| Aug 25, 2012
| 2:53 PM
As I begin this column, it is Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 22. I have been alive 20,873 days, if my math is correct, and I hope to add to the tally.
But the knees I was born with will not be joining me for the rest of the trip.
The clock ticks. The surgeon...
| Sep 13, 2012
The robot, sitting quietly in a corner, suddenly hums to life and rolls down the hospital corridor on three wheels. Perched atop the sleek machine is a monitor showing the smiling face of Dr. Paul Vespa, the physician who's piloting the rover from miles...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 5:00 AM
I was at a party recently where a young father was getting a lot of attention as he spooned baby food into the mouth of his 6-month-old son. Several men were gathered around, enjoying the antics of the baby boy, who giggled with every bite.
Only a few...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 8:15 AM
After a growth spurt over the past few years, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has hit its stride as the leader in blood, guts and gore in Southern California. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood...
| Jul 22, 2012
| 9:13 PM
MAVELA, South Africa — Her grandmother was an alcoholic and her mother was a prostitute, strangled by a client. The child of another of her mother's customers, Nicolene Marx grew up in a poor Durban neighborhood with scant hope of escaping.
| Feb 18, 2012
| 5:38 PM
The hospice nurse said on Tuesday that my father could be gone within 24 hours. It was no surprise. He'd been bedridden for days, and on the list of 10 signs that death is near, he had six or seven.
And so I headed north, to the Bay Area, to be with my...
| Feb 20, 2012
If Facebook is any indication, new parents love to take photos of their partners happily dozing with a sleeping baby. But while this moment may be picturesque, how safe is it?
The practice of having infants sleep in the same bed as mom and dad is known...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:16 PM
Almost half of all babies born in the United States -- 47.2% to be exact -- are still breastfeeding at 6 months, and the rate at which mothers are initiating breastfeeding of their newborns has had its highest jump in a decade, the Centers for Disease...
| May 10, 2012
| 1:30 PM
"Mad Men" actress January Jones ate her placenta (to be fair, dried and made into a pill). Alicia Silverstone chews up veggies and deposits them mama-bird-style into her baby son's mouth. And model Gisele Bundchen says her diaper-free son was toilet...
| Nov 23, 2012
It's a day late, but I'll tell you what I'm thankful for.
I'm thankful that I'm no longer in the hospital.
Thankful that our healthcare system, which I've criticized pretty heavily, is a marvel of medical technology and expertise.
| May 10, 2011
| 4:35 AM
Happy Mothers Day. Belated, I know, but what better Mothers Day present than a new episode of ‘Nurse Jackie?’ She is, as her cocoa mug proclaims, the world’s greatest mom. On top of having two daughters of her own, Jackie......