| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Ireland pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt has agreed to acquire San Diego company Cadence Pharmaceuticals for about $1.3 billion in an effort to boost its specialty drugs portfolio.
Cadence, which commercializes drugs that are used in hospitals, is...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 10:32 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court became the first in the nation to rule that prospective jurors may not be excluded because of their sexual orientation, a decision that expands juror protections beyond race and gender and provides legal...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 5:22 PM
The U.S. abortion rate fell in 2011 to its lowest level since the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure, Roe vs. Wade, according to a new study.
Research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports abortion rights,...
| 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....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:53 AM
The two stories don’t seem to have much to do with each other at first look: a rise in diseases such as measles and whooping cough in places with cheap, available vaccines, and charter schools using public money to teach creationism.
| 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...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Few of us expect to find ourselves riding in the back of an ambulance, yet in 2012 nearly 600,000 people in Los Angeles County were transported to hospital emergency rooms. And that's just in response to 911 calls.
But how does it work? Where do they...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Certain types of cancer, particularly melanoma and breast cancer, metastasize by shedding malignant cells into the body's lymph system, where they travel to nearby lymph nodes and form new colonies. From there, the cells can spread to other organs,...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:26 PM
In Long Hill Township, N.J., authorities have used just about everything — divers, K-9 units, helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and scores of volunteers on horseback and on foot — to search for David Bird.
The Wall Street Journal reporter,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 6:45 PM
Kate Fodor’s clever if uneven comedy “Rx,” in its West Coast premiere at the Lost Studio under the direction of John Pleshette, has a great premise. The Schmidt pharmaceutical company is conducting clinical trials for a new drug, code...