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June 23, 2003 | Elena Conis, Times Staff Writer
A small part of the brain is providing new clues to social anxiety disorders. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School studying images of brain activity found that adults who were timid as children display very different brain signal patterns from those who were bold and outgoing when younger. The findings come from a 2-decade-old research project that has followed a group of more than 100 people from age 2 to adulthood, monitoring their behavior and psychiatric changes over time.
June 7, 1999 | SHARI ROAN
The contraceptive sponge making a comeback: The Today contraceptive sponge, a product that drew a small but fiercely loyal group of female users earlier this decade, will soon be available again in the United States. The sponge will be reintroduced by Allendale Pharmaceuticals Inc., which bought the rights to the product from the manufacturer that had withdrawn it due to production problems. At one time, the sponge was the most popular nonprescription contraceptive in the country.
June 19, 2009 | Associated Press
The Philadelphia Phillies put left fielder Raul Ibanez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left groin. "It's been bothering him, I guess, a little bit off and on since the beginning of April," General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Ibanez is batting .312 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs, ranking second in the NL in homers and RBIs.
March 1, 1999 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II
They don't write checks in public because they fear people watching them write. They don't go shopping. They have problems with authority figures, so they are typically underemployed or unemployed. They don't visit doctors for the same reason, so they are rarely identified and treated. The mysterious illness that afflicts them is a syndrome called social anxiety disorder.
May 18, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
She's a 26-year-old former party girl with social anxiety issues, a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who dropped out of USC and attends meetings in Led Zeppelin T-shirts. Megan Ellison is also the most powerful new producer in Hollywood, running a burgeoning movie company from her $33-million compound in the hills above the Sunset Strip - and giving a critical boost to the kinds of adult dramas the major studios have all but abandoned. Hollywood has long attracted wealthy, star-struck investors who don't appreciate the difficulty (or "complexity")
January 13, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
For years, Msgr. Kevin McAuliffe lived something of a double life. He was widely admired by his flock at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, which he helped build into one of the largest Roman Catholic parishes in the Las Vegas area. But at the same time, he was stealing money from the church. Over nearly a decade, he pocketed about $650,000. His motive was all too familiar in Nevada. McAuliffe was a gambling addict. On Friday, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan judge waved off the defense's request to give McAuliffe probation.
As a child, you expect that your parents will take care of you. Later, your employer and mate assume aspects of the job, as does the government, by mandating that you wear a seat belt, save for retirement and refrain from selling marijuana to your friends. But do you expect your home--the building in which you live--to take care of you, to keep you entertained, to set rules and make your life run smoothly? The residents of the Marina City Club do.
February 21, 2005 | Peter Jaret, Special to The Times
Years ago, when parents came to him worried because their kids seemed abnormally shy, Murray Stein, a psychiatrist at UC San Diego, would tell them not to worry -- that most children outgrow periods of intense shyness. "Now we're not so quick to dismiss their concern," he says. Although most very shy kids do emerge from their shells, as many as one in three become more and more troubled, according to Stein, one of the country's leading experts in childhood anxiety disorders.
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