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SPORTS
December 19, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
A week ago, David Wear left the downtown Los Angeles hotel where UCLA was staying to find himself a snack. But he returned to jarring news: His identical twin brother and fellow Bruins forward, Travis, had been rushed to a nearby hospital with a rapidly inflamed skin infection on his left foot. The following night, Travis was still in a hospital bed, pumped full of antibiotics, while David took the court against Eastern Washington at the Sports Arena. But something was off, David said, and the 6-foot-10 sophomore played like it, scoring just seven points while missing six of eight shots.
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NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Smokers who have repeatedly tried to quit and failed over the years probably have genes that make it extra hard to overcome the addiction, the authors of a new study say. Thursday marks the 36th annual Great American Smokeout. To be sure, the dire health consequences of smoking are well-known, and many adults have quit over the past four decades. But some individuals have great difficulty quitting. The new study, by researchers at the University of Colorado, examined adult twins to look for a genetic influence in tobacco addiction.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The sister act of identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry has centered on their clean-cut image and bouncy charm. The formula served them well as perky child stars in their '90s sitcom "Sister Sister," their Disney Channel 'tween vehicle "Twitches" and the more mature "Double Wedding" on Lifetime. The well-scrubbed image mirrored their off-screen lifestyle. Openly religious, the Mowrys were content to seek more uplifting roles rather than emulate their young peers. The sisters stayed true to their values — no trashy horror movies, sex tapes, battles with eating disorders, kids out of wedlock, club-hopping or revolving-door boyfriends.
NEWS
June 6, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
People with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder can often shake their family tree and find a relative who has also contended with obsessive thoughts, hoarding, repetitive hand-washing, behavior in which locks and stove burners are checked over and over again or elaborate rituals must be followed for daily life to proceed. The disorder seems to have some genetic component. But even related people with obsessive-compulsive disorder often exhibit different behavioral symptoms from one another, suggesting that some of the disorder behaviors are learned.
NEWS
April 11, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
If your child is a bad sleeper – one who can’t fall asleep on her own, wakes up frequently at night, or insists on sleeping in your bed – is it because you are a bad parent? Or are her genes to blame? For the most part, the fault probably lies with you and the choices you make about your child’s sleeping environment, according to a study published online Monday in the Journal Pediatrics. Italian researchers studied 127 pairs of identical twins and 187 pairs of fraternal twins to reach this conclusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
They dressed alike, combed their hair the same way and had the same friends. They raided a neighbor's henhouse and swiped eggs together. They even had crushes on the same girl. The two 8-year-olds were playing near the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and 236th Place on March 2, 1959, when Lynn Johnston tossed a bottle across the street and his brother Lyle ran to get it. Crossing back over Crenshaw, Lyle was hit by an Oldsmobile as Lynn watched in horror. As he grew into adulthood, Johnston made a habit of explaining to people that his identical twin had been killed by a car, as if that would somehow explain who he was. "Lyle's death was like ripping me physically in two," he said.
NEWS
February 15, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What would happen if the worlds of three of the top Oscar contenders collided, say "True Grit," "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech"? You'd wind up with a crazy mash-up of characters and dialogue, something, perhaps, like this: EXT. OUTHOUSE ? DAY Two hands rap at a rough wood door. Pause. Then, a drunken voice, phlegmy (subtitles needed?) ROOSTER The jakes is occupied. EXT. WIDER We see CAMERON and TYLER WINKLEVOSS, identical twins, who look as if they've stepped out of a men's cologne ad, standing before the outhouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
For nearly a century, the two look-alikes have been confusing people. "Teachers told Mother to put different color hair ribbons on us so they could tell us apart," Inez Harries said. "We'd switch them on the way to school," said her sister, Venice Shaw. On Sunday, there are likely to be more double-takes when some 150 friends and family members gather in San Fernando to celebrate the identical twins' 100 t h birthday. "I don't feel a century old," Harries said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Edward Norton turns in not just one but two terrific performances in "Leaves of Grass," an offbeat thriller that is deepened — rather than derailed — by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark. Writer-director Tim Blake Nelson masterfully weaves an array of quirky characters, competing themes and various story strands into a highly enjoyable, surprisingly emotional tale of family and redemption. Norton stars as Bill and Brady Kincaid, estranged identical twins who reunite after scruffy pot grower Brady, aided by loyal sidekick Bolger (Nelson)
HEALTH
September 7, 2009 | Christie Aschwanden
For decades, fitness gurus have admonished sofa spuds to adopt a can-do attitude toward exercise, as if the only thing keeping them from the gym or walking path was the right attitude. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that it's not merely motivation but also genetics that separate slouches from fitness fanatics, and at least some of these genes appear to act on the brain's pleasure and reward center. Though the science doesn't imply that people disinclined to exercise can't get moving, it helps explain why some people find it more difficult than others to "just do it."
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