| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:29 AM
Generic drug maker Actavis agreed to buy Forest Laboratories Inc. for about $25 billion to increase its focus on branded medicines.
Forest stockholders will receive cash and stock valued at $89.48 a share, the companies said Tuesday. That's 25% above the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Woody Allen will team with tenor Plácido Domingo in a revival of the director's Los Angeles Opera production of "Gianni Schicchi" that will be produced in Madrid. The production will be part of the Teatro Real's 2014-15 season, which was announced this...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Certain foods are believed to be aphrodisiacs, or foods that can help increase sexual drive and fertility. For instance, some would say a meal of oysters, with a glass of red wine and chocolate souffle, would be great for your libido, if not your...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Forget about tea and sympathy. How about tea and morphine?
Each of the opium wars launched by France and Britain in 19th century China was less a war on drugs than a war for drugs. The imperialist adventurers were after tea and morphine, and they got...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:26 PM
An Irish pharmaceutical company agreed to acquire Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. in San Diego for about $1.3 billion in an effort to boost its specialty drugs portfolio.
Dublin-based Mallinckrodt agreed to pay $14 a share for the company, a 26% premium...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Eighteen state legislatures, including California's, have considered exemptions to immunization mandates in the last several years — and the issue remains a topic of debate, researchers said Tuesday.
Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:25 AM
The health care products company Mallinckrodt is buying Cadence Pharmaceuticals for about $1.21 billion in a bid to strengthen its specialty drugs unit.
Cadence, based in San Diego, focuses on the commercialization of products for use in hospitals. It...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Nailing down the latest superfruit in vogue can be an elusive goal, a quest largely driven by modern marketing and, quite possibly, producers of television's "The Dr. Oz Show." Origins in advertising, not science, complicate the matter: The term...
| Feb 4, 2014
Doctors used to call influenza "knock-me-down" fever, and there was a reason for that. Anyone who's suffered through a bout of it knows the miseries: the headaches, the throat that feels scrubbed with sandpaper, the fever so high you're floating on the...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 1:54 PM
NEW YORK -- Sometimes the traffickers inject liquid heroin into jeans so they can ship the drug where it needs to go. Sometimes it's a fake coconut or bananas.
In a few cases, according to federal officials, heroin is injected into the bellies of dogs....
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:34 PM
Health authorities are recommending that UC Santa Barbara students be inoculated against a strain of meningitis that infected several young adults at the seaside campus and caused an outbreak at Princeton University.
University officials said Friday...