| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show graphic images of mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray.
Some of the inmates are being forced to comply...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 10:21 PM
HOUSTON — A federal appeals court allowed most of Texas' new abortion restrictions to take effect immediately, lifting an injunction Thursday that had suspended much of the law.
The decision came three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Obamacare may be in the spotlight, but an estimated 16 million California employees are facing healthcare decisions of their own — at work.
Like most other Americans, a majority of Californians get their insurance through their employers. Although...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:03 PM
The world's eighth-largest drug maker, Johnson & Johnson, has agreed to pay the U.S. government $2.2 billion to settle cases in which the government has alleged that the company and its subsidiaries promoted powerful psychiatric medications for uses not...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:20 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco city attorney on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Nevada on behalf of all California local governments where patients have allegedly been bused from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital in recent...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock treatment of their pain that can’t be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told physicians....
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:20 PM
The documentary "Fire in the Blood" details how, from 1996 to 2003, Western pharmaceutical companies acted along with U.S. and European governments to, in effect, keep low-cost, generic antiretroviral drugs out of the reach of poor, HIV/AIDS-afflicted...
| Sep 14, 2013
Is what we eat eating away at us? Millions of Americans have reflux disease, with symptoms ranging from annoying to dangerous, and experts believe our diet is a major factor.
Reflux is partly a matter of stomach acid moving upward to where it doesn't...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 5:33 PM
The Food & Drug Administration on Monday barred the import of any medications made at the premier manufacturing plant of one of the world's largest makers of generic medications, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.
The FDA cited Ranbaxy's failure to respond...
| Sep 17, 2013
Re "Taking aim at drug abuse," Sept. 16
Like virtually all other measures in California and across the nation that address the prescription drug crisis, the drug monitoring system called for in SB 809 focuses entirely on the supply side of the equation....
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:06 AM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" isn't true. It's only "inspired" by a true story. Screenwriter Danny Strong realized his limitations in constructing a script based on an article about former White House butler Eugene Allen, but rather than ditch the story...