| May 19, 2011
Jon Ronson is fascinated by people who are bonkers. And insane people who appear to be normal, and ostensibly sane people doing crazy things. The British journalist's book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" — about a secret U.S. military wing that hoped...
| Dec 11, 2010
Eight years ago she was a symbol of stolen innocence, snatched from her bedroom at age 14, chained up and raped for nine months before being rescued.
On Friday, Elizabeth Smart, now 23, symbolized something else in a federal courtroom in Salt Lake City...
| May 30, 2011
If you answered no, hooray for you! (And, by the way, what planet are you from?)
But if you answered yes (like any normal member of the human race), you're likely heartened by the arrival of vacation season. Just the ticket for a little...
| Jun 1, 2011
Dr. Leo Rangell, a leading psychoanalyst who argued forcefully that theoretical fads and factions threatened to erode consumer confidence in the field founded by Sigmund Freud more than 100 years ago, died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He...
| Feb 19, 2012
"I'm not sick; I'm only dying," a friend told Dr. William Lamers Jr. The man had inoperable cancer and wanted to go home to die, but his doctor wouldn't let him out of the hospital.
It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died...
| Nov 19, 2006
Resting on a hospital bed beneath a tie-dyed wall hanging, Pamela Sakuda felt a tingling sensation. Then bright colors started shimmering in her head.
She had been depressed since being diagnosed with colon cancer two years earlier, but as the...
| Oct 6, 2009
Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines now appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large...
| Oct 25, 2009
In the flat light of the grand jury room, a nervous, deeply embarrassed 13-year-old girl sat alone -- no attorney, no mother, no friend -- facing three tiers of middle-aged strangers silently studying her from their leather armchairs.
| Feb 10, 2010
After years of research, professional infighting and maneuvering from various interest groups, the nation's psychiatrists Tuesday unveiled proposed changes to the manual used to diagnose and treat mental disorders around the world.
The draft document,...
| Feb 1, 2010
| 9:32 PM
In the lives of young people at high risk for developing serious mental illness, heading off that first psychotic episode can mean a world of difference. A new study has found that for a year after it was completed,12 weeks......
| Mar 5, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The parents of Chelsea King said they will fight for changes in sex-offender laws as a result of their daughter's slaying. Chelsea, 17, was raped and killed, allegedly by a registered sex offender now in custody. She was last seen......