STD rates climb in California; syphilis jumps the most

New data reported by the state Department of Public Health show an 18 percent rise in syphilis cases in 2011, leaving health officials concerned.

ECT success after family's fight against bipolar disorder

A psychiatrist's use of electroconvulsive therapy came as a huge surprise to a mother whose daughter was bipolar: "I honestly did not know people still did ECT."

How a virus in snakes could offer clues to Ebola in humans

A newly discovered disease that makes boa constrictors sick could help researchers figure out how some dangerous viruses in animals end up infecting people.

Meditation helps older adults battle loneliness and illness

A new study shows repeat meditation exercises could measurably reduce gene inflammation and loneliness in the elderly.

Hospitals face penalties for high readmission rates

A new effort under the Affordable Care Act wants to penalize hospitals with high readmission rates of Medicare beneficiaries.

RIP Jamie Garcia, a health hero in Pomona

Remembering Jamie Garcia, founder of Pomona Community Health Center and 2010 California Woman of the Year, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 52 on July 27.

School lunch milk cartons take a hit in new ad campaign

One group's mission is to abolish dairy from school lunches: they blame milk and cheese for bloating students' caloric consumption and their waistlines.

Kinesio tape plasters Olympians, but not all science sticks

Kinesio tape, said to ease pain and help muscle injuries, is all over the Games. Some say it's good for recovery and performance, but research doesn't always agree.

Vitamin D deficiency in sick kids could make them sicker

Researchers say vitamin D deficiency is common among kids who are very ill. They also found that kids without enough vitamin D were more likely to be in the hospital longer than other kids.

Public health chief prepares for global warming threats

L.A. County's health department warns that the warming side effects of climate change could lead straight to an upswing in tropical disease across California.

Elderly woman is first West Nile death in the state in 2012

An 88-year-old Kern County woman is the first person in the state this year to die from the disease, infamously carried by infected mosquitoes.

The science behind Olympic six-pack abs

Athletes train for years to get their bodies into shape for the Olympics and muscle definition is an attractive benefit. The physique might not be possible for some.

Got an ailment? Take a picture; send it to a specialist

Telemedicine is just one of the innovative methods southside clinics are using to expand health care access for folks in South Los Angeles.

Lab findings support provocative theory on cancer

Three separate teams of scientists have shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer.

New York City's 'Latch On NYC' initiative seeks to increase breastfeeding

As part of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to make New Yorkers healthier, city hospitals will restrict and monitor the distribution of baby formula to mothers starting in September.

Immortality and afterlife under study at UC Riveside

A private foundation has awarded the University of California at Riverside $5 million to study age-old questions surrounding immortality and life-after-death.