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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
May 14, 1989 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
When her labor pain got worse, April Halprin Wayland could have asked for medication. Instead, she lowered herself into a 4x6-foot bathtub at the Family Birthing Center of Upland and let the warm water reduce her feeling of pain. An hour later, still in the tub, she gave birth to 8-pound, 5-ounce Jeffrey. The baby was whisked to the surface immediately by her obstetrician, Dr. Michael J. Rosenthal, and Wayland cuddled him before stepping out of the tub to join her husband, Gary, who had been at her side during the six-hour labor.
April 22, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's taken an army of mice (and a group of clever Canadian researchers) to crack open an old sexual chestnut and get at the meat inside: For women, "Not tonight dear, I have a headache" is not a passive-aggressive rebuff to a mate's sexual invitation (not always, at least). It's a biological phenomenon with deep evolutionary roots. Even for females who've never watched a 1950s movie or been schooled in the art of sexual gamesmanship, bodily pain puts a serious damper on sexual desire, new research has revealed.
October 14, 2010 | Amina Khan
Sooner or later, love usually ends up hurting. But in its early, blissful throes, it actually lessens pain ? at least of the physical kind. That's the finding, reported Wednesday, of a study by pain scientists and a psychologist who studies love. The study, published online in the journal PLoS ONE, sprang from a meeting of minds between Arthur Aron of State University of New York at Stony Brook, a longtime researcher of the science of love, and Dr. Sean Mackey, a pain scientist at Stanford University.
July 19, 2010 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Painful arthritis of the knee is on the rise — as is the number of middle-aged people who refuse to let the condition interfere with their favorite sports or exercise. Active people in their 40s and 50s are challenging doctors to provide treatments that not only keep them walking but keep them running and jumping as well. Joints rely on slippery caps of cartilage that allow bones to glide past each other with a minimum of friction. "It's the smoothest material known to man," says Dr. Andrew Spitzer, director of the joint replacement program at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles.
July 5, 2013
Re "CDC cites overuse of drugs for pain," July 3 As a gynecologist who has been treating women with pain for more than 40 years, I disagree with Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who categorically states that doctors prescribe narcotics too often and too soon for pain. The vast majority of honest physicians take a careful history and deal with individual patients, prescribing only enough narcotics so they can function normally.
May 29, 2012
Re "Private pain made public," Opinion, May 24 I can understand Meghan Daum's qualms regarding the public dissemination of information about a personal medical crisis such as that suffered by Aimee Copeland, who contracted necrotizing fasciitis. However, I can equally imagine that the blog Aimee's father wrote during her ordeal was the way he was able to cope with the horrifying spectacle of the body of his daughter being systematically hacked away, piece by precious piece.
October 30, 2009 | Steve Appleford
The woman with the electric guitar has played this song before. It's a Michael Jackson ballad, and the young guitarist is named Orianthi, who leans back now to unfurl a solo of smoldering melody before stepping up to the microphone to sing some torrid lyrics: "Love is a feeling / give it when I want it / 'cause I'm on fire / quench my desire. . . ." Orianthi's eyes are closed beneath her blond bangs as she wails "Give In to Me" in a North Hollywood rehearsal studio, her four-piece rock band swaying behind her. The 1991 song (co-authored by Bill Bottrell)
April 23, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Unless there is some recognized analgesic effect of rolling a joint, lighting it up and deeply inhaling the by-products of marijuana combustion, then it stands to reason that you could distill the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, and formulate it into, say, a capsule. Doing so would combine the relief that comes with smoked marijuana with the ease of a pill and the quality control that comes with approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Poof! Up in smoke goes the debate about medical marijuana.
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
April 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Since his star-making turn nearly two decades ago as the mentally challenged Karl Childers in "Sling Blade," Billy Bob Thornton has been known for what may best be described as playing expressive eccentrics. There was a bad Santa, an astronaut farmer and a taciturn barber so lacking in human connection that the movie about him was titled "The Man Who Wasn't There. " In FX's highly touted new series "Fargo," Thornton adds to that oddball gallery when he plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo.
April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
When is a mascot not really a mascot? When the Dodgers tell you it isn't. Only don't look now, but bouncing around out there in those new plaza areas behind the pavilions and in the kids' areas in the upper decks is an oversized, oh-so-cute person in a Dodgers uniform with a giant bobblehead who looks amazingly like a mascot. “It's not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen. “It's a unique performance character.” See, that's what's great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he's really trying hard.
April 4, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, isn't that sweet? The big boys are arguing. Holding their breath and not going to play until … something. Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can't even agree on what they're not agreeing about. But they've drawn a line in the infield, or at least one side claims the other side did. Which it denies. Keep that scorecard handy. This isn't a negotiation, it's torture by rhetoric with fans on the rack. The new baseball season is almost a week old now and discussions between TWC and the other providers to broadcast the Dodgers' new 24/7 channel, SportsNet LA, appear to be broadening faster than you can say “Erisbel Arruebarrena.” Time Warner Cable officials told The Times' Joe Flint that DirecTV had ceased serious negotiations to carry SportsNet LA and been informed the satellite provider would not carry the Dodgers this year.
April 3, 2014 | By Meehan Crist
The Royal Society for the Arts recently released a brilliant little animation based on a lecture by Dr. Brené Brown in which she differentiates between empathy and sympathy. In this animation, a sad fox is at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. An empathetic bear trundles down a rickety ladder into the hole, sits with the fox and says: "I know what it's like down here, and you're not alone. " A sympathetic gazelle peers down from the mouth of the hole, calling out: "Ooo! It's bad, uh-huh.
April 3, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo, Richard Simon and Joe Mozingo
KILLEEN, Texas - Beyond the mystifying question of why a person goes on a rampage to kill innocent people, residents of this military town have to deal with an even more vexing one: Why does it keep happening to them? "There's a psychological toll on this town," Terrence Barksdale, 44, said at his tattoo shop just outside the base. "This is the second time. The next person might try something even more asinine. " With two long wars, his staff had already gotten accustomed to the somber task of regularly inking memorial tattoos for soldiers who died in combat.
May 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Three people dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Hacienda Heights were all suffering from long-term illnesses, said a relative of the victims. Jim Crabtree went to the home in the 15900 block of Ladysmith Street on Wednesday after seeing news reports of a triple-homicide, he told KTLA News . Crabtree said he was married to Rita Delehanty, 62, who along with her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Carol Crabtree, all suffered long-term...
March 17, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The automatic federal budget cuts brought about the by so-called sequestration are already inflicting some pain on the hotel industry. Federal agencies responded to the cuts by slashing nonessential travel by federal employees, which represent at least 30% of business for some hotels. This month, the 67th annual National Defense Transportation Assn. Forum & Expo -- which was to be held in September in San Antonio -- was called off because of the budget cuts. The association is a nonprofit, educational group focusing on transportation issues for the military.
April 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile Come now Dodgers fans, raise up that chinny-chin chin. Sure, the news coming out of the Dodgers' game Tuesday was of the dark variety. Two-time Cy Young winner and $215-million man Clayton Kershaw now looks out until May with a back injury, and it would be a shock to no one if it's not June. And even then, it might take a while before Kershaw is Kershaw. And it's a tad tough to be humming “Don't Worry Baby” over Brian Wilson's sudden elbow problem.
April 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No. 2 ranked women's golfer Suzann Pettersen, citing back problems, withdrew from this weekend's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Pettersen said pain from an "aggravated disc" in her back forced her to sit out the four-round event that starts Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club. It's the first of the LPGA Tour's major tournaments. "It's so unfortunate that I can't compete this week," Pettersen said in a statement released Tuesday through the LPGA. "At this point, I just need to be smart and not make a bad situation worse.
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