| Apr 18, 2009
Gregory Cochran has always been drawn to puzzles. This one had been gnawing at him for several years: Why are European Jews prone to so many deadly genetic diseases?
Tay-Sachs disease. Canavan disease. More than a dozen more.
It offended Cochran's sense...
| Apr 30, 2009
As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid...
| Jun 2, 2009
An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo, according to a report published today.
Roughly a third of all children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. now take...
| Jul 3, 2009
Dr. O. Carl Simonton, a radiation oncologist who popularized the mind-body connection in fighting cancer and helped push the once-controversial notion into mainstream medicine, has died. He was 66.
Simonton, who founded a cancer-care clinic in Pacific...
| Jul 29, 2009
| 12:12 PM
Today's topic: Some have made the argument that President Obama's nomination of Francis Collins, a born-again Christian geneticist, to head the National Institutes of Health is a disservice to the science community because it promotes someone who is known...
| Mar 7, 2009
In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has been repeatedly (and rightly) excoriated for its shameless efforts to promote its products: Freebies handed out to doctors as inducements to prescribe particular drugs. Studies underwritten by drug...
| Mar 9, 2009
Dr. Robert Winslow, a UC San Diego researcher who was one of the pioneers in the development of artificial blood, died at his home Feb. 2 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 67.
Winslow also had climbed Mt. Everest and worked briefly at a...
| Mar 10, 2009
Later this year, a handful of people who have suffered severe spinal injuries will receive injections of nerve cells -- a procedure that allowed paralyzed rats to walk again -- in the first clinical trial of a therapy involving embryonic stem cells. These...
| Jan 10, 2010
Dr. Karen Aboody estimates that she has cured several hundred mice of a cancer of the central nervous system called neuroblastoma.
First she injected them with specialized neural stem cells that naturally zero in on the tumors and surround them. Then she...
| Jan 29, 2010
| 4:57 PM
Marshall Nirenberg, the Nobel laureate who deciphered the genetic code that allows the information contained in genes to be translated into proteins, died Jan. 15 at his home in New York City. He was 82 and had been battling cancer.
| Feb 8, 2010
For some people, lifestyle measures are enough to keep blood pressure under control. But they're not enough for everyone.
For one thing, "many patients are not willing to change their lifestyle," says Dr. Peter Rudd, professor of medicine emeritus at the...