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December 11, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After three days of silence on the illness of national icon Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma's office issued a three-line statement Tuesday announcing that the anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner is suffering from a lung infection. Mandela's hospitalization Saturday for medical tests caused national alarm. Zuma's office said Monday that the former president was "in good hands" without commenting on his condition. On Tuesday, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said new tests indicated that the 94-year-old Mandela was suffering from a recurrence of a previous lung infection.
November 10, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
The little guys put on a big show at Staples Center on Saturday night. In the world of boxing, they were mice that roared. Abner Mares of Los Angeles chased, lunged, punched and brawled his way to a unanimous decision over Anselmo Moreno of Panama in their super-bantamweight battle for the World Boxing Council title. Mares had the title and Moreno had won 27 straight fights, so the matchup was a good one. That turned out to be the case, generally, except for one judge, who had Mares winning all 12 rounds.
October 29, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Patients diagnosed with lung cancer that is considered incurable appear to misunderstand the purpose and likely effect of a treatment aimed at making them more comfortable, a new study says. The result may not only be a failure of communication between physicians and their patients: The misunderstanding also may prompt some lung cancer patients and their families to choose aggressive treatments near the end of life rather than opt for care that makes their final days more comfortable.
October 28, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer and Lance Pugmire
The Breeders' Cup comes to Santa Anita this weekend with a controversial mandate to begin eliminating race-day medication in its thoroughbreds at a time when sports organizations worldwide are cracking down on competitors who use performance-enhancing drugs. Much of the focus is on Lasix, a powerful diuretic that helps prevent bleeding and has been widely used in the U.S. since the 1970s to combat lung hemorrhaging in thoroughbreds. In California, the drug is injected four hours before post time.
October 22, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Tiny 10-day-old Hunter Carrillo lay sedated on an elevated bed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, hooked to a massive machine taking the place of his heart, lungs and kidneys. His parents, Tami and Joe, hovered nervously nearby. Every few minutes, Tami Carrillo carefully stepped around the tangle of cords and monitors to get a closer look at her newborn son and to briefly hold his fingers. For nearly a week, the Carrillos have watched as a team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, cardiologists and surgeons worked around-the-clock, helping Hunter recover from an infection that caused him to stop breathing and his heart to stop pumping.
October 20, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
You want your legs to look great from all angles? Why aren't you doing a lunge that works your thighs all the way around? The skater lunge, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and featured on his "Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout" video game, hits all the major muscle groups in your upper legs, without putting as much strain on your knees. What it does This challenging exercise works your glutes, quadriceps and a bit of your adductor muscles and hamstrings, for 360-degree sculpting.
October 18, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The shocker about "The Sessions," starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, is not the full-frontal nudity, or its provocative story of a sex surrogate who helps a 38-year-old in an iron lung lose his virginity. It's not even the priest's blessing allowing the out-of-wedlock sex acts. Rather, it's the humanistic way in which "The Sessions" deals with what sex at its best can be - emotional, spiritual, physical, pleasurable, soul-satisfying, life-affirming. In a country that embraces cinematic violence with such ease but blushingly prefers to keep sex in the shadows or under the sheets, the grown-up approach of "The Sessions" is rare.
October 11, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Washington, D.C.'s, baby giant panda died of lung and liver damage, the National Zoo said Thursday, citing the high mortality rate for cubs.  The lungs of the 6-day-old cub were "poorly developed and likely caused her to have insufficient oxygen," according to a necropsy. The mortality rate for pandas in their first year in captivity is estimated to be 26% for males and 20% for females, zoo officials said. PHOTOS: Rescued animals -- Boots, Feisty, Piper and more "We are working with our colleagues in China to answer questions about giant pandas that will ensure the best care in captivity and that will help bolster the species' numbers in the wild," the zoo said in a statement.
September 25, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. plunged the most ever after the biotechnology company said the survival rates from its lung cancer study reported earlier this month were unreliable. Peregrine, based in Tustin, declined 74% to $1.42 at 10:12 a.m. New York time, after falling as low as 80 cents in its biggest intraday drop since the stock began trading in 1994. The shares of the company had more than quadrupled in the past 12 months through last week. Peregrine had soared 47% on Sept.
September 20, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Denver man who says he ate two bags of microwaved popcorn every day for about 10 years has won a $7.2-million verdict after he developed an ailment often referred to as "popcorn lung. " It's an illness that can be traced back to the chemicals used to give popcorn a buttery flavoring without all the calories. The chemical -- an artificial flavoring called diacetyl, is no longer used in artificial flavoring and some experts see a possible link between diacetyl and Alzheimer's, according to ABC News.
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