| 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 23, 2014
| 3:55 PM
BARANOVKA, Russia — Nestled into a hill overlooking the Black Sea, the PovoDog shelter provides sanctuary to more than 120 strays who were lucky enough to escape the life-threatening streets of Sochi.
Some have matted fur and bald patches. A few...
| 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 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 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is bringing attention to the growing use of heroin in the U.S. as well as an alarming rise in drug-overdose deaths.
The cause of death for Hoffman, found in his apartment Sunday, isn't official, but police say...
| 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 20, 2014
| 12:43 PM
With 405 reports of severe influenza cases -- deaths, or hospitalizations requiring intensive care -- 2013-2014 is shaping up to be the most severe since 2009's swine flu pandemic, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
| 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 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population — about 17.6 million people — is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report...
| 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...