| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:05 PM
It was hailed as a remarkable scientific breakthrough, one that could potentially revolutionize medicine by enabling the speedy production of highly versatile stem cells.
Now, barely two months after scientists published papers in Nature claiming to...
| Sep 2, 2013
Are the ideas on offer to reform America's schools really the best we can come up with?
Texas has embraced reforms, for example, that call for increasing the number of charter schools and eliminating some of the exams required to graduate from high...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:41 PM
Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks — rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism — can hide in plain sight.
Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Doctors have increasingly ignored clinical guidelines for the treatment of routine back pain by prescribing powerful and addictive narcotics instead of other recommended painkillers and by recommending unwarranted diagnostic imagery, according to a new...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:10 PM
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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:46 PM
"All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy."
That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act.
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat.
Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Certain health screenings, such as colonoscopies and cholesterol checks, are wise preventive measures, but other common tests may be unnecessary.
"I think we're doing too much over-screening," says geriatrician Dr. Suzanne Salamon, an instructor at...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 8:40 PM
OAKLAND — A court order was extended late Monday that will keep a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead on a ventilator for another week, while the facility pledged to work with the family to transfer Jahi McMath elsewhere if certain conditions could...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 3:08 PM
After a judge extended a court order keeping her 13-year-old brain-dead daughter on a ventilator in an Oakland hospital, Nailah Winkfield remained defiant to medical experts, insisting that Jahi McMath is alive.
“My daughter is breathing,”...