| Oct 23, 2013
So far this year, more than 300 people have gotten sick from bacteria called Salmonella heidelberg. Almost three-quarters of them live in California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that chicken produced in three Central...
| Oct 17, 2013
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 killed 583,135 Americans, according to public health authorities at the time.
Although we no longer suffer such a high rate of flu deaths, during a non-pandemic season, flu still kills on average thousands each year...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
METAIRIE, La. — The strippers were gyrating and the smoke machine was spewing its vaporous mist, but Matthew McConaughey just kept on staring straight ahead.
Gaunt and mustachioed, the actor called for another shot of Johnnie Walker — if...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, will be phased out by the end of the year to comply with international treaties intended to protect the the ozone layer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement, which is part of an...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:24 PM
A pair of Colorado brothers have been arrested on charges connected to a deadly outbreak of contaminated cantaloupes, the 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people, federal officials said Thursday.
Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested on misdemeanor...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines for marketing drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor for uses they weren't approved for, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.
The settlement, one the largest...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 8:47 AM
WASHINGTON — In a surprise victory for defenders of abortion rights, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Oklahoma’s appeal of a state law that would have effectively prevented doctors from prescribing two drugs commonly used to induce...
| Nov 2, 2013
Not so much a typical candidate for Botox, except that I have a face like a garden glove — sun-baked and ripped by boot and fist. If Levi Strauss made faces, I'd be a 42 regular. And stone-washed.
Don't mean to brag, that's just the face I have....
| 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...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Thoughtless use of antibiotic medications continues to promote the growth of drug-resistant superbugs in the U.S., threatening doctors' ability to combat infections, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
| Aug 25, 2013
| 8:55 PM
After being spurned two months ago, biotech giant Amgen Inc. said it has reached a $10.4-billion deal for Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has developed a promising drug to fight blood cancer.
Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, will pay $125 per share for...