| Dec 27, 2013
| 7:06 AM
After the coffee. Before a dreaded trip to the DMV.
The Skinny: Did everyone have a nice Christmas? I saw "Anchorman 2," which was better than the trailer but about 30 minutes too long. I also watched five episodes of the new season of Showtime's...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Los Angeles County leaders once thought the world of Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
In a gilt-edged 1992 proclamation that still hangs behind Weinstein's desk, officials declared him "a dynamic and inspirational leader"...
| Jan 7, 2014
Contrary to what many consumers assume, a "natural" label on foods doesn't necessarily mean much. The Food and Drug Administration has never defined the term, though it says it doesn't object to its use to describe foods without added color, artificial...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:40 AM
It turns out America’s health fixation has been a boon for butter.
Consumption of the creamy spread hit a 40-year high in the U.S. in 2012 as more Americans turned to natural foods and rejected products heavy in trans fats like margarine....
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:23 PM
For generations, butter got a bad rap.
It was thought to be cloying, fattening, dangerous for your arteries, and it took a creaming from oil-based substitutes like margarine.
Now with the trans fats in those alternatives under fire, everyone from iron...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON — The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over...
| Jan 10, 2014
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking — the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills — was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 9:06 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that would force companies that make antibacterial soaps to prove that their products are effective and safe.
Federal regulators said that the two most common active ingredients in...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 7:55 PM
LOVELOCK, Nev. — For years, school nurse Deborah Pontius came to work with nits to pick. On some days in this isolated central Nevada town, she'd actually sift through the hair of students found with live head lice.
But something bigger bugged...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 7:54 PM
MannKind Corp. in Valencia is attempting to revolutionize the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with its first product: an inhaled form of insulin powder called Afrezza that would eliminate the need for most injections.
The company hopes to get...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 9:27 AM
In a move to address growing concerns about human resistance to antibiotics, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it plans to phase out the non-medical use of antibiotics on food animals.
The plan would rein in what’s believed to be...