| Jul 22, 2009
John Barry, the unpretentious Midwesterner who made a San Diego product called WD-40 into a national sensation by "breaking all the Harvard Business School rules," died July 3 at a skilled nursing facility in La Jolla of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84....
| Jan 3, 2010
Deborah Howell, 68, a former Washington Post ombudsman and veteran editor who helped lead two news organizations to three Pulitzer Prizes, died Saturday after being struck by a car while vacationing in New Zealand,...
| Apr 25, 2009
Dr. John Visher, a California psychiatrist whose struggle with remarriage issues led him to co-found a national organization to advocate for stepfamilies, died April 17 at his home in the Bay Area city of Walnut Creek. He was 88.
Visher had pancreatic...
| Sep 3, 2009
Vocalist sang with Elvis
Kitty White, 86, a versatile vocalist who sang "Crawfish" with Elvis Presley in the 1958 film "King Creole," died of complications from a stroke Aug. 11 at Palm Springs Health Care Center, her family said.
| Sep 23, 2009
Norman Katkov, a writer who started his long career crafting articles for newspapers and magazines and moved on to television scripts and novels, died Sept. 13 at his Los Angeles home of age-related causes, his son Richard said. He was 91.
| Feb 7, 2010
Ralph McInerny, a longtime professor of philosophy and medieval studies at the University of Notre Dame who also was a popular mystery writer best known for his Father Dowling series of novels, has died. He was 80.
McInerny died Jan. 29 at Our Lady of...
| Jun 24, 2010
Judge's opinions helped desegregate schools
Gerald Heaney, 92, a retired federal judge who wrote or helped write opinions that led to the desegregation of schools in St. Louis, Omaha and Little Rock, Ark., died Tuesday in Duluth, Minn. The...
| Apr 10, 2009
A small but growing number of women with a type of early breast cancer are choosing to have their healthy breasts removed to prevent the chance of recurrence, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota.
The vast majority of women with...
| Sep 28, 2009
The choice to remove a healthy breast in order to avoid breast cancer is a deeply personal decision that appears to be on the upswing in one group of women, according to a study published today in the journal Cancer.
Among women who had cancer in one...
| Mar 12, 2010
Most everyone plays mindlessly with their hair from time to time. But for some people it becomes such an uncontrollable compulsion that they end up with bald patches or eyebrows plucked bare.
If it's any comfort, animals too suffer from "grooming...
| Aug 31, 2009
America's sweet tooth is growing. Like many other mammals, we are hooked on sugar because it is packed with energy and our bodies have evolved ways of encouraging us to consume more of it.
The trouble is, foods and beverages with added sugars are...