| Sep 7, 2010
If you've strolled past the dairy case lately, you might have noticed that it has grown to ranch-size proportions. Dozens of products are labeled "milk," and they spill over onto the nonrefrigerated shelves. Gone are the days when selecting a carton of...
| Aug 25, 2010
| 1:25 PM
LOS ANGELES - Children are heading back to school as California's whooping cough epidemic keeps spreading, a worrisome combination that has prompted health officials in at least one county to warn that unvaccinated students could be sent home if an...
| Aug 25, 2010
| 5:39 PM
It began with a case of what is known as "drop foot." In early 2009, La Cañada Flintridge resident Bonnie Hine found herself unable to flex her toes, and then her ankle, in the routine motions used during walking.
Her balance suffered, and she found...
| Aug 29, 2010
One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer's
Broadway: 326 pp., $25
In the '60s, it was " cancer"; in the '80s, "AIDS." Today "Alzheimer's" is the healthcare word that can freeze a pleasant dinner conversation....
| Aug 29, 2010
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
A True Story
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Algonquin: 190 pp., $18.95
We seek metaphors. When we find them in the natural world, we feel better about things, perhaps because we see ourselves as part of something larger. "The...
| Aug 26, 2010
After more than a dozen high school football players were hospitalized last week in McMinnville, Ore., news reports blamed a "mystery" illness. Emerging details suggest a not-so-mysterious cause: heat stress injury as a result of vigorous training in...
| Aug 27, 2010
| 10:37 AM
Cats need milk
The long-standing myth that cats need milk is wrong and giving your pet a saucer of cow's milk could make it vomit or have diarrhea. Kittens drink their mother's milk until they are weaned but adult cats don't have much lactase in their...
| Jan 11, 2010
Ken Genser, Santa Monica mayor and longtime city councilman, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from a long illness, his sister, HaRa Beck said. He was 59 and had been in the hospital since October.
Genser served on the City...
| Dec 21, 2009
Napoleon A. Jones Jr.
Judge in San Diego Scouts case
Napoleon A. Jones Jr., 69, the federal judge who ruled in a San Diego case that the Boy Scouts were a religious group and couldn't lease city land, died Dec. 12 at his home in northern San Diego...
| Apr 15, 2010
Harriet Benjamin, whose breast cancer battle inspired the Wellness Community, an innovative support network for cancer patients and their families, died April 7 at her Marina del Rey home. She was 85.
Benjamin was cancer-free for more than 35 years after...
| Jul 20, 2008
Well Enough Alone
A Cultural History of My Hypochondria
Riverhead Books: 258 pp., $23.95
By the end of "Devil in the Details," Jennifer Traig's 2004 memoir of her obsessive-compulsive childhood, she was liberated from the need to lather...