| Feb 25, 2014
| 6:19 AM
BEIJING – To mask or not to mask -- that is still a question.
A huge swath of northeast China -- more than 10% of the country’s landmass -- is again engulfed in toxic smog. Beijing’s air quality index, as measured by the U.S. Embassy,...
| 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 23, 2014
| 2:39 PM
A small number of children in California have come down with polio-like illnesses since 2012 -- suffering paralysis in one or more limbs and other symptoms -- and physicians and public health officials do not yet know why.
A virus may play a role,...
| 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 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
With several weeks or more remaining in a particularly deadly influenza season, U.S. health officials on Thursday urged flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women.
"Influenza can make anyone very sick, very fast and...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Infectious diseases linked to the colony collapse of honeybees appear to be spreading among wild bumblebees that pollinate crops worldwide, dealing a potential double blow to agriculture, according to a new study.
Studies at 26 sites in England found...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:53 AM
As if it weren’t bad enough to breathe already, a new study has detected traces of more than 1,300 species of microbes in some of Beijing’s most polluted air.
Most of the microbes detected by scientists were harmless bacteria that are...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:32 PM
State regulators cited a Bay Area-based adult film company over workplace safety violations, assessing fines of more than $78,000.
Cal-OSHA opened an investigation into San Francisco-based Kink Studios, which runs a network of sites, in August, in...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Up and down the West Coast, starfish are dying.
Casualties of a mysterious disease known as seastar wasting syndrome, they are dying in Alaska, deteriorating in San Diego and disappearing from long stretches in between.
Death from the disease is quick...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 7:55 AM
Bob Costas has been tearing up a lot lately.
The NBC sports broadcaster said so in a "Today" show phone interview Wednesday, blaming sensitivity to light due to a viral infection in both eyes.
We suspect, however, it might have something to do with...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 11:36 AM
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP on April 8, but there are still many users whose computers run the outdated software. That's why the company has asked tech-savvy users to encourage their friends to upgrade their computers or buy new ones....