| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:45 AM
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage." The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Stephen J. Blackwood is utterly, unalterably convinced that his mother has lost access to her cancer medicine because of Obamacare.
That's the theme of his passionate op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal. The piece currently tops the most-read list over...
| 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,...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:36 PM
In light of what's starting to look like a surge of measles cases spread by unvaccinated carriers, Hastings Law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss offers some welcome insights into the legal rights of unvaccinated children.
The first two installments...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:40 PM
Just as California's record-setting flu season seems to be fading, with 278 deaths confirmed as of Friday, health officials warned that another infectious and sometimes deadly virus has arrived — measles.
Fifteen Californians have come down with...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:18 PM
[UPDATE: This post has been updated as explained below.]
In yet another sign of the perils and irresponsibility of the anti-vaccination movement, thousands of riders of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system are being warned that they may have been exposed...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Bay Area officials say scores of commuters and other residents may have recently been exposed to measles after a UC Berkeley student who has the virus attended classes and took public transit.
The student, who was not identified, took a Bay Area Rapid...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up.
"By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been," Gates wrote in his annual letter chronicling the work of the Bill & Melinda...
| 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.