| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:48 AM
That was fast. Less than three months after a state law requiring chefs and bartenders to wear gloves took effect, one of its sponsors wants a do-over. Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has introduced emergency legislation to replace the...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 8:42 PM
A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.
The proposed ordinance, now heading to the full...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 11:08 PM
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday.
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Few people in West Virginia had any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant.
Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
"Helix," which begins Friday on Syfy, arrives under the flag of executive producer Ronald D. Moore, the re-creator of "Battlestar Galactica."
It's a step back for the network toward Moore's dark and deep drama from the semi-comical fantasies, C-movies...
| Dec 12, 2013
Finally, meaningful new guidelines have been written to stem the overuse of antibiotics on livestock. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed new animal-husbandry practices that would phase out the routine use of medications such as...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Mercury levels in women’s blood are dropping, and not because they’re eating less fish, a new study says.
Instead, women appear to be eating smarter and choosing less contaminated varieties of seafood, according to a study released this week...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:09 PM
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough.
Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Experts are urging doctors to ease up on using medications to control blood pressure in older patients. Rather than aim for a target blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, the target will be relaxed slightly to 150/90 mm Hg, according to new guidelines issued...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Middle-aged men who consume an average of more than 2½ alcoholic drinks per day accelerate the rate at which their memories decline by almost six years over a 10-year span, says a new study. And while a higher consumption of spirits such as vodka, gin,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 1:41 PM
The number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs is set to double under new guidelines unveiled Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn.
The goal of prescribing statins to as many as 70 million people is...