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September 24, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Oprah Winfrey recently informed the nation on "Good Morning America" that she "blew out her thyroid" at the end of last season because of stress. But that isn't exactly a medical term. No one blows out a thyroid, says endocrinologist Dr. Terry Smith of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. "What is that? Like a right rear tire on a Ferrari?" he asks.
April 25, 2014 | Mary MacVean
Workouts don't always have to be sweaty, and my mind and spirit needed some attention after a recent long week. We can all meditate or downward our dogs at home, but sometimes it helps to have a little guidance. Reset: 8254 Melrose Ave., Aura: Seems like miles from the hullabaloo just outside; dimmed lights, electric candles and cushiony mats. Effort: Laid-back, for sure. But there's no payoff if you just drop off and don't try to follow the teacher.
November 22, 1998 | AMY JOYCE, Amy Joyce writes for the Washington Post
The phone is ringing, bosses are hovering and the deadline is just about here. You can't prioritize, your muscles are tense, and all you can think about is how awful it all is. If only you could escape, maybe you could get it all together. Companies including Bethesda, Md.-based Acacia Life Insurance Co. and New York City's PT & Co. realized a need for mending the worker's soul, and both provide that escape in the form of a meditation room.
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
A wealthy Century City physician, who pleaded guilty to 25 felony fraud and theft charges after bilking insurance carriers of up to $8 million, claimed he was stressed out after his indictments and has been receiving $266 a week in state disability payments. On Thursday, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner said Dr. Gershon W.
December 3, 1986
The recent decision by the Los Angeles Board of Pension Commissioners to grant a stress-related pension to Karl Moody leaves me sputtering. The basis of his claim is that it was too stressful for him to sit on the pension board and pass judgment on fellow police officers who were applying for stress-related pensions. "I didn't have hypertension until I became a member of that board," he declared. Do these people have no shame whatever? Are we as citizens simply going to sit here and behave like patsies?
December 1, 2008 | By Marnell Jameson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Stocks are falling. Companies are handing out pink slips. Home values are collapsing. Financial icons are folding. And Americans' stress is rising. The 2008 Stress in America survey, conducted by the American Psychological Assn. and released in October, found that stress levels have increased significantly over the last two years, particularly in the last six months. Money and the economy top the list of concerns. Among 2,500 participants from across the country, 81% said money was a significant cause of stress, up from 73% in 2007 and 59% in 2006.
August 23, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A new study found that people who'd had coronary bypass surgery were more than three times more likely to be alive 15 years later if they were happily married than if they were not married. A big part of this effect could be due to the positive influence of a supportive spouse, the authors say -- in getting the patient to live better, take meds, get to doctor appointments, etc. Plus marriage could give someone heightened reason and feeling of responsibility to look after themselves.
April 18, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This gentle chest-opening pose can be adjusted to accommodate your level of flexibility. With regular practice, this pose becomes quite enjoyable and gives you a chance to reconnect with yourself while releasing tension and tightness in your chest. Lie down on a level surface with a support bolster or rolled towel under the bottom of your shoulder blades and a yoga block beneath your head. Extend your arms to the sides and bend your elbows so that your hands are on either side of your head.
February 12, 2013
Re "'A tragic misinterpretation,'" Feb. 9 I sympathize with the extreme stress officers in the Los Angeles Police Department are under right now with one of their former colleagues allegedly on a murderous rampage. But I do not see how this assault on two innocent women in a truck that doesn't really fit the description of the wanted vehicle can be explained away. Police are supposed to protect us from harm, and stress is part of the job. The barrage of bullets fired at a car containing two women, not a large man, is ample evidence that the police were seriously out of control.
April 23, 2014 | By Edward J. Pinto and Stephen D. Oliner
Even though the recent financial crisis is barely in the rearview mirror, risk is starting to build once again in both the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Contrary to the prevailing view that only borrowers with pristine credit records can get a mortgage these days, many risky loans are still being made. A new index published by the International Center on Housing Risk at the American Enterprise Institute measures this risk month by month, based on about three-quarters of all home-purchase loans extended across the country.
April 14, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis. Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout. In his first week as interim sheriff, John Scott announced that the cigar patio, as it was called, would be open to all employees. A contest would be held to choose a new name and smoking would no longer be allowed.
April 11, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The name of the day: William M. Jennings . Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is on the verge of succeeding last season's Jennings Trophy winners, the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford and Ray Emery . The award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. " The Kings and the Bruins are one-two in the Jennings race and the Kings will win it if they allow two or less goals in their season finale Saturday against the Ducks at Staples Center.
March 26, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators rejected plans by Citigroup Inc. and four other large U.S. banks for dividend payments and stock buybacks after the latest round of stress tests. The results raised concerns about weaknesses in the risk-planning processes of Citi and three of the banks, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. It was the second time in three years that Citi failed a federal stress test. Citi's chief executive, Michael Corbat, said he was "deeply disappointed" by the Fed's findings, asserting that the nation's third-largest bank by assets was "one of the best-capitalized financial institutions in the world.
March 24, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Stressed out women have more difficulty getting pregnant than women with less stress, according to a new study this week in the journal Human Reproduction. Although the relationship between stress and trouble getting pregnant has been hinted at before, it had never been scientifically proven before now. This new research marks the first time that scientists have found a direct link between stress and infertility. "Women should not look at these findings and feel guilty," said Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, director of reproductive epidemiology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and the lead author of the paper.
March 23, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Jerry Tarkanian used to bite on a towel during his coaching days at Nevada Las Vegas, and there's a high school basketball coach with an equally intriguing custom. Gail Hale, the girls' basketball coach for 18 years at Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley, tightly grips a stress ball in her hand during games. She can be found bouncing the ball while walking on the sideline during pressure-filled moments. "I've never seen anything like it," said standout guard Cheyenne Greenhouse.
February 19, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Stress is known to trigger headaches. Now it gets worse: Researchers have found that the more intense a person's stress, the more time he or she will spend in pain. The findings are based on data from the German Headache Consortium Study. Researchers interviewed 5,159 adults about their headache history and other health factors once every three months from 2010 to  2012. Among other things, volunteers were asked to rate the intensity of their stress on a 100-point scale. Tension headaches - the most common type - were the most sensitive to stress, the researchers found.
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
March 21, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Zions Bancorp, which failed a Federal Reserve test simulating a severe recession, says it has shed some high-risk holdings and will submit a beefed-up capital plan for approval. Zions said the Fed determined that its holdings of loans and securities were riskier than it had calculated, that losses on commercial mortgages would be problematic, and that its revenue would fall sharply under economic stress.  "The resubmission will contain additional actions that will further reduce risk and/or increase its common equity capital sufficient to cause Zions' capital ratios to meet or exceed the minimum capital ratios," Zions said in a statement late Thursday.
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