| Nov 9, 2009
Last month, a Palo Alto high school saw its fourth student suicide since May. Questions loom large: Why did this cluster of suicides happen, and how can the cycle be stopped?
Public health officials and scientists use the term "suicide contagion" to...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 7:41 AM
For the second time in five weeks, authorities on Tuesday swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for residents with outstanding arrest warrants, this time identifying 20 people wanted on charges ranging from assault to domestic battery to indecent exposure....
| Jan 11, 2010
If your doctor advised a treatment that involved leeches and bloodletting, you might take a second glance at that diploma on the wall. For the same reason, you should think twice about whom you see as a therapist, says a team of psychological researchers....
| Feb 1, 2010
If you've seen the television ad for the anti-germ spray MyClyns, you no doubt remember the pivotal scene: A mom and her two kids sit at a dinner table, the little boy coughs on his sister and mom heroically grabs the spray bottle of MyClyns. Against...
| Feb 19, 2010
| 7:42 AM
The final report of Gov. Pat Quinn's Nursing Home Safety Task Force, issued early Friday morning, for the first time sets out an urgent timetable and concrete road map for a sweeping overhaul of the state's troubled long-term care system.
| Feb 21, 2010
If you've seen the television ad for the anti-germ spray MyClyns, you no doubt remember the pivotal scene: A mom and her two kids sit at a dinner table, the little boy coughs on his sister, and mom heroically grabs the spray bottle of MyClyns. Against all...
| Feb 21, 2010
The decision to stop curative treatment and enter hospice is never easy, and it comes at a stressful time. Even once the decision is made, arranging for hospice care requires the acknowledgment of unpleasant realities, which doctors themselves may...
| May 31, 2010
At the height of the recession last year, Deanna Ross was busy training the newly unemployed and others how to form support groups to cope with mental illness in these stressful times.
Then Ross lost her own job as a regional field worker at the National...
| Mar 11, 2010
Need an extra push to quit smoking? Next time grab your iPhone instead of a cigarette.
There are more than 60 apps to help smokers kick the habit. Look for apps to help you go cold turkey, apps that double as subliminal tools, even apps with...
| Dec 21, 2009
One look at Ani's swollen ankles and we knew she was in trouble.
For several years, the petite young mother had been coming to UCLA's FMF Clinic with periodic fevers along with excruciating pain in her chest and abdomen. Now -- as a urine dipstick test...