| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:25 AM
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the United States is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of pertussis in 50 years. In 2012, there were more than 41,000 reported cases and 18 deaths in the U.S., with more than...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Scientists believe a virus similar to measles in humans is responsible for an accelerating die-off in bottlenose dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Since July 1, 333 dead dolphins have washed ashore from North Carolina to New York, 10 times normal...
| Aug 21, 2013
About 50 percent of Americans use alternative medicine — and 10 percent use it on their children, according to Paul Offit, author of the new book, "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine." (HarperCollins).
| Aug 17, 2013
For acclaimed mystery novelist Martha Grimes, the witches' caldron that nearly proved her undoing didn't contain the usual eye of newt and toe of frog.
Instead, it held 10 parts gin or sometimes vodka, a splash of vermouth, lemon peel, olive and onion....
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:45 AM
I guess when you grow up in a time when vaccinations were very, very important you just don't understand parents these days that don't get their children vaccinated against diseases that can kill them.
The recent Associated Press story about Michigan...
| Aug 10, 2013
Across the country, preschools and elementary schools are declaring themselves nut free or peanut free, asking families not to pack lunch foods that could pose life-threatening dangers to highly allergic children. And the prohibitions are expanding beyond...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Dan Rodricks is right on with his article about doing better for at-risk kids than foster care ("Getting to Baltimore's at-risk kids," June 30).
However, the only surefire remedy for abused and neglected kids is to prevent their being born to 11-13- and...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 9:22 PM
Two visitors from Europe are suspected of falling ill with measles in Ventura County, prompting public health officials to remind the public to get vaccinated.
Health authorities said one of the visitors was confirmed to have measles, and the other is...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 11:17 AM
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Public health officials and doctors who worry that not enough Michigan children are immunized against diseases must combat a trend not helpful to their cause: More parents are simply refusing to get their kids vaccinated....
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Seven bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead on Maryland shores in recent weeks, part of a larger mystery along the Mid-Atlantic coast, where alarmed scientists are working to find the cause of more than 120 dolphin deaths since June.
The seven dolphin...