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February 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Josh Hamilton arrived at Angels camp Sunday, hoping to play the heavy. The 6-foot-4 left fielder checked in at 240 pounds, a solid 28 pounds heavier than he was at the end of 2013, believing it would help his production. "I feel a lot stronger," said Hamilton, who reported at 227 pounds last spring and finished the season at 212. "I had never really lifted heavy weights to gain muscle like this. . . . "It will help. My joints won't feel as good. I'll probably hurt a little bit more.
February 15, 2014
We are going to tuck away the stern, objective journalistic approach for a day and suggest you root. That means you, golf fans. Or you, general sports fans - anybody with a TV that gets the Golf Channel and CBS. Click it on Sunday and root. Better yet, come on out to Riviera Country Club and walk alongside one stumpy little guy, whose curly hair flows out from under his cap like he's a Rory McIlroy impersonator and whose putter, at the moment, is also impersonating McIlroy in his good days.
February 13, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Get moving is the message for yet more evidence of health benefits. This time researchers found that women who took part in moderate exercise, such as walking briskly or playing tennis, resulted in a significant reduction in risk of having a stroke. And the best bet is to get moving now. “The benefits of reducing risk of stroke were further observed among the group of women who had a sustained moderate level of physical activity over time,” said Sophia Wang, the study's lead author and a professor at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope.
February 13, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A groundbreaking Los Angeles clinical trial has proven a disappointment in demonstrating that a safe and inexpensive mineral infusion could reduce disability in stroke patients. But the researchers behind a UCLA trial called "Fast-Mag" said the eight-year effort drove dramatic improvements in the care of stroke victims across the Southland, rallying hospitals, emergency medical teams and physicians to deliver faster and more targeted care. Among 1,700 Los Angeles-area subjects who suffered a stroke between 2005 and 2012, UCLA neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Saver reported Thursday, those who got magnesium sulfate infusions for two days fared no better three months later than those who got a placebo infusion.
February 6, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Long before a woman hits middle age, she and her doctor should be thinking about her risk of stroke and taking steps to reduce it, according to the first set of stroke guidelines aimed at women. The overall stroke risk for women is higher than it is for men, in part because women live longer. But the new guidelines from the American Heart Assn. underscore that many other factors may increase their risk as well, and many of them are evident when a woman is in her 20s and 30s. Some, like complications of pregnancy and menopause, are unique to women.
January 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
In addition to gaining about 20 pounds this winter, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton said he's been working with a “functional movement coach” in an effort regain the swing that helped him win American League most-valuable-player honors in 2010 but deserted him for most of 2013. “In August, I went back and looked at videotapes from 2010 until that moment,” Hamilton, who hit .217 through the first four months of last season, said Tuesday during an in-studio interview with MLB Network.
January 2, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
As if the fiery rash and painful blisters of shingles were not punishment enough, the average patient who suffers a resurgence of the dormant chickenpox virus known as herpes zoster -- or shingles -- has a higher risk of heart attack or mild stroke two decades or more after the blisters and rash recede, says a new study. For those who suffer a case of shingles between the age of 18 and 40, the outlook is worse: They're more than twice as likely to suffer a mild stroke and 50% more likely to have a heart attack than those who have not had shingles.
December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  - Jerry Dipoto turned Mark Trumbo into three arms and a bat. That is the work of a magician. Provided, of course, that the Angels get solid production from those three arms and a bat. If not, the Angels' general manager just made 30 home runs disappear, and maybe his job with it. On Monday, when the Angels arrived at the winter meetings, they had a three-man starting rotation. On Tuesday, they got to the minimum five, trading Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that brought left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona and left-hander Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox. That is Step 1. The Angels saved about $3 million in the trade, giving them about $18 million in available funds.
November 26, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Frankie Muniz of "Malcolm in the Middle" fame has suffered another mini-stroke, his second in a little less than a year.  "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke," he wrote Monday on Twitter . "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable. " The actor -- he's also a drummer for the band Kingsfoil now -- had his first mini-stroke on Nov. 30, 2012. He made that scare public on Twitter as well. His first transient ischemic attack occurred after a morning workout in his Phoenix hometown, while he was riding his motorcycle.
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