| Sep 8, 2010
With kids heading back to school athletics, band practice, drill team and the like across the country, this is a good time to discuss heat-related illnesses and their prevention.
It's always at this time of year that I begin worrying about heat...
| Aug 25, 2010
| 5:39 PM
It began with a case of what is known as "drop foot." In early 2009, La Caņada 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...
| Apr 23, 2010
Most of the milk from the dairy cows on South Pork Ranch ends up pasteurized -- heat-treated to reduce the chance that the people who drink it will get sick.
But every month, 300 gallons of the milk are sold raw, much of it to about five dozen regular...
| May 13, 2010
It is what some health-care experts call "the missing link": a place where the working poor and their families can go for basic medical needs and continuing care for chronic illness, where someone knows their names and their medical histories and will...
| Nov 4, 2009
Q: If I never had chickenpox, do I need a shingles vaccine? I'll be 60 in January.
A: The shot you're talking about is an immunization against a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. This virus causes two common illnesses, and a few rare ones. The two...
| Nov 11, 2009
| 9:51 AM
Depending on whom you ask, marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be kept illegal alongside heroin and PCP, or it's a miracle herb with a trove of medical benefits that the government is seeking to deny the public -- or something in between: a plant...
| May 15, 2010
"The Summer Cottage:
Retreats of the 1000 Islands"
The relatively unknown Thousand Islands is an archipelago of nearly 1,900 islands in the St. Lawrence River on the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New York and southern Ontario. Ever...
| May 17, 2010
The federal government and virtually all public health agencies oppose consumption of raw milk because it can carry dangerous bacteria such as E. coli 0157:H7, listeria and campylobacter. In March, 13 people in Michigan were sickened by campylobacter in...