| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up.
"By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been," Gates wrote in his annual letter chronicling the work of the Bill & Melinda...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
It's been half a century since the first U.S. surgeon general's report appeared linking smoking to lung cancer. In the decades that followed, federal and state health officials waged a vigorous public information and education campaign that convinced...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Barry Considine still has to buy marijuana illegally, as he has since he first asked around a biker bar for it to help treat his post-polio syndrome. Ken Kopper still fears another possession arrest for using it to ease chronic pain resulting from a...
| May 6, 2014
It seems the "anti-vaccine" movement is still alive and well and has become a hot topic on Twitter and Facebook again. Unfortunately, much of what I've read on these sites seems to be inaccurate and based on a lot of emotion and very little science....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:00 PM
How much are childhood vaccines worth to America? Nearly $1.7 trillion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That dollar figure represents the net savings of 20 years’ worth of vaccines administered to American children...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Wednesday is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. We also announced the development of an effective HIV blood test and the capacity to continuously produce the...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 6:18 PM
GENEVA — A deal hammered out to aid trapped residents of the war-battered Syrian city of Homs appeared threatened Monday, as rebels demanded a cease-fire and relief supplies before anyone was allowed to evacuate.
The plan to facilitate the safe...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 4:38 PM
I have written about my brother LeRoy periodically over the years in my Daily Pilot column. I am sorry to say he passed away at the age of 79 on March 12 from complications of polio, which he contracted in 1952.
LeRoy graduated from St. Louis Park...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:50 PM
In the fall of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:52 PM
As I get older, the more sentimental I get.
Sing the national anthem at an Angels game, and I will have tears in my eyes. Marching bands, whether high school, college or the Salvation Army band, bring tears to my eyes. And so did the 2014 Rotary Rose...
| Jan 3, 2014
Once virtually eradicated, polio again stalks the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The innocent victims are mostly young children. The perpetrators are insurgents and indifferent governments. The polio resurgence is preventable and it is...