| Dec 29, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been writing a love letter to the love letter, a pleasurably nostalgic if doomed task. I've been pondering what we stand to lose if we abandon pen and stamps forever and just stick to email and social media. How much...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 8:00 AM
As a parent of a child suffering for 14 years from a devastating severe mental illness — one that includes zero awareness and utter denial that the illness exists — I am bewildered why Maryland has failed to create an assisted outpatient...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:32 PM
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the "war to end all wars," World War I.
Alas, mankind's record since 1914 hasn't been stellar.
Did Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, have any idea that his assassination of Austrian Archduke...
| 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 11, 2014
| 5:27 PM
When Elaine Redfield arrived in Fullerton in 1950, it was a culture shock. Mainly because, in her view, there wasn't much culture at all in Orange County.
"When I came here, the county was a great wasteland, really, culturally and intellectually," she...
| Jun 30, 2013
Earlier this month, researchers and advocates from 40 countries formed a global alliance to enable the secure sharing of genomic and clinical data, aiming to end the era in which only the people who collected your genetic data had access to it.
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Certain types of cancer, particularly melanoma and breast cancer, metastasize by shedding malignant cells into the body's lymph system, where they travel to nearby lymph nodes and form new colonies. From there, the cells can spread to other organs,...
| Jan 21, 2014
Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial...
| Jan 24, 2014
When her best-selling debut novel, "Loving Frank" — about Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her notorious extramarital affair with architect Frank Lloyd Wright — appeared in 2007, Nancy Horan seems to have ushered in a new literary genre. Since...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:49 PM
A report by state auditors paints a disturbing picture of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Among the 33 deficiencies listed in the recently released report — nearly double the number in the previous analysis, released in December...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 9:53 PM
A high-profile AIDS healthcare organization is attempting to soften its approach after meeting pitched opposition to a ballot measure that would require the city of Los Angeles to set up its own health department.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation collected...