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April 7, 2012 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The golf course is in pristine condition, there's nary a breeze, and you're about to sink a birdie on the 18th green. But just as the putter is about to meet the ball, your wrist jerks involuntarily - sending your round white nemesis 3 inches too far to the left. Known as "the yips," this infuriating twitch has caused many a golfer to increase what would otherwise have been a perfectly respectable handicap. To the untrained eye, it looks like a clear-cut case of nerves kicking in at a crucial moment.
September 7, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
While the explanation for Rafael Nadal's agonized collapse during a press conference may have seemed underwhelming -- just cramps, the Spanish tennis star explained after getting to his feet several minutes later -- American Andy Roddick said he wasn't surprised that Nadal slumped to the ground. "When you go to bed and your foot cramps, it's the same thing but your entire leg," he explained in an AFP story. "That's just a matter of what part of your body cramps. Cramp in your ass, you can't sit on it anymore.
September 5, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
They love to turn up the volume to Sinatra's "New York, New York" at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. While huge crowds move around in ever-present heat and humidity, they are told in song, constantly, that if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. The tennis players would second that. Their only request might be that, on top of the big paychecks and trophies, somebody might also hand out Purple Hearts. It is Labor Day weekend, and the toughest tournament in the world to survive, much less win, is in full bombast.
June 12, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Denver Rubby De La Rosa said he knew how hard he had thrown the ball to strike out Troy Tulowitzki to end the third inning. "Whenever I pitch, I always look," De La Rosa said of the stadium radar gun. In this instance, the pitch registered 100 mph, the first triple-digit clocking by a Dodgers pitcher since Jonathan Broxton in 2009. "That's normal," De La Rosa said, smiling. A stand-in for the sidelined Jon Garland , De La Rosa improved to 3-0 in the Dodgers' 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
May 10, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Airline fees and cramped seats are top complaints of air travelers, according to a Consumer Reports survey that also found fliers rating Southwest Airlines as the best carrier and US Airways as the worst. The results, released Tuesday, were based on a survey of 14,861 Consumer Reports readers who flew between January 2010 and January 2011. Although they “might not reflect the U.S. population as a whole,” the magazine acknowledged, the results of its first airline survey since 2007 were intriguing.
March 27, 2011 | By Christopher Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although there are 30 major league ballparks to visit, there are actually 31 destinations where you can see a live major league game. No. 31? Welcome to the Wrigley rooftops on Chicago's North Side. For more than 50 years, enterprising occupants of multistory residential buildings on Sheffield and Waveland avenues, behind Wrigley Field, hauled lawn chairs, barbecues and coolers up to their roofs and peered over the fences to see the Cubs for free. Over time, this cherished custom has morphed into a commercial enterprise.
February 24, 2011 | By Alana Semuels and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Consumers are already seeing the fallout from turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa every time they fill their gas tanks. It's what they don't see that's the bigger worry for the U.S. economy. From the farm to the factory, businesses are facing higher costs to grow the nation's food, ship goods and manufacture products at a time when they're already cautious about hiring new employees or placing big orders. The added burden of sustained fuel price increases could slow the nation's already sluggish economic growth, analysts said.
July 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from St. Louis — Figuratively and literally, the Dodgers are limping out of St. Louis. The Dodgers on Saturday moved to within a defeat of being swept in a four-game series by the St. Louis Cardinals, losing, 2-0, in a game in which James Loney had to be helped off the field at Busch Stadium. With Andre Ethier standing on first base and none out in the top of the ninth inning, Loney grabbed his left hamstring after taking a swing that resulted in a popout to first base.
July 8, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday cautioned consumers against using quinine for leg cramps, warning that the drug could cause severe side effects, including death. Quinine, sold in this country under the brand name Qualaquin, is approved for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, but has a long history of use as a remedy for leg cramps, especially at night. In many countries, it is sold over the counter. Studies have shown that it can reduce the incidence of cramps by one-third to one-half but that as many as one in every 25 users can suffer serious side effects.
June 21, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I would like to tell you about a remedy for leg cramps or spasms. One evening we were playing cards with some friends, and suddenly my husband bent over with a severe leg cramp. Our host went to the refrigerator, got the jar of pickles and poured 1/4 glass of pickle juice. He told my husband to drink it, and the leg cramps eased almost immediately. Have you ever heard of such a remedy? We have heard from many other readers that pickle juice can ease leg cramps. Scientists at Brigham Young University recently tested this remedy on 10 college students.
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