The crash is currently under investigation

Los Angeles Lakers Fans Gather at Staples Center to Mourn Kobe

## ## The Lakers family is mourning the loss of a legend.

On Sunday, Jan. 26 Kobe Bryantdied in a helicopter accident at the age of 41. According to multiple reports, he was just one of nine people who were riding in the helicopter when it crashed in the city of Calabasas, Calif. It is believed there are no other survivors. The crash is currently under investigation.

It’s been mere hours since the accident occurred, but friends, family and fans are already mourning the death of the basketball star. In photos taken this afternoon, a crowd has already gathered outside the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. A makeshift altar has been set up and has flowers, candles and Lakers memorabilia surrounding it.

Many of the individuals who are gathered at the stadium are wearing their Lakers jerseys.

Unfortunately, Kobe’s death coincides with the Grammy Awards, which is taking place at the Staples Center. “As a reminder, the area around the Staples Center is closed due to the Grammys fans will not be able to access the arena,” the official Twitter for the LAPD shared.

In a statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he shared, “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.”

He continued, “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All Star selections and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”

“We send out heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world,” his statement concluded.

Many stars from the NBA have taken to social media to share their condolences with Kobe’s family during this difficult time. Dwyane Wadesimply said on Twitter, “Noooo God please No!”

The tricky part is that one size does not fit all

Mastering Menopause

Everybody knows about hot flashes. And then there’s the mood swings. Night sweats did you know that burning tongue syndrome can be a menopause related issue and is highly treatable? So is brain fog, restless leg syndrome and a whole lot more.

Women “going through the change” often don’t realize those symptoms are part of the package deal that is menopause. They often just cope and hope their troublesome tribulations will fade away.

Drs. Teresa Whitley, Lauren Weber and Michelle Katzaroff have all earned their certifications as menopause practitioners through the North American Menopause Society and are ready to help menopausal women do more than cope. They are up to date with the latest research on hormonal and non hormonal treatments.

“We want to find the best treatment for each woman. The tricky part is that one size does not fit all,” says Dr. Whitley. “Their problems are different, and the solutions are different.”

Dr. Weber agrees. “We can’t help them if they don’t speak up. We encourage women to come and talk about their concerns. Women going through menopause do not need to suffer in silence. In many cases, we can offer relief.”

## ## “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the effects of estrogen,” says Dr. Katzaroff. “Many women don’t realize that getting help can be as easy as a trip to their local pharmacy.”

Some of the lesser known symptoms of menopause:

Hair loss, skin changes

Sleep disturbances, restless leg syndrome, snoringPainful sex

Brain fog (difficulty concentrating)

Crawling skin sensation

Burning tongue syndrome

And although not a symptom of menopause, these physicians all encourage women experiencing post menopausal bleeding to come in for a consultation.

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