| 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...
| Feb 19, 2007
The drama began with a tiny ad in a local newspaper -- a notice that asbestos was about to be removed from the management office at Altgeld Gardens, the all-black public housing complex where young Barack Obama worked as a community organizer.
| May 7, 2010
Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, who died Wednesday night at 58, was a leader with the giant ambition of dragging Africa's most populous nation from a backward, corrupt state to an advanced global power.
He was too ill and politically weak to attack...
| Nov 2, 2009
| 3:10 PM
Two deaths and more than two dozen illnesses may be linked to fresh ground beef that has been recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination, health officials said Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said twenty-eight people may have...
| Apr 12, 2009
Those looking for good news last week were not drawn to the subject of healthcare.
The Los Angeles County public health system reported that it was facing enormous budget deficits that are expected to balloon to $1.2 billion annually by 2011....
| Jun 13, 2007
| 5:08 PM
2007-06-13 15:04:49.0 Susan Brink: Welcome. I'm Susan Brink and I'm talking to Areva Martin about autism. We'll be happy to hear your comments and answer your questions.
2007-06-13 15:04:54.0 LAChilds: Can I ask a question?
| Dec 29, 2007
By the time she landed at Metropolitan State Hospital in 2006, Tiffany Sitton had been haunted by delusions for 15 of her 23 years. Spiders burrowed under her skin. Ghosts ordered her to hurt people. Schizophrenia and psychiatric drugs dulled her eyes and...
| Sep 14, 2008
She answers the knock at the door, smiles exquisitely, floats through the afternoon light of her Brentwood home with casual grace.
It's another full day for Hedda Bolgar, who sees patients four days a week, teaches on the fifth day, drives a Prius, is...
| Jun 8, 2010
Reported cases of whooping cough have tripled since last year, according to state health officials, with the Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles region seeing sizable increases in patients.
In California, there have been 584...
| Aug 3, 2010
Bobby Livingston couldn't sleep. The indoor quiet was unnerving, the softness of his mattress all wrong. For weeks after moving into Room 216 at the Senator Hotel, he found comfort only on a hard tile floor that felt reassuringly like the pavement....
| Jan 5, 2010
Peering through a gap in her black veil, Bibi Totia watched anxiously as the doctor examined her fussing grandson in a crowded refugee camp near the Pakistan border.
The doctor diagnosed flu and handed her a prescription for an antibiotic from the free...