| Jan 28, 2014
| 1:51 PM
A crushing medical bill can cause money problems not just for a cash-strapped patient but for his or her entire family. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than one in four U.S. families recently experienced a...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:33 PM
Influenza-related illness has killed 147 Californians under age 65 this season, including 17 people in Los Angeles County and one in Long Beach, state health officials have confirmed.
The toll is unusually high: At the same point last year, only 14...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:34 PM
Health authorities are recommending that UC Santa Barbara students be inoculated against a strain of meningitis that infected several young adults at the seaside campus and caused an outbreak at Princeton University.
University officials said Friday...
| 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 31, 2014
| 10:41 AM
State health officials reported Friday that flu deaths in California have reached 147 this flu season, with an additional 44 deaths under investigation as likely flu-related. Four of the confirmed deaths were of children.
Seventeen deaths occurred in...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:12 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants teenagers to know the “real cost” of smoking – and it’s not measured in dollars. Teens who pick up a cigarette habit will wind up paying with their skin, their teeth and even their...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Confirmed influenza deaths of Californians under the age of 65 reached 202 this week, state health officials said, with 26 deaths confirmed in Los Angeles County.
Speaking with reporters Friday, California Department of Public Health communicable...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 8:19 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced a one-month cease-fire in a move that could revive stalled peace talks with Pakistan's government.
The militant group's announcement came hours after two roadside bombs killed 11 security...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Two relatives of a UC Berkeley student with measles have also contracted the disease, Bay Area health officials said Friday.
The relatives, identified only as men in their 20s and 30s, voluntarily quarantined in their Contra Costa County homes after the...
| Feb 27, 2014
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a...
| Feb 25, 2014
Re "As flu passes, new threat rises," Feb. 22
The Times reports on a new outbreak of measles in California, with nearly half of those affected having opted against childhood vaccination by using the state's personal beliefs exemption.
Like the flu,...