| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:49 PM
The woman in the TV commercial is identified as Julie, a mother of two. She's sitting on a bench in a nice yard containing a kids' play structure. A little boy swings in the background.
"Two years ago," Julie says, "my son Caleb began having seizures....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:13 PM
Brian Davis is no stranger to surgery. Born with clubfeet, the 35-year-old Playa del Rey resident has endured multiple reconstructive foot surgeries over the years.
With an endless stream of medical procedures, doctor visits, hospital stays,...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:11 PM
In the hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in U.S. vs. Windsor and Hollingsworth vs. Perry, health groups chimed in support of the rulings -- and gay marriage.
American Psychological Assn. president Donald Bersoff said in a...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Abortion rights supporters may as well put away those champagne glasses.
Jubilation probably came a bit prematurely for those celebrating the demise of the Texas measure that would turn back the clock on reproductive rights.
While many thought...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Public schoolchildren have exactly one more school year to buy high-calorie sandwich cookies and sugary energy drinks from vending machines and snack bars at school.
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, public schools across the country will have to...
| Jun 23, 2013
Re "A problem with obesity advice," Letters, June 21
This letter perpetuates the stereotype that overweight people are just gluttons with no self-control.
In reality, obesity is a complex issue, involving biological, physiological and psychological...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:31 PM
There's a growing list of things that clearly do NOT work in helping someone who's carrying too much weight trim down. Shaming, teasing and hectoring stand a good chance of backfiring, and it remains to be seen whether treating obesity as a disease --...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:20 AM
Does it really matter if the medical establishment calls obesity a “disease” instead of a chronic health condition or a disorder?
It’s a question doctors and public health experts are considering in the wake of Tuesday’s vote...
| Jun 21, 2013
Re "Obesity to be viewed as a disease," June 19
The American Medical Assn.'s decision to classify obesity as a disease, obliging doctors to address their overweight patients' condition, may result in lightened patient loads — but at a high price....
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
The time in the operating room is perhaps the simplest part of weight loss surgery. That’s one message of a new documentary called “All of Me” that explores the complexity of what it’s like to be morbidly obese in America....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Is smoking a disease? Few of us would think so. It's a terribly unhealthful habit that can cause various fatal and chronic diseases, but it is not an illness unto itself. There are smokers who remain disease-free.
So it's hard for me to jump on board...