Health

Whooping cough vaccine effectiveness questioned

A new study suggests the whooping cough vaccine that came out in the 1990s has limited effectiveness.

Long term care needs worry California voters 40 and older

Almost half of all California voters 40 and older aren’t ready for long-term care, a survey out today suggests.It indicates that they can’t afford even a month of the long-term care they believe they’ll need for a close relative - and later, for themselves.

Bill would make vaccine exemptions tougher in California

The rate of children entering California private schools without vaccinations has jumped by 10 percent over last year.

Will calorie counts on drive-thru menus at McDonald's make you healthier?

In order to be in compliance with federal law, McDonald's will soon see the cold, hard facts next to photos of their warm, soft burgers.

Are you susceptible to the common flu (myths)?

With the start of the flu season just a few weeks away, health officials are urging everyone six months of age and older to get a flu shot.

A good dose of empathy: Just what the patient ordered

A new study looked at Italian patients and doctors and found that physician empathy was associated with better medical outcomes for the patient.

Latinos at bigger risk for developing type 2 diabetes: study

Latinos tend to store more fat in their pancreas, say researchers, thus hindering insulin production.

When heat kills: global warming as public health threat

Emerging science shows that people respond favorably to warnings about climate change when it's portrayed as a health issue, rather than an environmental problem.

Photos: LA VA makes millions renting land, not housing disabled

The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center has been renting chunks of the land, mostly to enterprises that have nothing to do with helping veterans.

Art therapy that helps cancer patients cope with illness

The creative therapy of drawing and painting brings unconscious feelings to the surface and relieves stress of cancer patients.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about the hantavirus outbreak

Got questions about the Yosemite outbreak? We have answers! From public health officials and park authorities.

As outbreak spreads, Hantavirus survivor tells his story

A Martínez speaks to Marketplace's Ethan Lindsey, who suffered from the virus two years ago. He spent two days in a medically induced coma.

Stem cell treatment may help paralyzed regain sensation

Two clinical trial patients, paralyzed with chronic spinal cord injuries, have regained some sensation after undergoing stem cell treatments.

3rd Hantavirus death tied to Yosemite stay

Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park.

Disabled surfer goes from wheelchair to waves

Even though Tiffany Giddes ended up in a wheelchair after a car wreck, she hasn’t let her disability keep her from the sport she loves.

Organic food study finds no nutritional superiority

The hot potato issue cooked up a small bounty of backlash with some organic advocates speaking up for the scientifically scandalized vegetables of the world.