| Apr 14, 2010
After years of research, professional infighting and maneuvering from various interest groups, the nation's psychiatrists recently unveiled proposed changes to the manual used to diagnose and treat mental disorders around the world.
The draft document,...
| Oct 15, 2007
For centuries, sages have alluded to a richness in life's later years that is lost on the young. But only in the last decade have researchers begun to measure happiness across the life span and, in doing so, try to understand why older people tend to be...
| Aug 27, 2007
Many of us have been through illnesses that require operations, risky procedures or recurring downtime that can change our lives, even if we fully recover. Any of this makes us face our death.
Our imaginations race toward finality. No matter how elevated...
| Aug 25, 2008
AS MORE people watch their home equity erode, put off retirement because their nest eggs are taking a dive, and bike or bus to work to save gas money, many are thanking their lucky stars that they still have a job to commute to.
Unstable times breed...
| May 12, 2008
I gasped when I saw the subtitle of Thomas Graboys' new memoir, "Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia." My father, also a physician, carries these same diagnoses.
Graboys has been dealt a...
| Mar 2, 2009
When I learned recently that yet another friend had been diagnosed with cancer, I experienced my usual reaction: disbelief and sadness, followed by anger at Life In General. But for the first time, I also saw what these under-35 friends and family members...
| Sep 8, 2008
THE TATTOO machine's loud buzzing would shock the hairs on my upper arm in different directions if they hadn't just been shaved off to create a smooth surface.
A little doubt settles in my gut -- something permanent is about to be drawn on my body -- but...
| Jun 4, 2007
EXERCISING al fresco is one of the great pleasures of living in Southern California. The trees, the hills, the beach, the (sort of) fresh air can make a long run go by faster. But summer heat waves and vicious Santa Ana winds can turn refreshing outdoor...
| Jul 7, 2008
STAY home if you're sick. That's the best way to stop the spread of contagious diseases, such as influenza, tuberculosis and gastrointestinal viruses. Besides, you can't do your job capably or safely if you don't feel well. But many Americans simply tough...
| Mar 6, 2009
Today's topic: Have California's efforts to legalize and regulate medical marijuana -- including Proposition 215, the 1996 voter initiative -- been successful? Scott Imler and Stephen Gutwillig will finish their discussion on Monday.
| Jul 13, 2010
After her breast cancer diagnosis in December, Ederlen Casillas of Downey found herself overcome by more than just her cancer treatments.
"Trying to communicate with family and friends was starting to feel overwhelming," she says. "It's an emotional...