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October 19, 2009 | Karen Voight
This is a safe and effective way to strengthen the muscles in your back that run parallel to your spine. Start with just a small range of motion and make sure your feet are touching the floor. This will help isolate and train those underworked areas of your back. -- Karen Voight 1Lie face down on a flat padded surface or mat. Straighten your legs behind you with your toes facing the floor, your inner ankles facing each other. Place the palms of your hands on a round, full-length foam roller.
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SCIENCE
April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space -- an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain -- in rare cases may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. And that's even in the absence of fungal and other contamination introduced by compounding pharmacies that killed 48 people in 2012 and 2013. Physicians offering these injections to patients with back or neck pain should discuss these rare but serious risks with patients considering a jab of steroidal medication into the cerebrospinal fluid, the FDA said Wednesday.
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HEALTH
April 4, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This seated spiral twist will strengthen and stretch your spine, but a common mistake is to round your back, which causes your chest to cave in. If this happens to you, try elevating your hips on a yoga block. You will find it easier to sit up straight and perform the exercise correctly. Sit cross-legged on a yoga block or on the edge of a thick blanket with your right leg in front. Rest your hands on your legs. Inhale and lift your chest, pull your abdominals toward your spine and relax your shoulders down and away from your ears.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Former professional basketball star Bill Walton's back and leg pain was once so severe that he considered suicide. Nothing worked until he underwent spinal surgery with a procedure by NuVasive Inc. of San Diego. "I had lost everything. But now I'm back in the game of life. There is hope," said Walton, who has been a paid spokesperson for NuVasive, in company publicity materials. NuVasive is a medical device company that develops minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The rescue of the American auto industry was Vice President Joe Biden's opening argument as he began making the case for the president's reelection here today. In remarks at a local United Auto Workers union hall, Biden hailed the "courageous" action Obama took to save American automakers General Motors and Chrysler - and hundreds of thousands of jobs with them. The approach favored by Republicans, Biden said, is "sort of a cautionary tale" for how they'd manage the economy at large.
HEALTH
September 8, 2003 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.
This exercise will strengthen not only your back and gluteal muscles but also will align your spine and stretch out your chest muscles, helping you avoid developing a rounded upper back. * 1 Lie face down on a mat with your legs straight. Reach your arms to the side at shoulder level with the palms facing the floor. Keep your inner legs close together with the soles of your feet facing upward.
HEALTH
September 6, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Use this Pilates roll-down exercise to stretch and strengthen your core muscles. Leaning against a flat wall to perform the move helps you hold and maintain a C-curve shape to your spine. Grasp a light dumbbell in each hand and stand with your back against the wall. Your shoulders and hips should touch the wall. Walk your feet forward, bend your knees slightly and firmly press your back into the wall. Let your arms hang below your shoulders. Tuck your chin in toward your throat and begin to roll down until just your lower back and the back of your pelvis remain in contact with the wall.
HEALTH
December 27, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts to get strong and fit. Exercising the wrong way can put a person out of commission for a long time, he says. One recent morning, Melamed met us at the Spectrum gym in Santa Monica and demonstrated the right way to do some common exercises and use some popular equipment, and he talked about the risks of getting it wrong.
HOME & GARDEN
October 10, 2009 | David A. Keeps
While the kids go door to door for sweets, some adults might celebrate Halloween with something a little stronger. Whip up a batch of bloody Marys or zombies, and you can deploy the frozen skulls and crossbones of the Bone Chillers ice cube trays, $9.95 each from Z Gallerie -- ideal for bartenders who like to take orders by asking, "What's your poison?" www.zgallerie.com. -- David A. Keeps
HEALTH
September 19, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here is a terrific exercise that not only strengthens your back and buttocks but also helps to align your spine and stretch your chest and hips. Lie face-down on a mat with your legs straight behind you. Place the palms of your hands on the floor near your hips and outer thighs. Keep your inner legs close together with the soles of your feet facing upward. Slide your shoulder blades down your back and press your hands firmly on the floor. On an inhalation, reach out through the crown of your head as you arch your upper back and raise your right leg off the floor.
HEALTH
February 14, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Lower-back pain is one of the most common adult complaints. Here's a way to roll away some of the tension in this area. Fitness instructor Jill Miller uses yoga therapy balls (or tennis balls) to massage away the tension in this low-back lengthener. What it does The yoga therapy balls grip the skin as they roll, digging and loosening up the thoracolumbar fascia, the connective tissue that covers the muscles of the back of the trunk. What to do Lie on the floor and prop yourself up on your elbows.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger , who died Tuesday at age 94, was more than a folk singer, of course. He also was a political radical, and for all the gentleness of his lyrics, he seemed to have been built around a spine of steel. Seeger was already a popular entertainer and political activist when on Aug. 18, 1955, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee , the witch-hunt tribunal that sought to ferret out information on what it deemed subversive activities.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Take a ride with a hit man and live to tell about it? It's now possible in Las Vegas. During the years when the mob ran Las Vegas , such a ride often would mean a one-way trip into the desert. Now, though, convicted killer Frank Cullotta promises to return guests safely from the Casino Tour  that launches Feb. 11. The name comes from the movie “Casino,” which tells a fictionalized version of the era in which the Chicago Outfit, an organized crime gang led by Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, ran several Vegas casinos with an iron fist.
HEALTH
December 27, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts to get strong and fit. Exercising the wrong way can put a person out of commission for a long time, he says. One recent morning, Melamed met us at the Spectrum gym in Santa Monica and demonstrated the right way to do some common exercises and use some popular equipment, and he talked about the risks of getting it wrong.
HEALTH
June 8, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you want to tap into the heart rate revving, muscle-building power of kettle bell workouts, the single-arm kettle bell swing is the best place to start. Demonstrated here by David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train L.A. in Hollywood, it's a great low-impact way to burn fat and work multiple muscle groups at once. What it does The swing develops your hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps, as well as your back and arms. What to do From a standing position with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, pick up your kettle bell with one hand from the floor, grasping it with your knuckles pointing forward.
FOOD
June 8, 2013
Maybe the hardest thing about cooking with salted anchovies is finding them in the first place. Check your local Italian deli or the deli or cheese department of your local fine grocery. You an also order them online. I get mine at Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica. Most often salted anchovies are sold in the cans in which they come, which means massive quantities, 11/2 pounds or more. Though you can store them in the refrigerator in that can, I prefer to transfer them to a tightly sealed glass or plastic container.
NEWS
July 9, 2000 | TRUDY TYNAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
What remains of Elisha Nims--a bit of spine still holding the French musket ball that killed him--is a bone of contention more than 250 years after he died near here outside an English outpost. Some local historians wanted to rebury Nims' bones on Memorial Day in a historic cemetery. But those plans were called off when others balked at burying an Englishman alongside Revolutionary War veterans on a day of remembrance for America's war dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
Just a few weeks ago, Katie Featherston was balancing plates brimming with spaghetti and baked ravioli, working as a waitress at Buca di Beppo at Universal CityWalk. Micah Sloat was a struggling actor/computer programmer living in North Hollywood. Now, they're watching the micro-budget horror movie they filmed three years ago develop into a full-blown phenomenon. The two play the young couple haunted by a spectral force in the breakout hit "Paranormal Activity." The suspenseful supernatural thriller, reminiscent of "The Blair Witch Project," has become one of the year's biggest success stories.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS -- When five presidents assembled at Southern Methodist University on Thursday for the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential center they traded wit and smiles, earning approval from the conservative crowd. Bill Clinton joked about getting so chummy with the Bushes, he'd become the black sheep of the family.  “A couple times a year George would call me to talk politics, and when Laura told me all the records were digitized, a chill ran down my spine,” he said to laughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Lindsay Barnett
Ric Berryman got this action shot of a bird coming in for a landing on a cactus at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia last month.  He used a Nikon D600 camera with an AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm lens. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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