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August 5, 1988
When I read The Times article (Part 1, July 28) pertaining to Air Force pilots' use of stimulants to combat fatigue, it brought to mind a what's-new-under-the-sun experience I had almost a half century ago while serving as a cryptographer with the 610th Signal Operations Battalion during World War II. When our outfit moved into a German Luftwaffe quarters near Braunschweig, Germany, we discovered a room filled with boxes of chocolates that had...
April 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown, citing his meetings with law enforcement officials across the state, said Tuesday that "realignment is working. " Brown, speaking to reporters after he addressed the annual Crime Victims' Rights rally at the Capitol, called the realignment program, in which low-level felons are kept in county jails rather than sent to prisons, "encouraging and stimulating. " "I've talked to district attorneys, I've talked to police chiefs, I've talked to sheriffs," Brown said.
September 7, 1988
The military is studying the potential consequences of giving "speed" and other stimulants to soldiers fighting severe sleep deprivation, an Army spokesman said. A status report by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on its study of various stimulants says military officials expect to give drugs to troops in the field "in the near future." The objective, said Ben Smith of the institute in Washington, is to find drugs that can keep troops alert and sharp after several days without sleep.
April 8, 2014 | Melissa Healy
With the help of electrodes placed near the spine, patients who had been paralyzed for more than two years were able to regain some voluntary control over their legs, according to a study released Tuesday. The electrodes stimulated the spinal cords of the patients while they engaged in specific motor tasks involving their paralyzed limbs. Before the patients were injured and their spinal cords were damaged, their brains would have sent those key electrical signals to their legs. The new study upends the assumption that two years post-accident is a point of no return for people paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.
March 10, 2008 | By David E. Rabie, Special to The Times
Finals week. The words conjure up a stream of crazed thoughts among the best of us. Hours spent staring at the library clock, Facebooking or reading that stupid paragraph over and over until it registers. College students are not supposed to have the will, desire or aptitude to actually sit down in the library and study continuously for hours on end. Enter 2008, and I find myself sitting in the 24-hour study room at 12:30 a.m. on the Tuesday of finals week. I am not surprised by the abundance of people in the room at such a late hour.
January 28, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The website that hawks the "concentrated bath salts" warns in red letters: "Not for human consumption. " It cautions against using alcohol and prescription medications while "bathing," and adds, "PLEASE do not use this as SNUFF. " But the little packets of powder, with names like "Ivory Wave" and "Vanilla Sky," were never intended for the tub, and they're not among the fragrant samples in the bath and body shop at the local mall. The "bath salts," are powerful synthetic stimulants, designed to be comparable to cocaine or methamphetamine, and with similar risks, law enforcement and health officials say. But unlike cocaine or meth, the stimulants are legal in most of the United States, at least for now, selling for about $25 to $40 a packet online and in convenience stores and head shops.
March 14, 2007
Re "Slow-motion asylum," editorial, March 10 This editorial recommends a perverse and immoral policy. Cuban medical support teams are a form of humanitarian assistance to be emulated, not sabotaged through defection stimulants. GINO LOFREDO Quito, Ecuador
August 24, 2001
Re "Young Athletes' Use of Stimulant Stirs Alarm," Aug. 22: I think that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should consider imposing a ban on over-the-counter sales of supplements that contain ephedrine--especially since it was found that 80 deaths or more were linked to products containing that drug. That's tragic. If the FDA requires that stimulants containing ephedrine be prescribed by medical doctors, then it could mean saving the lives of many young athletes. Since the athletes would not have ready access to the harmful stimulants, this might motivate them to find more healthful means--such as eating the right foods--for building up their strength.
May 26, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Ben Johnson's doctor testified today that the sprinter kept a supply of silver pills to enhance his sex drive and counter the libido-inhibiting effects of steroids. Dr. Jamie Astaphan told a government inquiry into the use of drugs in sport that Johnson had "silver pills in a tiny plastic bag" when he visited the doctor at his Caribbean island home of St. Kitts in June, 1988. "These were pills for him to do his stuff; these were supposedly sexual stimulants," the doctor said in this third day on the stand.
September 18, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan paid a heavy price for listening to her doctor and taking a common cold tablet during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was stripped of a gold medal. Athletes who did little more than drink too much coffee often ended up similarly disgraced -- or suspended. Such disqualifications would end under a proposed new list of banned substances drawn up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Associated Press reported Wednesday.
March 28, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Migraine disorder is an elephant in the room of medicine, says Dr. Andrew Charles, professor of neurology and director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program at UCLA. "All physicians - anybody in any kind of medical practice - knows how common headache and migraine are as a presenting complaint, and yet we don't really talk about it that much," he explains. Though migraine disorder affects 36 million Americans each year and is listed by the World Health Organization as the third most common disorder on the planet, it isn't well represented in medical school curricula.
February 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. The asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened. Kennedy blames the oil and gas wells pumping in and near her South Los Angeles neighborhood. She was especially troubled to hear that acid was being injected in some shafts roughly a mile from her home. Now Los Angeles could put a stop to several practices that Kennedy and her neighbors have lobbied against, at least inside its city limits.
January 31, 2014 | By David Levine
The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population - about 17.6 million people - is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression costs 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 billion to $44 billion. There are effective treatments for depression, including, researchers said recently, meditation. But neither talk therapy nor the existing medications work for everyone.
January 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
Promoting its campaign to bring higher wages to Los Angeles workers, the county labor federation released a study Tuesday that says 810,864 Angelenos live with "poverty" wages of less than $15 an hour. Maria Elena Durazo, chief of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said that a raise to $15 would not only help low-wage workers but also provide a massive economic stimulus for the entire regional economy. As it released the report from the Economic Roundtable at a news conference near MacArthur Park, the labor group also unveiled billboards, styled after green "city limits" signs, that read: "Los Angeles, City Limited, Poverty Wage Pop. 810,864.
August 5, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Critics of Lawrence H. Summers, one of the leading candidates to be the next Federal Reserve chairman, point to his reputation for being difficult to work with.  But a former Obama administration economic aide who worked for Summers at the White House said he enjoyed the experience. Steven Rattner, a former investment banker who headed President Obama's auto task force in 2009, said in a New York Times opinion article Monday that although he had known Summers for years, he wasn't sure what it would be like to work with him. "Larry's vivid and sometimes strong personality has been well chronicled.
May 4, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The presence of caffeine in gum, jelly beans, waffles and other foods has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the stimulant's potential effects on children and adolescents. The FDA's announcement comes a few weeks after gum maker Wrigley introduced its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum. Each piece of the gum contains about as much caffeine as a half-cup of coffee, according to a consumer update that the FDA posted on its website Friday. The update provided more information on an investigation the FDA announced earlier this week.
In polite company, it may still be considered an indelicate subject. But judging from the swelling size of the laxative industry, constipation seems to be an all-too-common national ailment. In 1982, Americans spent no less than $368 million on the more than 120 preparations available over the counter. How do these products work, when should they be used, and most important, how do you prevent the problem in the first place?
December 19, 2009 | By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): What you see will astound you. You will be filled with a quiet wonder at what this drama is all about. Make some small effort to solve this question and you will be amply rewarded. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You're good at thinking up places you'd like to visit. What's more difficult is making it happen. Pick one place and start making plans to go there. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Being choosy can invite the antagonisms of your friends, but they quietly wish they were as finicky as you. Having high standards is the best way to maintain quality.
February 12, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Ancient plant and animal matter trapped within Arctic permafrost can be converted rapidly into climate-warming carbon dioxide when melted and exposed to sunlight, according to a new study. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a team of environmental and biological scientists examined 27 melting permafrost sites in Alaska and found that bacteria converted dissolved organic carbon materials into the greenhouse gas CO2 40% faster when exposed to ultraviolet light.
January 5, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
SANA, Yemen - Lithe men with ladders fan through the grove in the morning light. They joke and taunt. Hands quick in grit and shadow, they harvest the narcotic leaves that set this unsettled nation pleasantly abuzz in the lost hours between midafternoon and dusk. The men stack and bundle khat, a stubborn, flowering plant that can grow tree-high. The crop is hauled to market on trucks, motorcycles and the backs of boys who scurry along ragged roadsides, where girls, all but their eyes hidden by veils, pretend not to watch before vanishing in the dust.
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