| Dec 15, 2007
Birthplace: New York
* 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,...
| Sep 28, 2009
As a nation, we are obviously getting fatter and fatter. Not only are we ever more confused about how to lose weight, we're particularly fuzzy on the question of how big a role exercise plays and whether we just have to count calories.
So, here's the...
| 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%...
| Oct 26, 2009
Simply put, diabetes is a contest between people and their blood. For people whose bodies don't produce enough insulin to manage their blood sugar, the goal is a normal blood score, achieved through a balancing act of lifestyle and medication....
| 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...
| 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...
| May 18, 2009
Coffee drinkers, rejoice! The heavenly brew, once deemed harmful to health, is turning out to be, if not quite a health food, at least a low-risk drink, and in many ways a beneficial one. It could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis and...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...