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NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
The state of Texas on Thursday executed a man named Tommy Sells after a series of whipsawing court decisions that ultimately denied Sells his due process right to investigate whether the lethal injection met constitutional standards. This is no defense of Sells. If evil exists in this world, he was it , responsible for a series of known heinous murders, and who knows how many others. But that is still insufficient cause for the government to kill him. It is sufficient cause to have locked Sells away from society until he died of natural causes.
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HEALTH
September 13, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Dozens of drugs can weaken bones. Oral corticosteroids such as prednisone are especially problematic when used for long periods of time. Even inhaled steroids (Advair, Flovent, Symbicort, etc.) may pose problems over time. People with osteoporosis should work closely with a doctor to develop a treatment strategy. I have taken prednisone for years due to an arthritic condition. Because of stomach upset, my doctor has prescribed Nexium to prevent an ulcer. I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and wonder what can be done to counteract the bone-damaging effects of my medicine.
SPORTS
September 26, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. settled some of their differences Tuesday when the world's top two pound-for-pound boxers struck a deal for Pacquiao to drop the defamation lawsuit he filed against Mayweather. Pacquiao slapped Mayweather with the lawsuit in December 2009 when Mayweather accused the Filpino star of using performance-enhancing drugs. A statement obtained by The Times and released by Mayweather Jr., his father and uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather, said the men “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs.
HEALTH
February 27, 2012 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bonnie Addario didn't even know there was a word for what was happening to her. As if lung cancer weren't bad enough, the 54-year-old had lost 30 pounds off her normally 130-pound frame. Her life was limited to her husband's Barcalounger, where she had to recline because she lacked the strength to sit up straight. "It affected everything I did," says Addario, who is alive and well nine years later in San Carlos, Calif. "I literally could not get up and down the stairs. " There is a name for what Addario experienced: cachexia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Time
Rodney King's struggles with addiction thrust him into public consciousness more than two decades ago, as a drunk driver bludgeoned by Los Angeles police. In June the same affliction led to his death, medical examiners have concluded. King, an avid swimmer, drowned in the pool of his Rialto home in the early morning of June 17 after slipping into a "state of drug and alcohol-induced delirium," according to a San Bernardino County coroner's report released Thursday. His death was deemed accidental.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Lance Armstrong calmly told Oprah Winfrey in a highly anticipated taped television interview Thursday night that he took a variety of performance-enhancing drugs while winning a record seven Tour de France titles, but that in his mind at the time, he didn't consider it cheating. At the start of a stunning question-and-answer exchange, the disgraced rider responded to a series of yes-or-no questions, answering affirmatively when asked whether he had taken specific drugs during a period when he was one of the most celebrated athletes in the world.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Texas carried out yet another controversial execution Wednesday. Michael Yowell, 43, was put to death by lethal injection about 7 p.m. for killing his parents at their Lubbock home 15 years ago. The drug-fueled attack also left his 89-year-old grandmother dead. Yowell was the 14th inmate executed this year in Texas, the country's most active death penalty state, which has executed more than 500 prisoners . But Yowell did not die like the others. Last month, Texas officials were facing a shortage of the drug used in lethal injections, pentobarbital, after the manufacturer announced that the drug was unsafe for use in lethal injections and restricted its sale.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Sheri Linden, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Politically engaged filmmaking is nothing new for Eugene Jarecki, who has grappled with weighty themes in documentaries that include "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" and "Why We Fight. " With "The House I Live In," a cogent look at America's failed war on drugs, his work reaches new depth and urgency. It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years. Jarecki lays out a clear and compelling case demonstrating that U.S. policy against mind-altering substances and, more to the point, the people who use or sell them, amounts to a systematic scourge upon those with the least resources in this country - a war based on class and race.
SCIENCE
May 6, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The Food and Drug Administration is warning physicians that women who suffer migraine headaches and are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use the drugs valproate or valproic acid to prevent the severe headaches, in light of new evidence showing those taking the drugs during pregnancy have children with lower IQ scores than women who do not take them. That warning represents a strengthening of a boxed warning that already appears on these prescription medications, which are used to control epileptic seizures, to treat bipolar disorder, and to prevent and relieve migraine headaches.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and John M. Glionna
ALBUQUERQUE - Police were positive David Eckert had some drugs this time. On Jan. 2, 2013, officers in Deming, N.M., handcuffed Eckert, 63, in a Wal-Mart parking lot after a routine traffic stop turned into an attempted narcotics bust. Police said their drug dog, Leo, had sniffed something on the driver's seat of Eckert's truck. According to a lawsuit Eckert later filed, the officers said Eckert, who had a history of drug arrests, also had a history of hiding meth in his anal cavity.
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