One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here.Simon R. Lewis would like to expand your consciousness, which might seem odd coming from the man who co-produced the silly but successful movies You Can't Hurry Love and Look Who ... More >>
With tomato season just around the corner, a new study gives you permission to pig out on the ruby-colored fruit. Scientists have discovered that eating foods that contain traces of nicotine, such as tomatoes and peppers, helps lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, Science World News rep ... More >>
Updated at the bottom: Health experts say only some types of bacterial meningitis are spread person-to-person, these types are not as contagious as flu and are not sexually transmitted. The CDC says there is no increased risk among gays and no rationale for county officials to alter their approach. ... More >>
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran offered an apology on Monday to the family of Brett Shaad, who died from meningitis over the weekend. Duran held a press conference on Friday about the Shaad tragedy, which sparked national media coverage.
"Please offer my deep condolences to the Shaad family," ... More >>
See also: Brett Shaad Aftermath: John Duran Apologizes to Family as Meningitis Vaccinations Uptick in West Hollywood
WeHo News is reporting that another gay man in the Los Angeles area recently died of bacterial meningitis, heightening concerns that the widely publicized death of West Hollywood res ... More >>
Update: Shaad family releases a statement about the tragedy, after the jump.
That's what a lot of people in West Hollywood were feeling after hearing the news that Brett Shaad, a gay man and lawyer in his early 30s, was announced brain dead after contracting bacterial meningitis. As of Frid ... More >>
Brett Shaad, the West Hollywood lawyer and resident who had contracted bacterial meningitis, was taken off life support on Saturday evening and died at 6:42 p.m., according to a Shaad family statement.
Shaad, a gay man, was being treated at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills. His tragedy has be ... More >>
A groundbreaking clinical trial to prevent paralysis and death right after a stroke by cooling the brain is underway, led by Cedars Sinai, that researchers say could change everything.The trial has been boosted from 50 to 400 patients with FDA approval, and used both "controlled hypothermia" and a " ... More >>
Bad news for Los Angeles, the medical marijuana capital of the nation.
A new study says using weed could more than double your chance of having a stroke. Maybe.
According to the fresh research from the University of Auckland presented to an American Stroke Association meeting in Hawaii this week . ... More >>
As you plan to grab a beer or two as you enjoy the nachos and commentary of Drunk Uncle during the Super Bowl, beware, our teenage friends:
Drinking can cause brain damage. Seriously.
A new study published in this month's edition of the journal Cortex contains the bad news:
Creepy brain tests conducted on Ariel Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state since 2006, show "significant brain activity," UCLA said this week.
One bioethicist, however, says that the strange readings from functional MRI scanning conducted by UCLA and Israeli scientists do not suggest, as some ... More >>
Consuming just one chocolate bar a week could lower men's stroke risk by almost 20%, according to a new Swedish study.
Researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute followed more than 37,000 men between the ages of 45 and 79 for about a decade, CNN reports. Men who ate the most chocolate over th ... More >>
Ever noticed how the guy at work who's always making the microwave popcorn is a little slow? Like, he always burns it? It could be no coincidence.
Recent research has found that a common food ingredient that is used to create the butter smell and flavoring in microwaveable popcorn may be linked to ... More >>
Ever talk to a graying raver about that great party in nineteen-ninety ... oh, what year was that again?
Unfortunately, this is bad news here in the rave capital of America: Yet another study has found that ecstasy can lead to memory loss. Not only that, but it apparently doesn't take much:
Your teeth may be rotten, but your brain will be sparkling!
Nestle, best known for making candy bars like Butterfinger and Kit Kat, is branching out into "brain health products" by purchasing a stake in a company that makes milkshakes for Alzheimer's patients, The Wall Street Journal reports. Broom ... More >>
Two of L.A.'s most prestigious institutions come together, today, for some cutting-edge teamwork:
Cedars-Sinai is announcing that it has borrowed a special space camera from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get a better look at patients' complex tumors. Hospital to the stars, indeed!
If you're ... More >>
Not only can coffee keep you more awake and alert during the day, it may keep your brain functioning longer over your entire life (which it might also prolong, as we reported earlier).
New research suggests that drinking about three cups of coffee per day might stave off Alzheimer's in older adults ... More >>
Researchers say a compound in oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits may lower a woman's risk of stroke, WebMD reports. The study appears in the April issue of the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Previous studies have shown that antioxidant compounds called flavonoids in fruits and ... More >>
Ceasar SebastianRavers.The stereotype of the e-tard, the raver who uses so much ecstasy he becomes mentally defective, might have some basis in fact.
A Vanderbilt University psychiatry professor concludes in recent research that MDMA, the drug favored at parties here in the rave capital of t ... More >>
Anne Fishbeingrilled corvina at Olympic CheonggukjangEating at least one serving a week of fish could improve memory function, increase brain volume and stave off Alzheimer's, according to a new study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Healt ... More >>
It's the day of thanks, when we all gather 'round the table or picnic blanket and hope there's at least one person in the room we're thankful for having in our lives. Food is usually involved, as is wine and other alcoholic splendor, and with all the focus on baking the perfect pie and finding flatt ... More >>
Max S. GerberJaren and JaredWhen Keith Black was a kid, his mom caught him dissecting a chicken heart by the side of the house. He was 8, and such behavior might have worried some parents. But Black's father, a school principal, recognized the boy's curiosity. The next week, he brought his so ... More >>
From the annals of chutzpah, we have news today that entertainer Pat Boone has bestowed the coveted "Guardian of Seniors' Rights award" on Craig Huey, the Tea Party candidate in next Tuesday's Congressional election.This is the same Craig Huey who makes his living by targeting direct-mail solicit ... More >>
Los Angeles TimesEric Redd lived as a quadriplegic for over two years before his death.By Annabel Martin
A 36-year-old black man named Eric Redd died February 1 from injuries he had sustained two-and-a-half years earlier.
After Redd was shot in the neck on July 31, 2008, in the 900 block of ... More >>
Northridge resident Lauren Rosenberg is suing Google over bad directions she received from the site, according to various reports.
Rosenberg was struck by a driver and injured in Park City, Utah on Jan. 19, 2009 as she walked on a highway route obtained by searching Google Maps on her Blackb ... More >>
A Riverside County jury this week awarded $16.5 million to an area man and his wife after the panel agreed that a doctor's negligence left the husband paraplegic following a back injury, the Beverly Hills law firm representing him announced.
The victim, 41-year-old Trent Hughes, was off-road ... More >>