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November 20, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The eyes may be the mirror of the soul, but for those with autism, the mouth will have to do. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center isolated neurons in the brain's amygdala that respond to facial expressions, and tested patients with autism against those without. Both groups could correctly identify a "happy" or "fearful" face, a function long associated with the amygdala. But when the researchers examined which neurons fired in relation to areas of the face, they found that those with autism "read" the information from the mouth area more than from the eyes and seemed to be lacking a population of nerve cells that respond only to images of eyes.
April 27, 1986
Peter Lau said "Never listen to a round-eyes' recommendation of Chinese restaurants" (Calendar Letters, April 20). If The Times had published a similar letter from me in which I said, "Never listen to a slant-eyes' recommendation of American restaurants," the Asian community in Southern California would have inundated you with their protests and probably be picketing your offices. GERRY PETERS Sam Clemente
February 8, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
Conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, can certainly be cause for red alert. The ailment, an inflammation of the conjunctiva, can be contagious, is irritating but for the most part is not serious and responds well to medication. Conjunctivitis, which affects the membrane that covers the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelid, is one of the most common eye diseases, particularly in children. It is known to spread quickly in settings such as schools and day care.
October 21, 2007 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
News of Al Gore's hot streak -- winning an Oscar, an Emmy and the Nobel Peace Prize -- burned up the airwaves, the Internet and editorial pages. Once cartoonists got past the obvious recount-demand laughers, we warmed up. Mike Lester's rightful recipient was apparently wronged. Mike's polar opposite, Steve Sack, tried to wrong the right. And Clay Bennett's mythic dragon slayer captured the big picture about the real prize: peace. Nice pax journalism, guys.
July 9, 1991 | Researched by: APRIL D. JACKSON / Los Angeles Times
Eye donations in Orange County are for two purposes: transplants and research. According to Merle Wingate, director of the Orange County Eye Bank, corneal transplantation is 95% successful for those undergoing the procedure due to corneal disorders. And nearly all corneas are acceptable for donation regardless of vision abnormalities. Whole eye globes are used in research, teaching and transplantation.
January 8, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Human beings are such gorgeously contradictory creatures — we demand variety (it's the spice of life!) and hate change. Nowhere is that more pronounced than in our attitude toward television; we regularly decry the monotony of the standard formats and then yelp when someone messes with them. "Rubicon" was too slow and complicated, "Men of a Certain Age" too insular and morose, "The Killing" was a rip-off (because it didn't conclusively reveal the murderer) and "American Horror Story" is way over the top. Well, quit whining and get used to it because (a)
January 6, 2005
I don't know how long Joe Nick Patoski has been "based in Austin," but "The Eyes of Texas" is not a "celebration of paranoia." It was originally written a hundred years ago as a satire on a UT president, William Lambdin Prather, who used to finish his speeches with the words, "and remember, the eyes of Texas are upon you." The legendary coach Darrell Royal interpreted those words as meaning that UT students should remember that the state looked to them for leadership. Judi Hanna Twin Peaks Judi Hanna is a 1966 graduate of the University of Texas.
September 8, 1986 | United Press International
A 24-year-old woman slightly burned her eyes using Visine eye drops that apparently were contaminated with a chemical irritant, Salt Lake County officials said today. Managers of the Smith Food King store in downtown Salt Lake removed Visine from the shelves to check for contamination, but health officials said the tampering appeared to be an isolated incident. Doctors said the damage to the woman's eyes did not appear to be permanent.
July 31, 1997
Blinded by a still-mysterious attack in a Fontana hospital, a 34-year-old man who underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center is "doing extraordinarily well," said his surgeon, Dr. Steven Schwartz of UCLA's Jules Stein Institute. Stephen Solomon, who had been stabbed in both eyes with a needlelike object, underwent surgery on his left eye last month, and has reportedly recovered 20 / 20 vision in that eye.
January 20, 1991 | David J. Fox
"No matter how hopeless the situation, you can't give up," says composer Harry Stewart, 27, until recently a member of New York City's homeless community. Stewart was in the right place--a New York City subway station--at the right time . . . when director Peter Weir was looking for street musicians to provide music for his current movie, "Green Card." Stewart got the job--and his life changed.
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