| 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
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman last week, apparently of a heroin overdose, says a lot about the epidemic of opiate abuse gripping the United States.
That epidemic, which I've spent the last year researching for a forthcoming book, is rooted in a...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 9:37 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the illnesses of children in three states in recent months that have been linked to Uncle Ben's infused rice served in schools.
The cluster of illnesses have affected children in Texas, Illinois and...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:14 PM
WASHINGTON — White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske on Tuesday called for making naloxone, a drug that has been highly effective at reversing heroin overdoses, more widely available to emergency-care providers and other first responders....
| Feb 11, 2014
| 1:12 PM
The company that produces some Uncle Ben's rice products has issued a recall of specific flavors after the rice was linked to complaints of rashes and flushing in Texas.
Children and teachers at three schools in Houston reported the symptoms, which...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 5:17 PM
Our kids may be consuming more caffeine than we realize. A new study finds that 73% of children and young adults in the United States have caffeine in their systems on any given day.
Over the last 10 years, the overall percentage of children and young...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 7:58 PM
WASHINGTON — Although U.S. intelligence officials have indicated since last summer that the National Security Agency was vacuuming up nearly every American telephone record for counter-terrorism investigations, officials acknowledged Friday that the...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON — CVS Caremark, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, a landmark decision that would make it the first national...
| 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 3, 2014
| 4:53 PM
Americans consume too much sugar, and our collective sweet tooth is killing us.
So says a study published Monday by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It finds that 71.4% of U.S. adults get more than the recommended 10% of their daily calories from...