| Sep 13, 2010
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
| Dec 13, 2010
I was deeply saddened with the Institute of Medicine report that we are a healthy nation in regard to our calcium and vitamin D intakes ["Sweeping Away the Hype About Vitamin D," Dec. 6]. As a physician keenly interested in my patients' nutrition status...
| Nov 22, 2010
It's frighteningly easy to drop a couple of hundred dollars on a holiday present. If you're considering spending big money on a health-related gift, you'll want to make sure that it will do something besides take up space in the gift bag.
| Feb 16, 2011
No other star of Hollywood's golden age continues to hold audiences in quite the way that Humphrey Bogart does.
The American Film Institute voted him the greatest male star of all time, and his influence as cultural icon and representative of a certain...
| Jan 17, 2011
I have heard that Viagra is effective for altitude sickness. Is this true?
Viagra is best known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. But there are reports that it has off-label uses in treating a number of other conditions, including pulmonary...
| Mar 28, 2011
Dorothea Puente, a notorious, grandmotherly Sacramento boarding house operator convicted in the 1990s of killing her tenants, died Sunday in a state prison in Chowchilla. She was 82.
Puente died of natural causes at the Central California Women's...
| May 1, 2011
Amulet Books: 359 pp., $16.95, ages 14 and up
When it comes to sex and drugs, teen interest and parental tolerance tend to run in opposite directions. Simultaneously titillating and taboo, alluring yet off-limits, underage...
| Jan 1, 2012
Only Shalom Auslander would call a novel "Hope: A Tragedy." But then, what else would you expect from an author whose last book, a memoir, was titled "Foreskin's Lament"? There, he recalled his Orthodox Jewish upbringing,...
| Feb 20, 2012
Now that we're deep into the cold and flu season, it's safe to assume that germs are hiding pretty much everywhere — the keypad at the grocery store checkout, the handrail on the bus, the air around that miserable-looking co-worker.
| Sep 18, 2009
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A handful of scientists, so to speak, say that washing your hands routinely may not be a good way to prevent transmission of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to an article in Newsweek. There is no question that sanitizing......
| Nov 18, 2009
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One of the biggest disappointments in AIDS research was the failure of Merck & Co.'s STEP trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, which was terminated prematurely in 2007 when it became apparent that the vaccine seemed to increase the number......