| Feb 18, 2008
IN the 1890s, a New York surgeon named William Coley tested a radical cancer treatment. He took a hypodermic needle teeming with bacteria and plunged it into the flesh of patients.
After suffering through weeks of chills and fevers, many showed...
| Nov 3, 2008
As you may have noticed from the supermarket tabloids -- admit it, you've looked -- all sorts of celebrities are still battling cellulite, that unflattering skin condition that can ruin Hollywood reputations while making big money for beach-side...
| Aug 25, 2008
The products: Age-defying products that target wrinkles or gray hairs are missing one of the real driving forces behind aging. Over the years, cells throughout the body lose mitochondria, tiny powerhouses that provide energy for all sorts of vital...
| Dec 18, 2008
Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek, the brilliant yet deeply flawed pediatrician, virologist and anthropologist who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his identification and description of kuru, the exotic disease of a remote tribe in New Guinea that was...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Jul 30, 2009
| 12:05 PM
Today's topic: Biologist Stephen J. Gould famously observed that religion and science deal with different but compatible realities. Was he correct?
A god definable by science is no god Point: Michael Shermer
Cartoonist Sidney Harris once illustrated...
| Jun 27, 2009
Dr. Jean Dausset, the French Nobel laureate who discovered the human leukocyte antigen, or HLA, system on human tissue that made tissue typing for transplants possible, died June 6 in Mallorca, Spain. He was 92.
The HLA antigens are molecules on the...
| Nov 17, 2009
Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car accidents and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan -- even though emergency rooms are required to care for all comers regardless of ability to pay, according to...
| Nov 20, 2009
Only days after a federal panel scaled back on breast cancer screening recommendations for many women, another organization -- the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- has done the same for a screening credited with drastically...
| Nov 13, 2009
Dr. William Ganz, who survived a Nazi labor camp to become an internationally recognized cardiologist who co-invented the Swan-Ganz catheter for monitoring heart conditions and who was one of the first physicians to use clot-busting enzymes to open...
| Oct 26, 2009
What you eat may help reduce the risk of diabetes, says a recently released report from Harvard Medical School. Among its findings:
Coffee: One cup a day is linked to a 13% reduction in diabetes risk. Two to three cups a day is linked to a 42%...