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Tribune science reporterStem cells have become the Aladdin's lamp of biology, potentially granting wishes of curing Alzheimer's disease, heart failure, diabetes and other common killer disorders that affect 128 million Americans. Whether the lamp gets rubbed sufficiently to...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesA fly landed on my nose, and I wanted to sneeze, but I didn't dare. Muscled masseur Manoli, who had just caked my face with a slime-ball of stinking sludge, warned me not to move a muscle if I wanted this sulfurous mud pack's miraculous properties to...
I’m all for encouraging women to do kegels (rhymes with bagels), an exercise that strengthens the often neglected muscles of the pelvic floor. But do we really need “Kegel exercise panties?” The unusual $85 undergarment, called the...
Kristine Timpert's quirky little book "If Babies Did Crunches" tries to sugarcoat an important message for adults: Beware of crunches. The not-just for-kids book stresses that if you really want to banish tummy flab or back pain, clean up your diet and...
SWEAT glistens on 24-year-old triathlete Lauren Robertson's forehead as she pedals a bicycle hooked up to a computer measuring her power output. As Ashton Johnson, co-owner of Sundance Cycles in Agoura Hills, adjusts the seat and handlebar height on...
Botox injections can erase the effects of years of emotional expression on a person's face. But the cosmetic procedure that unfurrows brows, smoothes laugh lines and unwrinkles crinkles appears to come with an unseen price: an impaired ability to read...
Of the hundreds of exercise gadgets that have graced TV airwaves over the years, only a handful ever become big-time sellers and even fewer become cultural phenomenons. The Shake Weight is definitely in that rarified category. Over 3.6 million people have...
"House, M.D.", season finale Fox, Monday, May 17, 8 p.m. Episode: "Help Me" The premise: A crane collapses onto a building in Trenton, N.J. Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) and Dr. Gregory House ( Hugh Laurie) arrive with a team of doctors to help the...
Botox may be famous for erasing frown lines, but it also may disrupt an important chain of communication between the face and the brain. Not only do our facial expressions reflect our emotional ups and downs, they appear to send crucial feedback to our...
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Los Angeles TimeThe deleterious effects of self-tanning products — streaky brown or Oompa-Loompa orange skin — have faded considerably over the past couple years, due in large part to advances in formulations and delivery methods that make a DIY tan easier to...
The holidays burst upon us every year with a veneer of joyousness, yet that bubbling of good cheer masks a series of rather dire seasonal warnings: Don't eat too many rich, fatty foods; don't drink to excess; don't forsake your exercise routine; and,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterConcerns about the widely used anti-wrinkle treatment Botox and a similar drug arose Friday as federal regulators said they were reviewing reports of at least one death and other serious reactions among some patients. Food and Drug Administration...
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