Paul Ruggieri

Global Scan

This Chinese noodle dish is literally addictive

Be careful about the next bowl of noodles you buy in China: It may have a secret ingredient. Opium. Meanwhile, in Germany, an ethics group is urging the repeal of the country's incest ban. And in Italy, there's a new tactic for beating the mob. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Medicine

One surgeon suggests health care decisions in America are too often dictated by money

Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?