At one hospital in San Francisco, more than half of the patients in an alcohol abuse program refuse medications that could help them stop drinking. So Bay Area scientists find themselves waging two campaigns: to develop drugs that work, and to convince alcoholics to take them.
Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. So it makes sense that pain treatment is a huge part of our health care system, costing more than $100 billion dollars a year. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways. As Lauren Sommer reports, some researchers are trying to understand it better by looking at a very unusual creature.
But the question remains, how do we make healthy eating cool?
Post on May 27, 2011 by Darya Pino
Prince Charles is a long-time supporter of organic and sustainable farming, but this speech took his advocacy a step further.
Post on May 13, 2011 by Darya Pino
Another mysterious fish die-off happened in a Southern California harbor last week. Scientists are still trying to figure out what caused six tons of sardines to go belly-up in Ventura. Those sardines tested positive for a neurotoxin caused by algae blooms. Meanwhile, commercial shellfish growers say they're noticing some strange patterns as well, as Amy Standen reports.
New research by Nobel Prize winning UCSF researcher, Elizabeth Blackburn, provides a possible mechanism by which exercise protects against stress-related chromosome aging.
Post on Apr 15, 2011 by Darya Pino
"Minuscule" amounts of iodine-131 was found in milk from Washington state.
Post on Apr 01, 2011 by Darya Pino
Government works when it is directed towards helping its citizens live healthy and productive lives.
Post on Mar 11, 2011 by Jim Gunshinan
Rodents and other mammals might not be ideal for studying type 2 diabetes because of a gene that was deleted from the human genome millions of years ago.
Post on Mar 04, 2011 by Darya Pino
40 years ago, Stanford psychology professor Phillip Zimbardo's notorious Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrated how good people can do evil things. Now, his "Heroic Imagination Project" takes those lessons to an Oakland high school to see if heroes can also be made.
High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets have been used to treat high triglycerides since the 1960s.
Post on Feb 18, 2011 by Darya Pino