May 23, 2011 |
People with fibromyalgia suffer from chronic pain throughout the body, especially in their joints, muscles and tendons. But research shows that exercise can make patients feel better and improve their quality of life. Dr. Ginevra Liptan, an authority on the disorder at the Oregon Health Sciences Center, has conducted research on how a type of massage therapy of the fascia tissue -- the connective tissue surrounding muscles -- can help relieve discomfort. To find out more about the therapy and how exercise and fibromyalgia are linked, join a live Web chat Monday at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT, 2 p.m. EDT)
May 20, 2011 |
Dr. Ginevra Liptan was nearing the end of her first year in medical school when she felt a muscle tear in her neck while exercising at the gym. The injury began a frustrating odyssey of fatigue and chronic pain that was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia. She went on to obtain her medical degree and has emerged as a leading authority on the illness. Liptan recently opened a clinic dedicated to research and treatment of fibromyalgia, called the Frida Center. The clinic in Portland, Ore., is named after Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who is thought to have suffered from the disorder.
May 15, 2011 |
To what extremes can the human body be pushed? Ask ultramarathoner Marshall Ulrich in a live Web chat on Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. ET). Ulrich ran 3,063.2 miles across the U.S., crossed Death Valley on foot a record 22 times and won the Badwater Ultramarathon four times. He's also the author of "Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America. " How did running across America from coast to coast in 52 days -- the third-fastest crossing of all time and the fastest by anyone over 40 years old -- compare to the other ultra-extreme events he's done, such as running the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 125-degree heat?
May 13, 2011 |
For some people, running a single marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. For ultra-runner Marshall Ulrich, it's a warm-up. Join a live Web chat with Ulrich on Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. ET) as he discusses his amazing feats, including running 3,063.2 miles across the U.S. in 52 days, winning the Badwater race four times and competing in nine Eco-Challenges. Ulrich is the author of "Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America.
May 8, 2011 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Staying in shape is so important to Kristi Yamaguchi that she just released a fitness DVD: "Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout. " Join a live Web chat with the Olympic figure skater on Monday at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 Eastern), when she'll be giving tips on getting and staying fit. We asked the Season 6 winner of "Dancing With the Stars" how seriously she takes her job as role model to her two daughters, Keara and Emma.
May 6, 2011 |
The Olympics may be behind her, but gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is still all about being healthy and fit. Join a live Web chat with Yamaguchi on Monday at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT, 2 p.m. EDT) when she'll be talking about her new fitness DVD, "Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout," as well as offering tips on getting and staying in shape. We asked the skater and winner of the sixth season of "Dancing With the Stars" what motivational tips she'd like to pass on to others.
April 24, 2011 |
Exercise is more fun when you have a companion along -- like your dog. Join a live web chat on how to exercise with your pet on Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern). Our chat guest is Jackie Epping, a public health scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epping, who has five dogs and a cat, presented her paper "An Exercise Machine with Hair? How Dogs Can Increase Physical Activity" at the American College of Sports Medicine's recent meeting.
April 17, 2011 |
Is your body ready for summer? Join a live Web chat with fitness expert Denise Austin on Monday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern) about how to get in shape for swimming, surfing, hiking or just enjoying the great outdoors. We asked Austin how she incorporates stretching into her workouts. Stretching isn't everyone's favorite activity, but it can improve flexibility, making it easier to do everyday tasks. "Stretching can be done anytime, anywhere," she says.
March 17, 2011
UCLA professor Keisuke Iwamoto answered reader questions about the dangers of radiation exposure in a live Web chat Thursday. Iwamoto, a faculty member at UCLA's Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, studies radiation exposure and how it can lead to cancer. In his research, he also has analyzed donated tissue samples from Japanese atom bomb survivors. Here's the transcript of the chat (moderated by L.A. Times staff writer Jeannine Stein with help from reader engagement editor Martin Beck)
March 16, 2011 |
The radiation threat from Japan's nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the powerful quake and tsunami last Friday has raised concerns around the world. People wonder how radiation exposure might affect them and their loved ones. Here's an expert who can explain some basic facts and answer questions. Keisuke Iwamoto of the division of molecular and cellular oncology at UCLA will be featured in a live Web chat Thursday (4 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. CDT, 1 p.m. PDT). Iwamoto studied how the body responds to radiation exposure and how it can lead to cancer.