| Jul 6, 2009
Even if a vaccine produces an appropriate cancer-attacking immune response, it still may not be enough to achieve clinical benefit, especially in patients with very advanced disease.
This could be because the ability of large tumors to suppress the...
| Apr 27, 2010
| 7:04 PM
A single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and 64 can reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by at least 43%, British researchers reported Tuesday.
The results from the first large randomized trial of sigmoidoscopy show that it is a more effective tool than...
| Nov 21, 2009
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
In 1984, Japan began screening the urine of 6-month-old infants for neuroblastoma, the most common type of solid tumor in young children. The test was simple and could show signs of cancer long before clinical...
| Dec 15, 2009
Widespread overuse of CT scans and variations in radiation doses caused by different machines -- operated by technicians following an array of procedures -- are subjecting patients to high radiation doses that will ultimately lead to tens of thousands...
| Jun 7, 2009
Richard K. Overton, the subject of one of Orange County's most riveting trials who was convicted of murdering his wife, a popular school board member, by slipping her poisons in 1988, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation...
| Aug 28, 2009
In a basement at Old Mission Santa Barbara, a filing cabinet is thick with claims of miracles that didn't make the grade.
A man falls off his horse and, thanks to Junipero Serra, he gets up unscathed. A woman visits Serra's tomb in Carmel and something...
| 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...
| Feb 15, 2010
How could respectable scientists armed with the same data on electromagnetic fields end up on opposite sides of the spectrum? The studies themselves are largely to blame. The results are often ambiguous and hard to interpret. Some suggest a link between...
| Apr 5, 2009
In February 2006, Los Angeles Times staff writer Thomas Curwen and Ana Rodarte began e-mailing each another on a regular basis. Here is a sampling of their correspondence.
Feb. 3, 2006
Curwen: I wonder if I could ask you to try to put into words what...
| Apr 4, 2009
The doctor wasted no time getting started.
He took Ana's face in his hands and angled the left side up to the light. He squeezed and pushed the folds of skin on her chin, her cheek and forehead. He separated the eyelids to look at her eye.
| Apr 6, 2009
When the nurses wheeled Ana Rodarte into the operating room at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, she was already dopey from the sedative she'd been given in pre-op.
A heart monitor began to capture her drowsy rhythms. The anesthesiologist covered...