Health & Science

  • Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: It was an exceptionally warm fall here in La Jolla, with record high temperatures being observed day after day. Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day tied the previous high record for that late in November (87 degrees F). Now that we are into winter, many of the flowering shrubs and...

  • BAD TIDINGS: La Jolla flooding circa 2070

    BAD TIDINGS: La Jolla flooding circa 2070

    When La Jolla Shores dedicated a street to Scripps Institution of Oceanography legend Walter Munk in October, Munk thanked the crowd but noted that, in 100 years, “Walter Munk Way will probably be underwater.” A hundred years is a long time for people who have debt, businesses and other more pressing...

  • La Jolla Bee Lady cautiously buzzing

    La Jolla Bee Lady cautiously buzzing

    Ten years ago, colony collapse disorder threatened honeybee populations worldwide. Beekeepers suddenly discovered 30 percent of their hives mysteriously bee-less. Alarm bells went off. While most people view bees as a picnic nuisance, these stinging insects are actually vital to what’s in the picnic...

  • How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    Through the windows of his corner office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography — the office he inherited from Sally Ride after she moved back to the UC San Diego physics department in the early 2000s — Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan has yet to see any of the disastrous effects of global warming predicted...

  • Frontline Cancer: A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't work fighting cancer

    Frontline Cancer: A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't work fighting cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Almost two years ago in his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama launched the U.S. Cancer Moonshot initiative, a bold, ambitious set of goals to fight cancer, including achieving a decade's worth measurable, significant progress in half the time. Almost half a century...

  • Frontline Cancer: Thankful for enlightened scientists

    FRONTLINE CANCER: "Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain." —Bob Dylan,"Not Dark Yet" Here's a doctor's confidentiality: I'm a huge Dylan fan. My admiration for the singer and songwriter is deep and abiding, no matter how much the times they are a-changin.' I've read possibly...

  • Frontline Cancer: Exercise can lower your cancer risk

    FRONTLINE CANCER: We all know physical activity is important to health. For decades, it has been strongly linked to lowered risk of heart disease (the nation's leading cause of death at 614,000 deaths annually), but the full benefits of sufficient exercise are much broader and more profound. Nowhere...

  • Scripps patient shares her breast cancer survival story

    Scripps patient shares her breast cancer survival story

    As one of San Diego Police Department’s first female patrol officers, Janet Chelberg-Burgess of San Carlos experienced a lot in the field, things most people don’t see in their lifetimes. But her biggest challenge to date is something frighteningly common that affects about one in every eight women:...

  • Frontline Cancer: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: When you have diabetes, your body cannot produce enough or effectively use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels. The resulting complications are widespread and notorious, from stroke, blindness and kidney failure to nerve damage, skin problems, dental issues...

  • New wellness center comes to La Jolla: PDG Health focuses on 'functional medicine'

    New wellness center comes to La Jolla: PDG Health focuses on 'functional medicine'

    In a new “con-zen-porary” space above Prospect Street, acupuncturist Paul Gamache opened the doors to PDG Health wellness center the first week of July to provide a space for functional medicine in La Jolla, including chiropractic services, acupuncture, nutrition consultations, meditation, cooking...

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