| 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...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:09 PM
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough.
Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Más de 90 ballenas han quedado atascadas en las playas de Florida en los últimos dos meses —casi tres veces el promedio, asombrando así a los biólogos marinos y dejándoles la incógnita de un posible común denominador.
La serie de frentes fríos que...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 7:45 AM
In the public libraries of Seattle (as in most public libraries), patrons are not allowed to eat or sleep (or even appear to be sleeping) or be shirtless or barefoot or have bad body odor or talk too loudly — because other patrons might be...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:36 PM
In light of what's starting to look like a surge of measles cases spread by unvaccinated carriers, Hastings Law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss offers some welcome insights into the legal rights of unvaccinated children.
The first two installments...
| 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...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 4:58 PM
The daily broadcast of medical reports, scientific studies and sociological statistics can cause your ears to ring.
Sometimes a report will contradict the findings of another issued just days earlier. More often, compelling snapshots of the American...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:54 PM
Comedienne turned Playboy centerfold turned autism advocate Jenny McCarthy may not have a medical degree like Dr. Mehmet Oz. But she has publicly embraced some medical opinions that are even more flimsily supported by scientific evidence than some of...
| 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).
| Oct 21, 2012
HONOLULU — Palace intrigue? Check. Royal rapscallions? Some. Kings and queens and gorgeous things? You'll find those too.
You thought we were speaking of Britain, perhaps? Well, no, although Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:03 PM
A man travels to Indonesia and contracts the measles. He then visits a church in Texas, sickening 21 people — at least so far. Who should feel responsible? The unvaccinated man who contracted the disease or the ministers at the church who’ve...