The number of Americans who puff cigarettes is steadily shrinking, from a high of 45 percent in the mid-1950s to just 18 percent of adults in 2012. It’s a big reason why the overall cancer mortality rate is also in decline. That’s the good news. The bad news is the rising popularity of two alternatives — electronic cigarettes and hookahs — both of which may be just as bad for users’ health, and ultimately lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes.
Barack Obama has named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Two scientists affiliated with UC San Diego are included on that list: Dr. Quyen Nguyen and Dr. Brian Head.
Pertussis activity in the region remains high with 26 new cases confirmed last week, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting.
People used to complain to the late great scientist of the cosmos, Carl Sagan, that they did not like astronomy because it was scary and made them feel small and insignificant in comparison with the grandeur of the universe.
Why do cancers recur when therapeutic evidence suggests they’ve been wiped out? The answer lies in a type of cancer cell with the powerful characteristic of normal stem cells – the ability to self-renew or regenerate.
Birch’s kelp forest, which mimics Southern California’s diverse marine ecosystem, will be closed from Jan. 6 to Feb. 8.
Researchers have developed a method to genetically engineer a key growth component in marine algae to enhance its biofuel production.
Imagine trying to treat pneumonia with insulin. Pretty quickly, you’d decide that pneumonia is hard to treat or insulin isn’t much of a drug. Neither conclusion would be true, of course. Pneumonia is effectively treated with antibiotics. Biosynthetic insulin saves the lives of millions of diabetics daily.
At a recent luncheon honoring Dr. Doris Howell of La Jolla (founder of the Doris Howell Foundation for women’s health) fellow wellbeing advocate Dr. Anne Wallace gave a presentation on the past, present and future of breast cancer. Director of the Breast Care Unit and Professor of Clinical Surgery at UC San Diego, Dr. Wallace opened with the point “this field is changing really rapidly.”
Ann Romney will be the keynote speaker at the “Visions of Success – From Research to Reality,” High Tea, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Grand Del Mar.