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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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SCIENCE
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.
SCIENCE
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.
OPINION
July 16, 2009
Lawmakers have pushed their efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system into a higher gear, with a Senate panel approving one Democratic proposal and a House committee starting to debate another. The 1,018-page House bill (HR 3200), which the Democratic chairmen of three committees introduced Tuesday, is a decidedly mixed bag, reflecting the difficulty of making large-scale repairs while preserving the healthcare options people have today.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
TORONTO -- An offbeat mix of fable and satire, “The Brass Teapot” is based around the idea that a teapot is passed through the centuries with an alluring but evil power. It rewards its owners for inflicting pain, filling with money as whoever possesses it commits more and more unspeakable acts. From Attila the Hun to Hitler it has passed through many hands before it winds up with a rather hapless, down-on-their luck couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano). Premiering Saturday afternoon, the film is the feature debut of longtime commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosley, who found writer Tim Macy and his short story after googling “best short story.” The pair struck up an online conversation that led to adapting the story first into a comic book and then a screenplay.
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
October 24, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A venomous bark scorpion, its stinger poised to strike, confronts a furry, little grasshopper mouse somewhere in the desert. A deadly melee is about to begin and you won't believe who wins. Even though the bark scorpion possesses one of the most painful -- and potentially lethal -- stings in the animal kingdom, he's about to become lunch for a twitchy little rodent.  Thanks to evolution, the grasshopper mouse no longer feels the intense burning, and subsequent throbbing, that humans or other mice feel when injected with scorpion venom -- pain that would stop most predators dead in their tracks.  In fact, after several stings to the face, a grasshopper mouse stops briefly to groom itself, then resumes its savage attack before feasting on the overwhelmed scorpion.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
HEALTH
April 4, 2011 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Most causes of back pain don't require immediate medical attention, but you should see a doctor right away if your pain is accompanied by any of these "red flags": • Weakness or pain in your legs, especially if it goes all the way down to your feet. • Loss of bladder or bowel control. • Fever or tenderness. The first two could be a sign of neurological damage, caused by compression of the nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord. A fever or tenderness may signal an infection.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
OK, enough talk about Lance Armstrong and his possible use of drugs or blood doping as a performance enhancer. It turns out some athletes in the Paralympics, which begins Wednesday in London, use pain as a performance enhancer. Paralympics officials said Monday that, along with testing for banned drugs, they will be on the lookout for something called "boosting" among wheelchair athletes. What is boosting? Pain. In able-bodied athletes, physical exercise raises the heart rate and blood pressure, which helps you perform better during an event.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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