Health & Science

  • UC San Diego doctors share insights on heart health in La Jolla

    UC San Diego doctors share insights on heart health in La Jolla

    For the better part of this century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the leading cause of death as heart disease. In women’s cases, however, there are diagnostic challenges and increased risk factors associated with heart disease. In honor of Heart Health Month...

  • Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Birding could not be better than at La Jolla Cove right now. If you peek over the edge of the fence on the north side of the lifeguard tower, you'll be able to see a Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) nesting rookery in mid-season. Over the past couple of months,...

  • Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Clinical trials are the final step before a new drug or treatment is approved for broad use in patients. In a series of phases, these trials investigate whether a new drug or treatment is safe, can be effectively administered and, of course, that it achieves its purpose of improving...

  • 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...

  • So Others May Eat holds Hep A forum: County says of 536 cases, 172 stricken were homeless and/or drug users

    So Others May Eat holds Hep A forum: County says of 536 cases, 172 stricken were homeless and/or drug users

    In preparation for the annual feeding programs for those in need held toward the end of the year at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Girard Avenue (in addition to ongoing bi-weekly dinners) the non-profit group, So Others May Eat (SOME), hosted a forum about Hepatitis A on Nov. 2 at the...

  • La Jolla Shores names street for local science hero Walter Munk

    La Jolla Shores names street for local science hero Walter Munk

    Someone close to Walter Munk told La Jolla Light that he secretly dislikes being referred to as the “Einstein of the Oceans.” For all his accomplishments as an oceanographer, he’s a modest man who doesn’t see himself as the genius other scientists credit him as being. The scene at Kellogg Park,...

  • Frontline Cancer: Examining the luck factor

    Frontline Cancer: Examining the luck factor

    • FRONTLINE CANCER: Some of you may have read news stories recently that suggested getting cancer is simply a matter of bad luck, and that nothing can be done to significantly reduce one’s cancer risk. This conclusion is based upon a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and...

  • FRONTLINE CANCER: Welcome to the biggest decade of discovery in medical history

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Welcome to the biggest decade of discovery in medical history

    When the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) speak with one voice, it’s time to listen. When they echo the words of the President of the United States, it’s time to act. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama debuted...

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