| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:17 PM
If a back-to-school shopping list is the only list you've made for your child, you may want to get out another clipboard.
Doctors are recommending that parents accomplish items on a health to-do checklist before the first day of school so that their...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 1:40 PM
The use of an improperly mixed vaccine in a measles-immunization campaign apparently led to the deaths this week of at least 15 infants in a rebel-held corner of Syria, a preliminary investigation has found.
As many as 75 children may have been injected...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 4:30 PM
To the editor: I cannot agree more with Margaret Harmon: Vaccination is the best way to keep everyone safe from potentially devastating diseases. ("Measles is back: a mother's warning," Op-Ed, Sept. 13)
The odds of a child suffering ill effects from a...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Russia: With at least four volcanoes in the far eastern region of Kamchatka continuing to show signs of increased activity, officials have warned of possible eruptions. Because ash plumes from the volcanoes could pose a risk to air traffic, the...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
I know that parents worry about whether vaccines are safe for their children. But they should also consider the dangers of not vaccinating, which is why I'm telling my family's story.
In 1970, on a Fulbright cultural exchange, my husband and I moved...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 7:34 PM
Maureen Viereck arrived at Dr. Bob Sears' Dana Point office with her 4-year-old son, having driven from San Diego to meet the pediatrician and discuss her concerns about vaccines.
She worries that immunizations cause health problems, and friends had...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Debuting Tuesday as part of the PBS series "American Experience," "The Poisoner's Handbook" offers a fascinating look back at how the chemical age changed police work.
Based on Deborah Blum's 2010 book "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:31 AM
The largest dolphin die-off in Virginia history is a puzzle for researchers and the topic of an upcoming VIMS lecture.
Margaret Lynott, manager of the Stranding Response Program at the Virginia Aquarium, will address the stranding epidemic at 7 p.m....
| Jan 14, 2014
| 4:26 PM
If public speaking is as great a fear as they say, I just met the bravest people in Burbank.
These are the Toastmasters, and twice a month they grab fear by its sweat-stained collar and they pull it in close and scream in its face.
I joined this...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've read that someday it may be possible for doctors to use viruses to cure cancer. How does it work? What types of cancer could it affect?
ANSWER: A considerable amount of research is currently underway that's examining the use of...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
A couple of...