| Feb 2, 2015
| 4:27 PM
Participating in the extended game of "Telephone" that is the Internet, the news site Vox has unearthed a report of a public appearance by then-Sen. Barack Obama to suggest that he "pandered" to anti-vaccination groups by acknowledging a vaccine-autism...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 6:20 PM
Last year saw more U.S. measles cases than in any other year in nearly the last quarter century, and 2015 isn't looking a whole lot better, after someone at Disneyland infected people who infected other people in what has become a seven-state outbreak....
| Oct 18, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Last year, I interviewed both Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the virus that causes AIDS, and Dr. Alfred Sommer, whose work on vitamin A deficiency is credited with saving millions of lives around the world. Without prompting, both men expressed...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 1:18 PM
The most shocking and disheartening story you'll read in the Los Angeles Times today may be our piece on the stunning decline in vaccination rates among California's kindergarten-age children.
Kids are coming to school with immunization exemptions at...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Marking Friday as World Polio Day, the Council on Foreign Relations has released an updated map showing the global prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases. The map was first released in 2011. We commend Laurie Garrett of the CFR for her work pulling...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 10:08 AM
Few scientific achievements have had as swift and dramatic effect — and been surrounded by as much myth — as the development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday.
Salk, who died in 1995, is remembered...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Nurse Kaci Hickox is still at large, despite efforts by two governors to put her back in captivity.
As such, she has become a threat to public health or a hero to the cause of freedom, science and good sense, depending on your point of view.
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Oct 25, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
For better and for worse, “The Sessions” has “crowd-pleaser” written all over it.
The dramedy, which won the audience award and a special jury prize for ensemble acting at Sundance this year, engineers a small...
| Oct 25, 2012
In 1990 the writer Mark O'Brien contributed an article for the literary magazine The Sun called "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate." A survivor of childhood polio, the substantially disabled O'Brien spent much of his sleeping and waking hours confined to an...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 4:07 AM
There are plenty of actors in Hollywood who are notoriously difficult to work with on set, but William H. Macy has never appeared to be one of them — or so it seemed. The “Fargo” and “Seabiscuit” actor, nicknamed “Howdy...