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March 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Outfielder Yasiel Puig left the Dodgers' 10-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday after two hitless at-bats because of inflammation in his upper back. Puig and Manager Don Mattingly said the trainers told them the problem isn't serious and Puig is expected to play in the field Thursday against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. "Obviously, if he came in tomorrow not doing good, then we wouldn't probably [play him]. " Mattingly said of Puig, who is hitting .231 in 13 at-bats.
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March 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter and Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers won two games on their season-opening trip to Australia last week, but they may have lost two of their top three starters along the way after Clayton Kershaw was scratched from Sunday's game in San Diego because of a sore back and Hyun-Jin Ryu was considered questionable as his replacement after tearing the nail on his right big toe. “There's not a whole lot to tell you,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “I think from this point we move forward carefully.” Ryu was injured running the bases during his start in Australia.
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HEALTH
February 1, 2012 | By Eryn Brown
Everyone knows that it can feel really good to get a massage. Now scientists may have figured out why, by identifying how massage switches genes on and off, thus reducing inflammation and coaxing muscle adaptation to exercise. The discovery provides strong evidence that massage merits further study as a treatment for injuries and chronic disorders, said Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and lead author of a study about the research released Wednesday.
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March 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Outfielder Yasiel Puig left the Dodgers' 10-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday after two hitless at-bats because of inflammation in his upper back. Puig and Manager Don Mattingly said the trainers told them the problem isn't serious and Puig is expected to play in the field Thursday against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. "Obviously, if he came in tomorrow not doing good, then we wouldn't probably [play him]. " Mattingly said of Puig, who is hitting .231 in 13 at-bats.
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February 12, 1985 | Associated Press
If you have clergyman's knee, tailor's seat, tennis elbow or trigger finger, what you really have is a form of bursitis or tendinitis, the Arthritis Foundation points out. These and other slang expressions are often used to describe certain types of bursitis or tendinitis which affect structures around different joints. Sudden stress, from a sports injury, for example, or from repeated use of a joint, as on certain jobs, may bring on this condition. However, the exact cause is often unknown.
HEALTH
February 11, 2011
Over-the-counter painkillers fall into two groups. The first, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), includes ibuprofen (often sold as Advil and Motrin), naproxen (sold as Aleve) and aspirin. All three drugs dull pain and fight inflammation. Acetaminophen (often sold as Tylenol) is in a group of its own and targets only pain. Scientists are still working out the details about how these drugs work. NSAIDs are the better understood. In general, this group attacks two types of enzymes that produce prostaglandins, a broad class of chemicals that do a wide variety of jobs throughout our bodies.
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August 23, 2010
If you're drinking bottled tea beverages in order to reap the benefits of polyphenols in tea, you may be wasting your money. A new study shows that at least some bottled beverages that boast of having tea content actually have paltry levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that are thought to promote health by protecting the body's tissues against oxidative stress and related cell damage that can cause cancer, heart disease and inflammation. A typical cup of brewed black or green tea contains 50 to 150 milligrams of polyphenols.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drug company, is laying off as many as 800 scientists this year in its latest effort to refocus disappointing research efforts and cut overhead ahead of an expected crash in revenue. Pfizer plans to reduce its global research staff of about 10,000 people by 5% to 8% this year, the company said. The move comes after the New York company announced in September that it was narrowing its research focus to six disease areas -- Alzheimer's, cancer, schizophrenia, pain, inflammation and diabetes.
SPORTS
June 5, 1989 | From Times wire services
Minnesota Twins second baseman Wally Backman won't play during three games in Oakland because of his ailing left shoulder. Backman, who sat out his third consecutive game Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, had received cortisone injections that morning. He has inflammation of a tendon in his left shoulder. He took injections in the tendon and in the bursa sac, between the tendon and the bone, from orthopedist John Steubs. Backman was on the disabled list May 8 to May 25 with a sprained left shoulder.
SCIENCE
January 24, 2009 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italian and British scientists want to exhume the body of astronomer Galileo Galilei for DNA tests to determine if severe vision problems may have affected some of his findings. Galileo, who lived from 1564 to 1642, had eye problems in the second half of his life and was blind for his last two years. Dr. Peter Watson, president of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, suspects Galileo may have had an inflammation of the eye's middle layer, a condition called creeping angle closure glaucoma.
SCIENCE
January 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Practicing yoga for at least three hours a week for three months reduced the fatigue and inflammation in breast cancer survivors, compared with survivors who did no yoga, researchers reported. And the more yoga, the greater the change, the researchers, from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, said. At six months - three months after the formal yoga had ended - fatigue was 57% lower in the women who had done yoga, compared with those who had not. Inflammation, measured  by blood tests, was reduced by up to 20%, the researchers said.
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April 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
With Albert Pujols playing despite an injury to his left foot, the Angels are prepared for him to be limited to designated hitter for an extended period. "I'm dying," Pujols said Sunday. "It's hurting real bad. " Pujols started at DH for the fourth consecutive game, and has started more games at DH than at first base. He is suffering from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue that stretches across the bottom of the foot. The most effective treatment can be to stay off the foot - in the case of a baseball player, a stint on the disabled list to let the inflammation subside.
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March 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX - Zack Greinke made it through five innings of his first spring with the Dodgers before they sent him for an MRI examination. That is a red flag for any pitcher, let alone the one with the $147-million contract that makes him the highest-paid right-hander in baseball history. The Dodgers exhaled on Monday, after Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Greinke to be available for his first regular-season start April 2, although the Dodgers could grant him extra rest since they do not need five starters until April 13. Greinke complained of elbow discomfort last week, and an MRI did not show any structural damage.
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September 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - A day after receiving a couple of injections in his left shoulder, Matt Kemp remained hopeful he could return to the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday for their series opener in Arizona. The Dodgers have a day off Monday. Kemp didn't take batting practice before the Dodgers' 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but he played catch. "I pray to God I'll be back," he said. Kemp underwent a contrast MRI exam the previous day that required dye to be injected in his shoulder.
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August 19, 2012 | Wire reports
Although Manager Joe Girardi remains cautiously optimistic about CC Sabathia returning to the New York Yankeesrotation this week, the pitcher insisted he would be starting next weekend in Cleveland. "I'm pitching on Friday," Sabathia said after a bullpen session. Reminded that Girardi had not committed to that date, the left-hander repeated, "I'm pitching on Friday. " Sabathia, who reluctantly was put on the disabled list Aug. 9 because of elbow inflammation, threw 23 pitches in the bullpen session and declared himself healed.
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August 11, 2012 | From Wire Reports
New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was put on the 15-day disabled list becasue of inflammation and pain in his elbow, Manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 9. Girardi said Sabathia felt stiff two days after his Aug. 3 start against Seattle but an MRI test didn't show any damage. Sabathia felt stiff again after pitching at Detroit on Aug. 8. He threw on flat ground Friday rather than throwing his regular bullpen session and continued to experience mild discomfort.
NEWS
August 23, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A new study found that people who'd had coronary bypass surgery were more than three times more likely to be alive 15 years later if they were happily married than if they were not married. A big part of this effect could be due to the positive influence of a supportive spouse, the authors say -- in getting the patient to live better, take meds, get to doctor appointments, etc. Plus marriage could give someone heightened reason and feeling of responsibility to look after themselves.
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January 26, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Eating food containing trans fats and saturated fats could contribute to depression, scientists reported Wednesday. Researchers in Spain followed 12,059 people over six years, analyzing their diets, lifestyles and medical problems. The people who ate the most trans fats, which are commonly found in pastries and fast food, had a 48% increased risk of depression compared with people who did not eat trans fats. Individuals who ate a lot of polyunsaturated fats -- a healthier type of fat that is found in olive oil, for example -- had a lower risk of depression.
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July 17, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Stephen Fife, who was called up from triple-A Albuquerque, will start in Billingsley's place on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Billingsley's move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 8, meaning he would be eligible to pitch on July 23 in St. Louis. But with Clayton Kershaw's turn in the rotation falling on the day, Billingsley figures to pitch on July 24 at the earliest.
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July 16, 2012 | By Jim Peltz and Andrew L. John
Chad Billingsley was cleared to resume throwing Monday after a second MRI exam of the pitcher's right elbow showed the same inflammation discovered a day earlier. But it was unclear when Billingsley might make his next start. Billingsley was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of the soreness, with Chris Capuano taking his place. Nathan Eovaldi's next start also was moved up one day, to Monday night, but the Dodgers did not say who would pitch Tuesday.
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