| Sep 15, 2010
For the second time, researchers have used the HIV virus in gene therapy to cure a severe genetic disease, this time the blood disorder beta-thalassemia, which causes life-threatening anemia.
French researchers had previously used a "defanged" version of...
| Sep 22, 2010
It's an inherited disease marked by deformed red blood cells. These normally round and flexible cells take a sickle like shape.
Their irregular shape causes them to get stuck clogging vessels. This leads to pain, infection, and a shorter life.
| Oct 5, 2010
Station fire victims were among the winners in the Sacramento legislative season that ended last week.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill allowing those whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the fire or subsequent mudslides to write down the...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 12:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of the most intractable killers you've probably never heard of: Sepsis, an out-of-control reaction to infection that can start shutting down organs in mere hours.
A new push is beginning for hospitals to be more...
| Oct 9, 2010
| 9:09 AM
All along, Gary Smith knew. He was a health freak who was used to having boundless energy, and now he couldn't summon enough strength to lift a fork to his mouth? The nights sweats, the trembling hands, the crushing fatigue
no matter what the experts...
| Jul 7, 2010
Antipsychotic drugs, which have been traditionally administered to mentally ill patients with psychosis (such as schizophrenia), are now being prescribed for some people with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Concerns about potentially dangerous side effects have...
| Aug 19, 2010
| 1:41 PM
Jordan Serwin was 2 when his parents learned the La Cañada Flintridge boy had leukemia. He was 6 when an unusual treatment, a transplant of blood cells from an umbilical cord and placenta of a woman in New York, stopped the disease and set his life on a...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 1:31 AM
If you followed my column last week it included the beginning of deciphering food labels. This week we will continue with sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron.
Sodium, a component of...
| Jan 23, 2011
| 7:51 PM
Winter storms and unseasonably cold weather have forced the cancellation of a number of blood drives and lowered donor turnout throughout the region, American Red Cross officials reported.
“Since the start of January we’re down about 8,000...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 2:06 PM
To learn more about Joe Leone and follow his treatment, go to: www.joeysjourney-thebattleagainstaplasticanemia.org
Two bone marrow drives have been scheduled for Joe Leone:
Sunday, January 9th
St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Catholic Church
| Jul 26, 2011
| 3:44 AM
Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong is an avid sports fan. He fondly remembers his days as a track star at Yale.
"I'm supposedly a friend of the NCAA," the University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus said. "I've received awards from the NCAA and I treasure them."...