| 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
| 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 18, 2014
| 5:53 AM
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Joergen Graabak broke away from a five-man group with about 100 meters left in the cross-country race to give Norway a one-two finish in the Nordic combined large hill event Tuesday at the Sochi Olympics.
In steady rain,...
| 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 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....