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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
April 25, 2014 | Mary MacVean
Workouts don't always have to be sweaty, and my mind and spirit needed some attention after a recent long week. We can all meditate or downward our dogs at home, but sometimes it helps to have a little guidance. Reset: 8254 Melrose Ave., Aura: Seems like miles from the hullabaloo just outside; dimmed lights, electric candles and cushiony mats. Effort: Laid-back, for sure. But there's no payoff if you just drop off and don't try to follow the teacher.
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.
April 16, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A long-overdue renovation of the Calico Mine Ride will introduce state-of-the-art technology to the first major Knott's Berry Farm attraction while preserving the groundbreaking work of a legendary theme park innovator. Photos: Calico Mine Ride at Knott's Berry Farm After transporting more than a million riders a year over the past half century, the 1960 Calico Mine Ride at the Buena Park theme park is undergoing a complete overhaul that will see the addition of nearly 50 animatronic figures as well as technical and structural upgrades to the seven-story manmade mountain.
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.
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.
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.
March 19, 1985 | United Press International
Artificial heart recipient Murray P. Haydon was returned to the coronary care unit Monday because of a breathing problem, but was in no apparent danger, a hospital spokesman said. "Haydon has been placed on a respirator and is expected to remain in the coronary care unit for several days until his breathing returns to normal," Humana Hospital Audubon spokesman Robert Irvine said. "Dr. (William C.) DeVries does not consider the condition to be life-threatening."
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 ?
April 3, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Romantic attraction, popular mythology notwithstanding, is not necessarily destiny, and the desire two people feel for each other can, under the wrong circumstances, cause chaos as often as contentment. Not every love should dare to speak its name, not even close. As directed and co-written by Drake Doremus, the exquisitely calibrated "Breathe In" explores such a fraught mutual passion with honesty, intimacy and complete emotional involvement. Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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