| Aug 4, 2011
| 7:50 PM
Antidepressants, now the third-most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States, are routinely offered to patients with vague complaints of fatigue, pain and malaise but who are not classified as suffering from a mental disorder by the...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 6:22 PM
In the United States and Europe, antiretroviral drugs have changed HIV infection from an early death sentence to a lifelong but manageable condition. Many international philanthropies have contended that these medications could do the same in poor...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 4:24 PM
A new study finds that nearly 40% of high-tech imaging scans conducted in the course of research reveal an unexpected abnormality that could be medically worrisome. These unsought discoveries -- known as "incidental findings" -- confront researchers with...
| May 9, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Children who are brought to a hospital's emergency department after a blow to the head are often rushed into a CT scanner so physicians can rule out dangerous bleeding in the brain. But when emergency doctors wait to see if a child's dizziness, nausea,...
| Nov 22, 2010
Healthcare has long been one of the most reliable generators of new jobs in California. But a lousy economy has caught up with an industry once considered virtually immune to downturns.
The sector, which employs about 1 in 10 Californians, has stalled at...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 3:28 PM
The makers of the miracle toxin that erases frown lines by paralyzing facial muscles won the Food and Drug Administration's blessing on Friday to market Botox for the prevention of chronic migraine headaches. The FDA's decision expands the potential...
| Jul 23, 2010
| 12:33 PM
A long-term study shows that Latinos have a much higher rate of certain vision disorders. Now, on the heels of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study, free eye health screenings will be offered in the city.
The EyeSmart EyeCheck screening targeting Latinos was...
| Nov 23, 2010
| 12:33 PM
As you gaze across the bountiful Thanksgiving offerings on your table this year, be grateful for the life-extending benefits of orange. Orange as in alpha-carotene. Orange as in pumpkin, carrots and squash, the foods richest in this phytonutrient. A study...
| Sep 26, 2011
| 4:18 PM
Compared with uncaffeinated women, those who drank the equivalent of four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and less likely to volunteer their time in church or community groups. But a new study finds...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 1:43 PM
If your blood pressure spikes when you're in the doctor's office, you probably have what's called white-coat syndrome, a stress response to being in a clinical setting. You're not alone--some greyhound dogs may have it as well.
A study finds that retired...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 8:29 AM
A welter of medications sold over the counter and by prescription can spell fast relief from the churning discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn, and the class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors has grown powerfully popular with Americans. But...