| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Chinese health authorities have identified a brand-new type of bird flu that killed an elderly woman in November and infected at least one other person in January.
That trend prompted the experts to call for stepped-up surveillance to track the new...
| Dec 26, 2013
Of all the notable year-end phenomena cited in this column and others, only one rose to the level of prominence and annoyance that I'd define as Biggest Conversational Irritant of 2013: the abuse and misuse of the word "humble."
Make that the entire...
| Dec 29, 2013
In 1963, the Supreme Court established a rule of evidence that is now well known to viewers of television courtroom dramas. In Brady vs. Maryland, it held that prosecutors must turn over to defense attorneys evidence favorable to the accused and "material...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 1:59 PM
A group of big food companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than it did in 2007, an independent evaluator said Thursday in a report on the pledge manufacturers made to First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to end...
| 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...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:58 PM
The 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" epidemic killed up to 203,000 people across the globe -- a death toll 10 times greater than initially estimated by the World Health Organization, researchers say.
In a study published Tuesday in the journal Plos Medicine,...
| Dec 1, 2013
I saw my first AIDS case in 1981, the year the disease was identified. And for most of the time since then, I've conducted laboratory research to better understand the precise mechanisms by which the virus HIV causes AIDS.
Lately, however, I've been...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 8:00 AM
This past summer, in a small village outside of Phnom Penh, not far from the Mekong River, I met an 8-year-old boy named Basil. He couldn't stop laughing, playing, racing around the village like any boy his age.
Visiting him meant something special to...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock treatment of their pain that can’t be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told physicians....
| Sep 15, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Behind the Candelabra
HBO, $19.97; Blu-ray, $24.99
One of the best movies Steven Soderbergh has made in years, the HBO telepic "Behind The Candelabra" stars Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, a dog-trainer who in the late '70s became the romantic partner of...
| Oct 15, 2013
Similar populations living in different regions of the United States get exposed to wildly different amounts of medical care.
If that sounds like an old story, it is. It's now four decades old. But it is an important story to reflect on as we consider...