| Apr 1, 2014
| 1:20 PM
As a parent, you make decisions every day to keep your child safe and healthy, which include keeping your child up-to-date on vaccines to help protect against serious diseases.
Learning about vaccines will help you better understand why the disease...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning.
Consider, for instance, the work to be done...
| Feb 4, 2014
Doctors used to call influenza "knock-me-down" fever, and there was a reason for that. Anyone who's suffered through a bout of it knows the miseries: the headaches, the throat that feels scrubbed with sandpaper, the fever so high you're floating on the...
| Jan 30, 2014
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and...
| Mar 21, 2014
Since January, a new California law allows for a child to have more than two legal parents. But children are still limited to two genetic parents. That could change soon, if the Food and Drug Administration approves human clinical trials for a technique...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 3:44 PM
NOTE: Originally scheduled for Friday, April 4, in Richmond, the license hearing for Dr. Roger Phillips has been "continued." The Board of Medicine was not able to provide any further information.
The Virginia Board of Medicine summarily suspended the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:22 AM
The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to stop giving patients high-dose acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the popular pain-reliever Tylenol.
Pills, capsules, tablets, syrups...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 6:40 PM
Migraine disorder is an elephant in the room of medicine, says Dr. Andrew Charles, professor of neurology and director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program at UCLA. "All physicians — anybody in any kind of medical practice — knows...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:25 AM
Q: I’ve seen amber necklaces for babies that are intended to ease teething pain. Does this remedy work? Is it safe?
A: Infants and toddlers are developmentally primed to put objects of curiosity into their mouths, so pediatricians worry about small...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Eighteen state legislatures, including California's, have considered exemptions to immunization mandates in the last several years — and the issue remains a topic of debate, researchers said Tuesday.
Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:54 PM
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And...