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SPORTS
June 17, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hong-Chih Kuo , who has spent the last five weeks on the disabled list dealing with an anxiety disorder, said he's ready to pitch in the major leagues again. Back at Dodger Stadium from a minor league rehabilitation assignment, Kuo said Friday that his mental health has improved. Of how he used to be overcome by nervousness when taking the mound, the reliever said, "It's better, so we'll see. " He said one way he could tell is by how he feels about his impending return.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Would a spanking proposal introduced by a Wichita lawmaker give Kansas teachers new leeway to rough up the state's schoolchildren? That's how some online reports have characterized the measure, which was introduced last week by Rep. Gail Finney -- ostensibly in an effort to reduce child abuse, not encourage it in the classroom. “Kansas bill would allow spanking that leaves marks,” screamed one headline. “Teachers could spank harder under bill pending in KS legislature,” warned another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2000
An anxiety clinic has opened at Cal State Northridge to serve the community and provide hands-on training for psychology students. The clinic is staffed by six to eight graduate students in the Psychology Department's master's program in clinical health. It plans to serve up to 50 clients a semester. The students will be under the supervision of professor Ronald Doctor, a clinical psychologist who has worked in the area of anxiety disorders for 30 years.
NEWS
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a lingering psychological response to a major traumatic event. And researchers studying the condition now have a clue about its development. Hint: Women and men are different. Their study, conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
There may be a lot of sleepy police officers out there, a study finds, with about 40% of them having at least one sleep disorder. A study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. looked at sleep disorders and how they affected the health and safety of 4,957 police officers in the U.S. and Canada. Among the officers 40.4% were found to have at least one sleep disorder, and 33.6% had obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a blocked or narrowed airway causes breathing to stop and start during sleep.
HEALTH
February 21, 2005 | Peter Jaret, Special to The Times
Years ago, when parents came to him worried because their kids seemed abnormally shy, Murray Stein, a psychiatrist at UC San Diego, would tell them not to worry -- that most children outgrow periods of intense shyness. "Now we're not so quick to dismiss their concern," he says. Although most very shy kids do emerge from their shells, as many as one in three become more and more troubled, according to Stein, one of the country's leading experts in childhood anxiety disorders.
SCIENCE
August 5, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Frightening or painful memories may be calmed or even erased by marijuana-like chemicals produced in the brain, according to a study of mice chronicled in Thursday's issue of Nature. Mice bred to be unresponsive to the chemicals, called cannabinoids, couldn't control their reaction when they heard a reminder linked to pain. Normal mice eventually stopped flinching at the reminder.
HEALTH
May 14, 2001 | Linda Marsa
Discovery Health Channel Begins May 20, 7 p.m. * Mental illness strikes one in every five Americans in any given year. Yet despite the high incidence, serious mental disorders are still profoundly stigmatized. "Fires of the Mind," a well-made four-segment series that premieres Sunday on the Discovery Health Channel, attempts to dispel some of the frightening myths that cloud the public's perception of four severe mental conditions: schizophrenia, depression, autism and anxiety disorders.
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