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July 24, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
There's a book out this summer called, "Let Them Get Eaten by Bears," and no, it's not one of those joke books that argue for a super laissez faire parenting plan. Peter Brown Hoffmeister is instead hoping to inspire parents to take some reasonable risks. If you've ever considered a family camping trip, or if you are sure you'd hate nothing more, come listen to Hoffmeister. He is the founder of the South Eugene High School Integrated Outdoor Program in Oregon and is a guide for rafting, climbing and orienteering.
July 20, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Lack of sleep, researchers say, can cause driving hazards, depression, poor work performance, a hazy memory, a lackluster sex life, an increased risk of obesity, disease and more - as if those were not enough. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that 10% to 15% of adults have "an insomnia disorder with distress or daytime impairment. " Is that all? Those figures seem low based on how often you hear people say they don't get enough sleep. So what better time than now to catch up on our collective sleep deficit?
June 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
One of Stephen King's most enduring works is "The Shining," due in part to the film by Stanley Kubrick. Although the film strayed somewhat from the book, both told the terrifying story of a man who moves his family to a remote, empty resort when he becomes caretaker there. The Overlook Hotel, or the ghosts that haunt its hallways, take hold of him and eventually his wife and son desperately try to escape. It's been 36 years since "The Shining" was published, and King has picked up the thread again, writing the first sequel to the book.
June 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
A Harvard University sleep expert testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death case that the singer suffered from almost total sleep deprivation for about two months as a result of his daily use of the anesthetic propofol. Dr. Charles Czeisler said Jackson's request for a teleprompter to remember the words to his classic songs "was shocking and indicated to me the profound impact this sleep deprivation was having on his memory. " Czeisler, who has a medical degree and a doctorate, testified that propofol brings on "a drug-induced coma" that is far different from sleep.
June 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Harvard sleep expert testified in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case Friday that the singer suffered from almost total sleep deprivation that resulted from his use of the anesthetic propofol. Dr. Charles Czeisler, who has both an MD and a PhD, testified that propofol brings on "a drug-induced coma" that is far different from sleep. Not only does it not satisfy the body's need for sleep, it dissipates the sleep drive, "leading to a massive sleep deficiency. " "That is what I believe happened in the case of Mr. Jackson," Czeisler testified.
June 9, 2013
Re "Flight attendant fatigue is an issue," Business, June 6 Just because the plane lands safely doesn't mean there's no longer any danger posed by a fatigued flight attendant. I commuted from Orange County to LAX for 35 years. I was often awake for 18 to 24 hours before beginning my drive home on the 405 Freeway. I was pulled over once for a suspected DUI because I couldn't stay within my lane. After one flight from Australia, I went north on the 405 instead of south, passing two exits before getting off. Fatigue does strange things to your mind.
June 9, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
Prosecutors charged two Glendale men on Friday for assaulting a homeless man, officials said. Oganes Manvelyan, 23, and Vahan Kiourktzian, 22, each face one count of assault with a deadly weapon in Wednesday's alleged attack on the homeless man, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney. She said the alleged attack came for no apparent reason. The pair initially claimed the homeless man began harassing them, but a police investigation revealed that was not true, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
June 3, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
If you suspect you're not getting enough sleep, you're probably right: A new survey says 83% of Americans don't get a good night's sleep on a consistent basis. Why not? Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive. In addition, 47% of those surveyed said they simply weren't able to turn off their thoughts. Science and Health: Sign up for our email newsletter Among other culprits: * 38% of Americans said pain interfered with their ability to catch the necessary ZZZZs.
May 22, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
An advisory panel to the Food & Drug Administration has recommended approval of a new sleep drug that targets the brain's wakefulness centers, but suggested the agency should consider a dose of the drug,  called suvorexant, lower  than that proposed by the medication's maker, Merck. In doing so, members of the FDA's advisory committee on peripheral and central nervous system drugs appeared to agree with concerns raised by FDA staff scientists that, at higher doses, the sleep medication may cause dangerous next-day drowsiness in some patients.
May 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Operating on just four hours of sleep and trailed by a swarm of journalists, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel asked for votes and talked up the historic nature of her campaign during a lunchtime stop in Chinatown. "I'm the most qualified candidate, and I would be -- I will be -- the first woman mayor," she told two women eating French dip sandwiches at Philippe The Original. To an elderly woman with a walker, Greuel said: "You've lived to meet the first woman mayor of Los Angeles!"
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