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January 16, 2006 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
For several years I have been taking atenolol for my blood pressure, Zoloft for depression and Prevacid for acid reflux. During this time, my breathing has gradually gotten worse, and now I can't walk more than 20 or 30 feet without stopping to catch my breath. Up to a couple of years ago, I walked four to five miles a day at a fast pace. Could this change have anything to do with my medicines? Atenolol (Tenormin) is a possible candidate. This beta blocker can affect the lungs and cause fatigue.
March 12, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
GOLDEN, Colo. - The instructions seemed simple enough: nine steps forward, heel to toe, a quick turnaround, then nine steps back. But for the guy swaying a bit as he walked, his face slack, his eyes half closed, it was all too much. He made the nine steps forward and stopped, forgetting what came next. "Wait. What?" Colorado State Trooper Jason Morales dutifully marked it down in his report, just as he had a few minutes earlier when the suspect closed his eyes and tilted his head back to guess the passage of 30 seconds.
February 28, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Big-time, bed-rattling snoring is more than just a detriment to good sleep or happy relationships. It's also a sign that airways aren't open and clear. In extreme cases, snorers spend chunks of the night gasping for breath, a dangerous condition called sleep apnea. If they could somehow open up their airways, they would breathe easier without all of the racket and without the risk. Instead of sucking air through a mask or going under the knife — two common approaches to apnea — many snorers hope they can get extra breathing room with the help of an oral appliance that fits inside the mouth.
March 9, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There were reports of teenage zombies walking around Woodland Hills on Sunday morning. It had everything to do with El Camino Real winning its first City Section Division I championship in boys' basketball Saturday night with a dramatic 58-56 victory over 12-time champion Westchester. Afterward, players decided to hang out at the Woodland Hills home of junior guard Brandon Russell munching on pizza, listening to music and not letting their moment of triumph vanish until about 5 a.m. Sunday, when players started going home.
December 25, 1993
The smoke-filled air of the recent Southern California firestorms made a lot of people very uncomfortable. Eyes burned and breathing was impaired while those of us with asthma and other respiratory disabilities were advised to remain indoors and turn on our air conditioners. That was good advice for those of us who had air conditioners. Now that winter is upon us with temperatures outside dropping, the air is once again filled with the smoke of fires, this time from the fireplaces of my neighbors.
January 14, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Physicians at University Medical Center may try to remove Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breathing tube on Saturday, the next major hurdle in her recovery, Dr. Peter Rhee said Friday morning in Tucson. Doing so will finally allow them to assess how well she is able to talk after being shot in the head last Saturday morning in the mass shooting outside a Safeway. Her recovery continues to amaze the doctors who have been treating her. "We couldn't have hoped for any better improvement than we are seeing now given the severity of her injury," said Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon who has been a key member of the team treating her. During the week, Giffords has passed a number of milestones, including moving her hands and arms, opening her eyes, responding to commands, sitting up in bed and lifting her legs.
July 9, 2007 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
A simple breathing and relaxation technique can reduce respiratory symptoms, irregular breathing, depression and anxiety among asthma patients, researchers at University College London have found. "A lot of people under stress breathe from their upper chest," says lead author and physiotherapist Elizabeth Holloway. "We teach people to relax their shoulders and breathe calmly from their tummy. At rest and in normal life, you should be breathing gently through your nose, not deep breathing."
January 11, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own and moving both arms, both very encouraging signs of recovery, physicians at University Medical Center in Tucson said Tuesday. In an interview, Dr. Peter Rhee, the chief of trauma at the medical center, said Giffords was moving both arms, although her left arm was more active than her right, and moving her eyes. Previously, doctors had said that she was moving only her left arm, which is controlled by the right hemisphere of her brain ?
August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A man poisoned by a cocaine-laced malt drink began breathing spontaneously today, hours before he was scheduled to be disconnected from life-support systems, hospital officials said. It was the first time that Maximo Rene Menendez, 25, who has been in a coma since drinking a contaminated bottle of Pony Malta de Bavaria on July 26, had breathed on his own in the last seven days.
January 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Redwood City man died after his friends and sheriff's deputies tried to keep him from getting behind the wheel of his car. Santa Clara County authorities say the 29-year-old man stopped breathing Tuesday after deputies placed him in handcuffs. A Sheriff's Department spokesman said that when deputies responded to the scene just outside San Jose, they found several people trying to keep the man from driving his car home. The man stopped breathing after deputies placed him in handcuffs and questioned his friends.
March 5, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The Obama administration wrote a new chapter Wednesday in the "if you like your health plan, you can keep it" chronicles, decreeing that plans it once derided as "junk" or "substandard" can remain in effect until October 2017 -- long after the next presidential election. The point, administration officials say, is to help those in the market for individual or small-group plans make a smoother transition into Obamacare. As you may recall, President Obama repeatedly promised that the 2010 Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare)
February 27, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was taken to a Washington hospital Thursday after experiencing “faintness and shortness of breath” during his regular morning meeting with senior staff at the Justice Department. Holder was driven by a security detail to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment, officials said. He was described as “alert and conversing with his doctors,” according to Brian Fallon, the attorney general's chief spokesman. Fallon added that Holder was “resting comfortably and in good condition” and was expected to “undergo further evaluation.” It was unclear how long he might be hospitalized.
February 21, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Hateful Eight" is bold work by an artist pushing himself to the creative edge as he devises a Rubik's Cube of contradictions for his audience. I'm not supposed to know this yet. That I have an opinion about an unmade movie is because of the leak of a script that angered its writer-director enough to file a lawsuit and pledge to shelve the project. But it would be a crime if Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" became a victim of the Internet's fondness for disseminating all things illicit from sex tapes to now, apparently, scripts.
February 12, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A frantic caller described seeing attackers beat a 23-year-old woman who later died after a brawl outside a Santa Ana nightclub, according to a copy of a 911 tape released by police. The 12:22 a.m. call came in shortly after the fight ended outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana, where Kim Pham lay on a sidewalk as a crowd gathered at the scene. Two women have been ordered to stand trial in connection with the Jan. 18 altercation. "There's a girl that's unconscious," the female caller tells a 911 operator.
January 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun and Francine Orr
Maria de la Cruz is doing something these days she says she hasn't done in years. She lets her grandchildren play in the living room - and even opens the windows to let air circulate. Ever since Allenco Energy Inc. shut down its oil field across the street from her apartment in University Park, "it feels like a new life for us," de la Cruz, 48, said in Spanish. "We used to keep the windows closed tight and made the children play in a back bedroom so they wouldn't breathe those chemicals.
January 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
LAS VEGAS - Joann Killeen had never before purchased a digital video, but she took the plunge this holiday season. She forked over $3.28 each to watch the children's show "Yo Gabba Gabba" on her Apple iPad and dance along with a friend's grandchildren to the thump of another Nick Jr. show, "The Fresh Beat Band. " Killeen, 62, is not alone in busting a move. Digital sales have nearly doubled in the last year, becoming the fastest-growing source of home entertainment revenue for Hollywood studios.
May 10, 2004 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Cyclists who are already in great shape may be able to go even faster with a new kind of training regimen -- one for their breathing. University of Arizona physiology researchers conducted a four-week experiment with 20 competitive cyclists, including some triathletes, to test the effectiveness of endurance training on the muscles used to control breathing.
December 30, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
If you've ever sat at the pub after work sipping your favorite Cabernet or craft brew, then you've probably wondered: When is it safe to drive home? If your blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%, that means someone else should take the keys. As millions head out to mark the shift from 2013 to 2014, knowing what to do is especially important. What would it feel like to hit that magic number? How many drinks would it take? Why do police have tools to monitor my blood alcohol level, but I don't?
December 30, 2013 | By Monte Morin
So you think tobacco is bad for your health? Try telling that to a tobacco hornworm: His stinky nicotine breath is the only thing keeping him off the evening dinner menu, scientists say. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers discovered that Manduca sexta moth larvae use a form of "defensive halitosis" to ward off ravenous wolf spiders. As a tiny leaf-creeping caterpillar, M. sexta will gorge on coyote cactus plants all day, consuming more than a milligram of nicotine in a 24-hour period - the rough equivalent of one cigarette.
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