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November 11, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Cocaine use may not make you a better dad, but it may make your son a bit more resistant to addiction, says a new study conducted on rats. Compared with the pups of rats who got no cocaine, the male offspring of rats that were allowed to self-administer cocaine for two months behaved very differently under the influence of the drug. When they got repeated doses of cocaine, rats sired by undrugged fathers responded with an escalating frenzy of movement - in rats, a sign of incipient addiction.
October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A homeless woman's longtime drug dealer was found guilty Tuesday of dousing her with gasoline and burning her alive in a parking lot at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Mia Sagote, 36, of San Francisco was found guilty of murder, robbery and kidnapping that led to the death of 49-year-old Jill May, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . May, according to the Chronicle, was addicted to crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute. She was struggling to turn things around when her longtime partner, Ricky Smith, refused to give Sagote $150 he owed for crack, according to police.
October 10, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Glee's" much-talked-about tribute episode to late star Cory Monteith airs Thursday night -- and executive producer Brad Falchuck says it's focus is not on the how , but the what now? "The Quarterback" begins a few weeks after the death of boy-next-door jock Finn (Monteith). There's no revelation on how he died, and there is no funeral scene. The plot focuses on someone stealing Finn's letterman jacket. Music-wise, everyone pays tribute by singing songs for Finn at Mr. Schue's urging.
September 26, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Cocaine messes around with the brain. That scientific no-brainer has been getting more focused over the years, as neuroscientists identify key circuitry that can be reshaped by addiction. But an addiction researcher in Switzerland believes his colleagues may have been a bit too focused on the accelerator instead of the brakes - stimulation rather than disinhibition. Cocaine interferes with a natural inhibitor holding a reward neurotransmitter in balance, and without that brake, an unrestrained flow of dopamine sets off circuitry changes that have been tied to addictive behavior, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Science.
September 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jada Pinkett Smith is getting philosophical with age and revealing that she previously struggled with addiction. The actress and wife of megastar Will Smith turned 42 on Sept. 18, prompting her to reflect on where she's been and where she is now. "What I learned about myself is this, when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life," she wrote on her Facebook page. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life's inevitable obstacles.
September 20, 2013 | By Maura Dolan and Jeremiah Dobruck
SAN FRANCISCO - A Newport Beach ordinance that restricts group homes for recovering addicts may have been motivated by illegal discrimination and may be challenged at trial, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Friday. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived lawsuits against the city over a 2008 zoning ordinance that drove most group homes out of the city and forced others to limit services. The law was seen as a model for other California communities grappling with complaints about group homes in residential neighborhoods.
September 19, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Thanks for Sharing" is a bit like the recovery scene it digs into - filled with intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows. The new romantic drama is about the rocky road of love for sex addicts trying to 12-step the straight and narrow. It has an enviable group of actors doing the sharing in Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, "Book of Mormon's" Josh Gad and Alecia Moore, a.k.a. Pink, the rocker making an especially engaging acting debut. The world outside is equally well populated by Gwyneth Paltrow, Joely Richardson and Patrick Fugit.
September 10, 2013 | By Lisa Girion and Melissa Healy
Responding to calls to stem a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths, federal officials are urging doctors to reserve the most powerful pain drugs for patients who need long-term, around-the-clock treatment that can't be managed by other means. Leaders of the Food and Drug Administration said they hoped new drug labeling guidelines unveiled Tuesday would prompt doctors to be more cautious in prescribing long-acting and extended-release forms of oxycodone, morphine and other narcotic painkillers, known as opioids.
September 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan and Monte Morin
One out of 10 American high school students used electronic cigarettes in 2012, along with nearly 3% of middle school students, according to a new federal report. That's about double the rate of e-cigarette use in 2011 and translates into 1.78 million children and teens who have tried the battery-powered devices. The sharp increase has public health experts worried. Electronic cigarettes contain the addictive chemical nicotine and traces of cancer-causing compounds called nitrosamines.
September 1, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
When you fire up the backyard barbecue, friends come 'round and you're feeling pretty good at ribs or chicken. Maybe you are ready for the big time: competition barbecue? For anyone who's tempted, the place to be Sunday was Paramount Studios for the Los Angeles Times' The Taste, where a panel of experts talked with Noelle Carter, The Times' Test Kitchen manager, about how they got their starts and what keeps them in the running. For people who are great at one meat, listen up: Every competitor in most contests has to make chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and brisket.
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