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HEALTH
April 4, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Across cultures and language divides, people talk about the sting of social rejection as if it were a physical pain. We feel "burned" by a partner's infidelity, "wounded" by a friend's harsh words, "crushed" when a loved one fails us, "heartache" when spurned by a lover. There's a reason for that linguistic conflation, says a growing community of pain researchers: In our brains too, physical and social pain share much the same neural circuitry. In many ways, in fact, your brain may scarcely make a distinction between a verbal and physical insult.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Ash Wednesday marks a day of sacrifice and penance for Christians in order to atone for sins. The theology of the idea coincides nicely with psychology. Feeling pain, it seems, really cleanses the mind of guilty burdens, according to a new study. Australian researchers tested the idea of whether pain and sacrifice ease guilt. They recruited 62 young men and women under the guise that they were part of a study on mental and physical acuity. The participants were asked to write a short essay about a time when they had ostracized someone.
OPINION
October 1, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
How lousy has Roman Polanski's life been? His mother died at Auschwitz; his pregnant wife was murdered by the Manson family; and in 1978, after pleading guilty to unlawful intercourse and serving an evaluation period in the Chino state prison, he says he learned that a judge who had led him to believe that he would serve no more jail time actually was considering a long sentence, followed by deportation. On the eve of his sentencing, the acclaimed director of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" fled the U.S. and never returned.
SPORTS
November 14, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Lindsey Vonn has been released from a Vail, Colo., hospital after undergoing testing and treatment for intestinal pain. Vonn's spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email to the Associated Press that the four-time World Cup ski champion was "resting comfortably at home" and that she's "feeling much better" after an overnight stay in the hospital. Kay said it is unclear when Vonn "will be able to return to the mountain” as she prepares for a World Cup event in Aspen on Nov. 24. There has been concern in Vonn's camp regarding her ailment, the cause of which doctors have been unable to determine, according to Kay. Vonn's ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, said Vonn's recent trip to the hospital was not her first in recent weeks.
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 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.
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