| Jul 19, 2013
This year marks the 50th anniversary of routine newborn screening in the United States. Since 1963, tens of millions of babies have had blood drawn from their heels to be tested for rare diseases.
The program has unquestionably prevented tragedies....
| Aug 13, 2013
| 11:50 AM
In another delay for the federal healthcare law, some employers will have until 2015 to comply with new limits on out-of-pocket medical spending for consumers.
Federal regulators notified group health plans earlier this year that some would have an...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 3:13 PM
With no cure in hand for Alzheimer's disease, many ask why someone would necessarily want an early diagnosis. But research continues to focus on detecting the earliest signs of dementia, and on the factors that give rise to some dementias or fuel their...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 1:16 PM
This post has been corrected, as noted below.
When it took up the issue of patents on human genes, the Supreme Court seemed torn by two conflicting interests: the long-standing principle that products of nature can't be patented, and the commercial...
| Aug 9, 2013
On a recent doctor's visit, a compelling health video was looping in the reception room. It incorporated many of the accepted rules for achieving a healthy weight. The motivational video, tailored to the doctor's clientele, illustrated simple ways to...
| Aug 13, 2013
Re "Take your shots, L.A.," Opinion, Aug. 11
Dr. Nina Shapiro is right on in lamenting the sorry state of childhood immunization in California because of the state's misguided "personal beliefs" opt-out provision. "Personal beliefs " are little...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:31 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House provisionally approved tough new abortion restrictions Tuesday night, making good on a third attempt to pass the measure this year.
Activists on both sides of the issue had descended on the Capitol, and the...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:40 PM
A small O.C.-based company that rushed to offer genetic testing for breast cancer risk, fresh out of a Supreme Court ruling that human genes can’t be patented, is now caught in a new legal battle over its methodology.
Ambry Genetics and Houston-...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 2:33 PM
The numbers of kids 15 and under who got hurt riding all terrain vehicles (ATVs) went up 35% between 2001 and 2004 — but then fell 37% between 2004 and 2010, a team of researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Word that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel disappointed Dark Knight fans, who took […]...