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October 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwight Howard's back was hurting last season. Badly. Then something else happened: He couldn't feel his left leg. "What a lot of people don't know is when I hurt my back, it affected my nerves to the point where my whole left leg just went dead basically," the Lakers center said Thursday. "I couldn't do a calf raise. " After undergoing surgery in April for a herniated disk, Howard said it took about two months before he could lift his calf off the ground. He was told he would recover fully in about five months but received solid feedback in August.
May 10, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - An experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis has caused death, strokes, nerve damage and abdominal bleeding and has no proven benefits for sufferers of the disease, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. Known as liberation therapy, the treatment targets chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency - or CCSVI - a narrowing of the veins in the head and neck. It involves inserting balloons or stents into veins to widen them in an attempt to relieve the symptoms of MS. The FDA received reports in 2011 of a patient who died from bleeding in the brain after undergoing the treatment and another who was left permanently paralyzed by a stroke.
April 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Metta World Peace is trying to become more of a leader. Don't laugh. He doesn't while talking about it. "It's something I've done since I was a kid," the Lakers forward said Wednesday. "I've always been the leader, but when I got here it was [Derek] Fisher and Kobe [Bryant] , so I had to find other ways to participate and contribute. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Spurs "Kobe's not playing right now, so it's definitely a comfortable situation to be a leader.
September 9, 2011
San Francisco Giants left-hander reliever Jeremy Affeldt is done for the season after sustaining a deep cut in his right hand while using a knife to separate frozen burger patties during the off-day Thursday. He needed surgery and suffered nerve damage in his pinkie. Injured left-hander Barry Zito could be activated from the disabled list soon to help fill the void. Etc. Red Sox Manager Terry Francona says infielder Kevin Youkilis has returned to Boston to be examined by team doctors and undergo an MRI exam.
January 31, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Clippers forward Craig Smith , who hasn't played since Dec. 18, should get a good read on his progress when he visits the doctor Wednesday. Smith suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and nerve damage in his right leg, which required an epidural. If all is deemed to be going well, Smith won't require more drastic measures. "The way I'm feeling, I feel close," he said Monday before the Clippers played Milwaukee at Staples Center. "Hopefully, no surgery. I don't wish that on anybody.
September 19, 2010
Among other things, marijuana is known to relieve pain. Scientists believe the cannibinoids deserve the credit, though they're not exactly sure how they work their magic. Unfortunately, the cannibinoids also get into the brain, where they can cause a variety of problems. So researchers at UC Irvine and their colleagues set out to design a molecule that relieves pain like cannibinoids, but doesn't cause any mischief in the brain. They started with a compound called URB597 , which is a known analgesic.
July 5, 2010 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Despite modern medicine's pharmacy, chock-full of pain medicines, popping pills fails to stop many kinds of pain. Thus, for certain kinds of debilitating pain, many doctors and patients turn to technology instead of pharmacology — electronic devices that confuse the pain signal before you even feel it. Tiny wires implanted in the spinal cord can deliver electronic pulses that eliminate pain in two-thirds to three-quarters of patients deemed...
January 29, 2006 | Chris Foster and Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writers
The Kings got a little healthier Saturday, as forwards Pavol Demitra and Eric Belanger returned to the lineup. Demitra sat out 10 games because of nerve damage in his right leg. Belanger sat out 13 games because of a partially torn groin. Their return was tempered when defenseman Tim Gleason did not play because of a left knee injury that the Kings said was a bruise. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky sat out much of the first period after an injury to his right knee.
January 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Impotence drugs such as Viagra and Cialis can increase the risk of eye damage in men who have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In a small study, scientists at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that men who had suffered a heart attack were 10 times more likely to have a form of optic nerve damage called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy if they had been taking anti-impotence pills.
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