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March 21, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
In mice and men, baldness is a scourge that cries out for a cure. Fortunately, a far-flung group of American researchers is on it - and on Wednesday reported progress on this front in the very sober journal Science Translational Medicine. Plucking hair follicles from the pates of 22 men with male-pattern baldness(think George Constanza here) and an army of mice, researchers detected a key difference between patches where hair was growing and patches where it was thinning or bald: In humans, a prostaglandin called PGD2 was far more plentiful in areas of the pate that were bald than in patches where hair continued to grow; and in mice, the same prostaglandin was in large supply when they were in the shedding phase of their normal hair follicle cycle.  The team was led by dermatologist Luis Garza (then of the University of Pennsylvania, now at Johns Hopkins University)
January 29, 2012 | Chris Woolston
Vin Diesel has embraced his baldness. And it's doubtful Michael Stipe spends much time browsing for toupees. But not all of the 40 million American men with follicularly challenged scalps are going quietly into that bald night. They're raging -- with Rogaine, among other things. Men who want to hang on to their hair have many options, including medications and surgical transplants, says Dr. Marc Avram, hair transplant surgeon and clinical professor of dermatology at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City.
September 29, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Santa Barbara -- It started with the toucans. Nobody knew why the birds were making such a terrible racket but soon it became clear. A bald eagle had winged its way into the Santa Barbara Zoo and started evidencing great interest in some of the zoo's smaller, perhaps more delectable, inhabitants. He swooped low over the flamingos and perched on a rooftop just above the achingly cute meerkats, waiting. He showed no fear of humans. "At first we were thrilled to see it," said Sheri Horiszny, the zoo's director of animal programs.
June 4, 2011 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The attorney for the man suspected in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow went on the offensive Friday, saying he will file a court motion Monday seeking a hotel video recording that he claims could help exonerate his client. The move marks the most concrete step so far by the defense in its effort to prove that the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the wrong man in connection with the violent incident on opening day at Dodger Stadium. Though Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested nearly two weeks ago, L.A. County prosecutors have yet to charge him in connection with the beating.
February 16, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Men who go bald in their early 20s have a doubled risk of developing prostate cancer, but those who lose hair in their 30s and 40s apparently are not at greater risk, French researchers reported Tuesday. The findings suggest that men who lose their hair very early in life might benefit from increased screening. Because the same male hormones that are involved in hair growth also play a role in prostate cancer, researchers have been tantalized by possible links between balding and prostate cancer.
January 30, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Maybe the guy just wants some company. That's the speculation about a wild bald eagle that's taken up residence right outside the Orange County Zoo's bald eagle exhibit. The bird of prey first appeared last weekend and has spent every morning and evening since then perched in a tree above the zoo's 6-year-old female bald eagle, Olivia. The two have been squawking back and forth all week, said Donald Zeigler, manager of the small zoo in Irvine Regional Park. Bald eagles are spotted from time to time in the rolling foothills, oaks and sycamores surrounding the zoo, but never before has one taken such an interest in a zoo resident.
January 5, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Why do so many men go bald? What exactly changes on their heads? Hot off the lab bench: Men go bald because the follicles from which their hairs sprout run out of special progenitor cells with which to make the hair. Normally, inside hair follicles a region called “the bulge” contains a packet of adult stem cells from which the hair is replenished. Scientists have theorized that these stem cells might simply run out in those prone to male-pattern baldness.   To test this, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (and, it seems, a few other places)
May 4, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A growing population of American bald eagles in Channel Islands National Park might eventually start feasting on rare seabirds and endangered island foxes, researchers reported Monday. The warning was based on an extensive analysis of the shifting diets of the opportunistic foragers from the Pleistocene era, about 20,000 years ago, to the late 1960s, when they were decimated by widespread use of DDT. It was reported in the online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
February 18, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Zach Lund has grown. His hair has not. The two are related. This should be Lund's second Olympics as a member of the U.S. skeleton team. Instead, he's a rookie with a lot to prove. Four years ago, when he was at the top of his game -- ranked No. 1 in the world -- he was banned from the Turin Games for using finasteride, a drug that fights baldness but also was thought to be a steroid-masking agent. Its use was legal until 2005, then banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Lund insisted he never knew about the switch.
January 31, 2010
LA Live hotels at the ready The 878-room JW Marriott and 123-room Ritz-Carlton hotels, to open Feb. 15 and March 15, respectively, at downtown's LA Live complex, have begun accepting reservations. The hotels share space in a 54-story tower at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 244 condos priced at $1.3 million to $6 million, will occupy the top floors. The JW Marriott's L.A. Market restaurant, Glance lobby bar and lounge, the Mixing Room cocktail bar, Illy coffee bar and Ion rooftop bar and lounge will be in operation by the opening.
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