| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:33 PM
So much for the argument that a gun in the house makes you safer. And it’s especially not true for women.
Atlantic Cities has a roundup piece Monday of recent studies of gun ownership and violence. It concludes that women living in homes in...
| Feb 16, 2014
Could you have low testosterone?
That's the question Abbott Laboratories (now AbbVie) has been urging men to consider with its "Is It Low T?" awareness campaign, a highly effective effort to change how doctors and the public think about managing aging...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it's a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot?
President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Americans love their doctors. But Michele Monserratt-Ramos says love isn't always enough. When it comes to choosing a medical professional, she says, information is power.
As a patient advocate and Torrance-based activist for open records, she...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:56 PM
FRESNO — On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.”
This winter, though, the most polluted on record,...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems.
The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:43 PM
People who have ready access to a firearm are almost twice as likely to be killed and three times likelier to commit suicide than those without a gun available in the home or from a neighbor or friend, a new study has concluded.
Though men and women...
| Jan 3, 2014
Since its inception more than a century ago, modern medical education has undergone a series of quiet revolutions, stretching and scaling to accommodate advances in biomedical science. Yet this comprehensive expansion in one critical area masks a relative...
| Jan 5, 2014
Re "Taking a pledge to stay safe," Column, Jan. 1
The vast majority of patients in emergency rooms seek care appropriately. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 92% of all emergency patients need treatment in two to 24...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Are you among the more than 70 million American adults who should be discussing the possibility of statin therapy with a physician to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke? For many, the answer may come as a surprise.
Getting that answer is...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Shopping for doctors is never easy. This year, the state's new health exchange seems to be making it tougher than ever.
Ask Ron Harris of West Hollywood. At age 62, he is looking to use Covered California to get a policy that lets him keep a handful...