I got those things zapped with a nuclear-powered laser that made me twitch and...
Pregnant breast cancer patients more likely to surviveThere may be few pregnancy nightmares worse than finding a lump in one’s breast, given the dueling fears that if it’s cancer, treatment could harm the developing fetus, while delay and pregnancy hormones could fuel a tumor’s growth....
Only days after a federal panel scaled back on breast cancer screening recommendations for many women, another organization -- the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- has done the same for a screening credited with drastically...
HealthKey.com contributorYou've had a baby, congratulations! You now have a big decision: do you breast feed or go the formula route. No guilt here, but you give your child the best chance for a healthy beginning by breastfeeding. Doctors, researchers and countless moms, agree....
McClatchy Tribune NewspapersChinese factory workers exposed to huge amounts of bisphenol A had a substantially higher risk of sexual dysfunction, according to a study released late Tuesday that is expected to add more urgency to the question of the chemical's safety. The new study,...
HealthKey.com contributorYou've heard the stories and winced when your girlfriends have described the test. But what's the reality? Here are some answers to common questions: WHAT DOES IT DO? A mammogram is an X-ray exam of the breast. The National Cancer Institute says most are...
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It seems like the pinnacle of medical science: For just a few hundred dollars, you can walk into just about any hospital in Southern California and ask a doctor to check your arteries for buildup of heart-attack-inducing calcium plaque. Most of the time,...
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It's such an appealing idea -- catch breast cancer early, treat accordingly and your patients will live. So perhaps it's no wonder the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- a panel of primary care physicians -- caught major flak when it revised its...
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Pam Levin's daughter weighed less than 5 pounds at birth. But by the time the child turned 3, Levin and her husband had begun to bristle at some of the comments about her. "People would say, ‘She's chunky' or ‘She's a big girl,'" Levin says....
Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran -- An American woman detained for more than a year in Iran was released Tuesday on a bail of $500,000, according to state television, more than a year after she was jailed with two other Americans and accused of spying. The announcement came...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesSo how many omega-3 fatty acids are enough — and how should you get them? That likely depends on your age and your specific health concerns. The United States does not yet have guidelines for DHA or EPA, and consensus among nutrition experts is...
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