| Feb 1, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The problems in La Habra Heights started with llama poop.
Phil and Aida Lough were so convinced their eco-friendly fertilizer — Llama Brew — was their ticket to success that they tried to entice investors on ABC's reality show, "The Shark...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:19 PM
The cause of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death remained a mystery Wednesday after an autopsy proved inconclusive, officials said.
The New York City medical examiner's office said any ruling on the cause would have to wait for toxicology...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Two biological therapies designed to improve the clearance of sticky plaques from the brains of those with Alzheimer's disease have failed to slow the steady loss of cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate forms of the degenerative disorder....
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Experts are urging doctors to ease up on using medications to control blood pressure in older patients. Rather than aim for a target blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, the target will be relaxed slightly to 150/90 mm Hg, according to new guidelines issued...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:07 PM
It may be no surprise to snifflers stuck in doctor's office waiting rooms: The 2013-2014 influenza season appears to be picking up steam earlier than most flu seasons.
On Friday, state and Los Angeles County health officials reported "sharp increases"...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The old line about a lie traveling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on certainly applies to the supposed link between autism and the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine-- in spades.
Aaron Carroll, the pediatrician and medical...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
A couple of...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Men may want to double down on a healthy diet and clean living in the months before procreation, according to a study that suggests a father’s vitamin B9 deficiency may contribute to birth defects in offspring.
The findings, published online...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:50 PM
West Virginians saw signs of hope Sunday even as 300,000 people spent a fourth day under orders not to use their tap water after a chemical spill.
"I believe we’re at a point where we see light at the end of the tunnel," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:44 AM
Ending a practice that some say creates a conflict of interest, British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday it would end its practice of paying doctors to promote its drugs.
Glaxo, maker of drugs such as the antidepressant Paxil, also...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Generic Viagra will hit the market more than two years earlier than expected under a settlement reached by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and the maker of the impotence drug, Pfizer Inc.
Teva can enter the market on Dec. 11, 2017, and will pay...