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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The music was straightforward: blunt-force punk rock loaded with brawny guitars and set to a galloping beat. The ideas in play, though, were anything but simple. Leading her band Against Me! on Monday night at the Troubadour, Laura Jane Grace roared through “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a surging march-tempo number in which she channeled the inner thoughts of someone in conflict with herself. “You want them to see you like they see any other girl,” she bellowed, before acknowledging, “but we can't choose how we're made.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Grace sings from experience.
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SPORTS
April 14, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Dunks bring cheers, not tears. But when Shannon Brown has been putting them in lately, the pain of slamming his right thumb, which is suffering from a bone bruise and a torn ligament, against the metal rim almost brings the Lakers guard to sobs. "It's tough," he said. "I've definitely dunked and had to put a smile on my face to stop from tearing up." He sustained that injury while blocking the shot of Indiana's Dahntay Jones on March 2.
HEALTH
July 5, 2010 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Engineer George Lewis would like to move the soothing pain relief of ultrasound out of the doctor's office and into your medicine cabinet. The biomedical engineering student, who is about to receive his doctorate from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is working on a coin-size device to make ultrasound pain relief available any time, anywhere. Doctors and physical therapists use ultrasound for pain relief for conditions such as muscle spasms, tendonitis, osteoarthritis and sciatica.
SPORTS
February 7, 2013 | T.J. Simers
BOSTON -- So Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant and everyone else wanted Dwight Howard to rush back. For this? Talk about a pain in the shoulder. The Lakers were trailing by 26 after three quarters to the hated Celtics, officially designating this as an embarrassment. But whether it was punishment or conditioning, D'Antoni sent the fragile Howard back into this fiasco even though as Howard goes so go the Lakers' playoff chances. The coaching staff thinks he's a big baby. But as much as Bryant needed Pau Gasol to arrive to win two more titles, he now needs Howard to be healthy and, maybe it's hard to believe, dominate.
SPORTS
February 20, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
For veteran Emily Cook, the Olympics have been a case study of pain management. The 30-year-old freestyler from Park City, Utah, has been dealing with the lingering pain of a bruised left heel, which has limited her practice time at Cypress Mountain. She will test it on Saturday morning in qualifying for women's aerials. The favorites in the competition include Nina Li of China, her countrywoman Mengtao Xu and Lydia Lassila of Australia. Li was the silver medalist four years ago in Turin.
SCIENCE
October 3, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Nobody wants to be bitten by a black mamba. One of the most dangerous snakes in the world, its venom can kill a person in less than half an hour. But a new study reports that there is something besides deadly toxin hidden inside the snake: a powerful painkiller that works as well as  morphine but without the side effects. In the report, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers from France described two previously unknown pain-killing peptides extracted from the mamba toxin.
SPORTS
September 3, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Rafael Nadal would be the first to say he's coming back from sore knees and it's no big thing. Richard Gasquet would be the first to say he's coming back from a raw deal and it's a huge thing. The two young tennis stars played a first-round match on center court at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Nadal won, as expected. Gasquet showed flashes of brilliance in the 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 defeat, as expected. But this was much more than your routine match. This one had connections, multiple story lines and an off-court soap opera.
OPINION
June 13, 2010
The assignment was straightforward: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome, and how did you overcome it? The results were extraordinary. Belmont High School English teacher Cassandra McGrath didn't expect the essays and poems to be as powerful, moving and, in some cases, tragic. Her ninth- and 10th-graders wrote eloquently about the death of a beloved cousin, motherhood, self-injury, domestic violence, alcoholism, abuse. The project gave McGrath, 25, a second-year teacher, a new perspective on the kinds of challenges her students bring to school each day. With support from her vice principal, McGrath — who along with hundreds of others has received a layoff notice from the Los Angeles Unified School District — published a book of the students' work, "Voices Ten Feet Deep," and gave a copy to each of the authors.
NEWS
July 6, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Many people who suffer with lower back pain rely on glucosamine supplements for some relief. But does the stuff really work? A new study shows that glucosamine was no different from a placebo in treating lower back pain. The study, released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., was a large, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial that included 250 adults with chronic lower back pain. It was conducted at the Oslo University Outpatient Clinic in Norway. Chronic lower back pain plagues millions of people in the U.S., and treatments include physical therapy, medication and the use of glucosamine supplements.
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Massage therapy may hit the spot for people suffering from low back pain. A recent study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that two types of massage--relaxation and structural--improved function and pain for people with low back pain, compared with regular treatment. The study included 401 men and women age 20 to 65 who had nonspecific lower back pain. Two-thirds were randomly assigned to two types of massage: relaxation, or Swedish, massage, non-therapeutic massage not intended for helping with pain; and structural massage, which often concentrates on soft tissue and pain issues.
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