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  • Harvard University poisoning: What is sodium azide, anyway?

     
    In August, six Harvard Medical School scientists were sickened after drinking coffee from a communal coffee machine: Turns out it was laced with a chemical called sodium azide. The poisoning was revealed last week in an internal memo to faculty......
  • Meditation can help with anxiety, pain, depression, study says

    Meditation can help with anxiety, pain, depression, study says
    Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems. The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...
  • New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds

    New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds
    Twenty-five years after scientists first identified the hepatitis C virus, doctors are declaring victory over an infection that afflicts more than 3 million Americans and kills more of them than HIV. In a series of clinical trial results, a new...
  • 'America America' by Ethan Canin

    'America America' by Ethan Canin
    America America A Novel Ethan Canin Random House: 466 pp., $27 It's refreshing -- and almost quaint -- to see someone try to write a Great American Novel in the 21st century. These days, writers are more apt to pursue the Great American Screenplay...
  • Words & Ideas

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Bill Adler & Cey Adams: The author and designer will present and sign their new book, "Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West...
  • Dr. David A. Kessler

    Born: 1951 Birthplace: New York Career Highlights * Dean, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, September 2003 to December 2007 * Dean, Yale University School of Medicine, July 1997 to June 2003 * Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration,...
  • The danger of DNA: It isn't perfect

    In 2004, a New Jersey prosecutor announced that DNA had solved the mystery of who killed Jane Durrua, an eighth-grader who was raped, beaten and strangled 36 years earlier. "Through DNA, we put a face to the killer of Jane Durrua, and that face belongs...
  • The withdrawal of drug-company money

    The withdrawal of drug-company money
    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...
  • Leonard Apt dies; UCLA pediatric ophthalmologist was 90

    Leonard Apt dies; UCLA pediatric ophthalmologist was 90
    During the first half of the 20th century, pediatricians generally believed that children's eye problems were largely self-corrective — that a child would grow out of his or her crossed eyes or poor vision. But they were wrong. Unless a vision...
  • George W. Comstock, 92; epidemiologist was influential in the treatment of tuberculosis

    George W. Comstock, 92; epidemiologist was influential in the treatment of tuberculosis
    Dr. George W. Comstock, a pioneering epidemiologist who almost single-handedly blocked the use of the flawed BCG tuberculosis vaccine in the United States and who played a key role in the development of other prevention strategies against the disease,...
  • Michael Crichton dies at 66; bestselling author of 'Jurassic Park' and other thrillers

    Michael Crichton dies at 66; bestselling author of 'Jurassic Park' and other thrillers
    When Michael Crichton was attending Harvard Medical School in the late 1960s, he had a secret life that he kept hidden from his fellow students: To pay his tuition bills, he began writing paperback thrillers in his spare time under two pseudonyms. He...