| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Everyone knows that squalor -- the kind most of the chickens people eat suffer before being slaughtered -- is a paradise for pathogens like salmonella. Disease microbes thrive in densely populated, dank, sunless places. To minimize the spread of...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 8:02 AM
It's not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC's hit zombie […]...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:34 PM
A 20-year-old woman in Taiwan has achieved the dubious distinction of being the first patient known to have been sickened by a strain of bird flu known as H6N1.
The woman, who became ill in May, appears to have made a full recovery, according to a...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:08 PM
As if the fiery rash and painful blisters of shingles were not punishment enough, the average patient who suffers a resurgence of the dormant chickenpox virus known as herpes zoster -- or shingles -- has a higher risk of heart attack or mild stroke two...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:07 PM
It may be no surprise to snifflers stuck in doctor's office waiting rooms: The 2013-2014 influenza season appears to be picking up steam earlier than most flu seasons.
On Friday, state and Los Angeles County health officials reported "sharp increases"...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 10:54 AM
WASHINGTON — Since hundreds of same-sex couples already have married in Utah, there is no urgent need for the Supreme Court to intervene now in the legal battle, lawyers for gay couples told the justices.
They were responding to an emergency...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Few actors can play a grifter and a good ol' boy with the laid-back precision of Matthew McConaughey. Between the sidewinder glances, the sardonic grin and that slippery Texas drawl, he uses irony, edge and considerable charm to move us into taking his...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Antibacterial soap is great stuff — if you’re talking about just plain old regular soap. Because all soap combats bacteria. It doesn’t need germ-killing chemicals added to do that. The difference is that regular soap doesn’t act so...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:26 PM
A mosquito-borne virus usually restricted to Africa and Asia has been detected for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, with 10 confirmed cases on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, U.S. authorities have warned.
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Had Steve Jobs commissioned a song, it would have felt like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Modern but ageless. Sleek, streamlined, memorable and futuristic.
"We're up all night to get some, we're up all night for good fun," Pharrell optimistically declares,...
| Dec 21, 2013
Re "What Snowden started," Column, Dec. 18
Although enforcement of his decision is pending appeal, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's ruling that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is probably...