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What The Coroner's Announcement Really Means

Michael Jackson's death took a bizarre turn this afternoon when the Los Angeles County Coroner's office announced it'd found the anesthetic propofol, usually used in general surgery, and two other sedatives to have caused the singer's death in June.

Florida, By the Numbers

If Barack Obama swipes the Sunshine State's 27 electoral votes from the Republican column, the 2008 election is over. Can he swing it? Right now, the Illinois senator (who finished a two-day visit Tuesday) is doing his best—but John McCain (who arrives tomorrow) has signaled that he's willing to fight to the finish.

Hotspot: Ivy, Sydney

IVY | SYDNEYA self-contained island of hedonism, this $120 million megaplex has 18 bars, nine restaurants, a ballroom, and a hotel and day spa, all owned and operated by wunderkind developer Justin Hemmes.

Cancer: The Roads Not Taken

With all the ways cancer cells can elude chemotherapies (as well as radiation, for some of the same reasons: radiation damages DNA, but malignant cells activate DNA-repair mechanisms), it may seem a miracle that anyone beats cancer.

The Filter: September 1, 2008... Republican Convention Edition

A round-up of this morning's must read-stories.PARTY'S PLANS UNSETTLED; MCCAIN VISITS GULF(Patrick Healy and Adam Nagourney)Senator John McCain and his advisers decided on Sunday to halt all but the most essential activities for the Republican National Convention on Monday, sacrificing a major televised platform for his political message as Mr.

The Filter: August 4, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories--by guest Filterer Brian No. MCCAIN TAKES A PAGE FROM CLINTON'S PLAYBOOK(John Harwood, New York Times) Mr. Obama has watched Senator John McCain pick up central strands of Mrs.

But Her Body Language Said 'Yes!'

Before the month is out, I have to take note of a research article in the April issue of Psychological Science, which concludes that when it comes to reading women's non-verbal signals—smiles, gaze, body language, tone of voice—men are complete and utter illiterates.

Report: Head Injury Killed Bhutto

Scotland Yard concludes that the former Pakistani prime minister died from head injuries. But some Bhutto supporters still believe she was slain by gunfire.

A Guide to Predicting Your Medical Future

Risk Management: You can't lower your age or upgrade your genes, but when it comes to assessing your health with the latest screenings, your fate is in your hands. Here are the best checkups to check out—and those you can skip.

Periscope: Getting Bombed

Getting BombedIts namesake may be elusive, but the "bin Laden shot"— a throat-scorching blend of Pernod and Tabasco sauce—is easy enough to find at a trendy New York bar and it's part of the vogue for war-themed cocktails that has arisen in the United States since the country waded into Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Collapsed Bridge, Warning Signs Were There

Survivors of Minneapolis's bridge collapse said there was little warning. But the warning signs were in place years before.Long before Wednesday's accident, which killed at least four and injured around 80, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MDOT) had warned about problems with the bridge.

Periscope: The War: Iran's Meddling in Iraq

How solid is evidence that Iran is stoking the conflict in Iraq? The White House has ratcheted up rhetorical attacks, suggesting that Iranian government elements were supplying Iraqi Shia insurgents with deadly weapons technology.

Another Recall for Generic Drugmaker

Unlike the e-coli-tainted spinach that sickened 200 people and caused three deaths this fall, this week's metal-tainted acetaminophen outbreak appears to have harmed no one.

Keystone Combat

Pennsylvania's junior senator, Republican Rick Santorum, is fighting for his political life. After narrowing the lead of Democratic challenger, state treasurer Bob Casey, to single-digits in August, Santorum was hopeful that a post-Labor Day boost would carry him to a third term.

No More Sneezing?

For millions of allergy-prone Americans, this can be the worst time of the year. From late summer through early fall, as much as 20 percent of the population suffers from ragweed allergy, or hay fever, which causes sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and itchy eyes, nose and throat.

Touting Tea

I love coffee. I love the way it smells. I love the way it tastes. (Although I'm so sensitive to caffeine, even a cup of coffee makes me talk as fast as Robin Williams might sound if he were on speed—and, hey, do you have to drive so slowly?) But I drink tea now.



Science and Your Health

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first cardiac medication marketed to a specific race, giving Nitromed the go-ahead to market BiDil for the treatment of "self-described black patients." The drug, which is a combination of the generic drugs isosorbide dinitrate and hydralazine, will be used in conjunction with other standard heart therapies.