7/30/2013 9:18 AM
| NANCY SHUTE
The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.
7/25/2013 8:42 AM
| Christopher Joyce
Teams of workers are mobilizing in the Gulf of Mexico to try to stem a natural gas leak at an offshore drilling rig that exploded and caught fire Tuesday. The rig off the Louisiana coast has been partially destroyed by the out of control blaze, and firefighting boats are on the scene.
7/25/2013 8:20 AM
| Elizabeth Shogren
The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry on Wednesday.
Louisiana has been steadily losing land, which leaves New Orleans vulnerable to floods. The lawsuit argues that the oil and gas industry is responsible for a big part of the problem, and hasn't paid its fair share to protect the city.
7/24/2013 8:22 AM
| STEVE HENN
Ask yourself: Are you addicted to technology — any technology? Do you check email obsessively, tweet without restraint or post on Facebook during Thanksgiving dinner? Or perhaps you are powerless in the face of an iPad loaded with Angry Birds?