One of my favorite expressions is: “Every day I work in healthcare, and then I go home and live in the 21st century.” It is an exaggeration, of course. After all, medicine is incredibly sophisticated...
Almost 100 years ago, in a Paris laboratory, Félix d’Hérelle peered at cultures packed with dysentery bacteria. He had cultured the organisms from the stool of people with the disease, and usually...
The scientists and physicians invited to the April 12, 1955, meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to hear the results of the 1954 field study on the polio vaccine created by Jonas Salk...
Developing a malaria vaccine is a particularly knotty problem: Vaccines typically can target only one or a few antigens—proteins produced by infectious organisms, against which the host’s immune...
About one in five prescriptions is “off label”—that is, a drug prescribed to treat a condition for which it hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s a legal option for...
Nearly every major hospital or cancer treatment practice performs specific genomic testing on every cancer patient’s tumor sample — such as K-ras oncogene analysis for those with colorectal cancer or...
In this era of cancer genetics, we’ve come to think of cancer as something like a car. Runaway cell proliferation is driven by accelerators, or oncogenes, that are stuck on go—in collusion with...
TomoTherapy is used at UCLA to treat a wide variety of cancers, but is particularly well suited for challenging cases involving large areas, or when the dose needs to be specially shaped to conform...
A man rushes into the emergency room (ER) with a critical neurological emergency: He seems to be having a stroke. The specialist is not immediately available, so the ER doctor calls one of the...
A study by researchers at UCLA and in Japan suggests a way to predict when a woman will have her final menstrual period. The findings could help women and physicians gauge the onset of menopause-...

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