| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:11 PM
CVS Caremark Corp.'s imminent exit from the cigarette and tobacco business — an unprecedented move for a major pharmacy company — is being cheered by many medical professionals and lawmakers as a triumph of corporate responsibility over the...
| Jan 21, 2014
Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:00 PM
It’s official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer.
The World Health Organization on Thursday declared air pollution a human carcinogen like tobacco smoke, asbestos and arsenic, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally.
| Jan 10, 2014
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking — the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills — was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Invasive lung cancer, still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, claimed fewer lives over the five-year period ending in 2009, says a report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Driven largely by the...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 1:14 PM
When Janet Rowley was accepted into the University of Chicago's medical school in 1944, the quota for women was already filled — three in a class of 65.
So she had to wait a year.
Dr. Rowley made up for that early setback by becoming an...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 5:39 PM
On a wet Saturday near Griffith Park, a dozen teenage girls shovel manure, trudge through mud and try to stay warm. But soon everyone perks up because another horse-riding lesson is about to begin.
The lessons are provided by Taking the Reins, a...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Mat Taylor, who was the girls' basketball coach at Los Angeles Fremont from 1987 through 1995 and was a highly regarded English teacher, died on Dec. 28 of lung cancer, family friend Phil Chase said. He was 60.
Taylor later coached at West Los Angeles...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy.
It's not "medically necessary," the insurer...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:40 PM
In the humid foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, deep within a carnivore's bloody lair, an early human ancestor fought a life-or-death struggle, and lost.
He had entered the den on a scavenging mission, possibly with several others. Their plan: Use a...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Get a flu shot to ward off a case of influenza, and as an added bonus you’ll reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke or other type of unpleasant “cardiovascular event,” a new study finds.
For some time, researchers have suspected...