Not-so-Stupid Human Tricks

Strange stuff: Persistent sexual arousal syndrome. An allergy to cold temperatures. Music-induced seizures. They are conditions that you may be hard-pressed to find in the medical literature. Bring them up in front of a physician, and in some cases you may get little more than a blank stare. But they exist. And while such rare […]

Anti-Aging Drugs – Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Very cool: Early but intriguing research on mice suggests a new mechanism of aging, and possibly a way to stall it. Drugs designed to target one aspect of aging also seem to help repair DNA damage and regulate gene activity, preventing them from going haywire with the stresses of time. “In principle, we now could […]


This falls squarely in “good news, bad news” territory: Late last summer, Rosemary Alvarez of Phoenix thought she had a brain tumor. But on the operating table her doctor discovered something even more unsightly — a parasitic worm eating her brain. … Yet at a key moment during the operation to remove [a] fingernail-sized tumor, […]

More Good News: Woman’s Lungs Repaired with Her Own Tissue

I’d mentioned that today was good-news-from-the-world-of-science day. Here’s more: The development of patient-specific tissues and organs for transplantation is a major target for many researchers working in biomedical engineering. A shortage of organ donors, and the necessity to knock out the recipients’ immune systems to prevent graft rejection, are both serious issues facing transplant surgeons, […]

Girl Lives Without Heart for 100+ Days

Lots of good science today. Here’s some more: Last spring D’Zhana and her parents learned she had an enlarged heart that was too weak to sufficiently pump blood. They traveled from their home in Clinton, S.C. to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami for a heart transplant. But her new heart didn’t work properly and could […]

Cringe-Worthy: Woman Awake During Surgery

Wasn’t there a movie about something like this? An Australian woman says she will have nightmares for the rest of her life after a horrific operation gone wrong. During the ordeal, Rebecca Jones, 24, claims she woke up during abdominal surgery at a hospital in Alice Springs, located in Australia’s Northern Territory. She could feel […]

Say What? Man Pregnant with Second Child

I think this is perhaps the most bizarre story of 2008:  Thomas Beatie, known as “the pregnant man,” was interviewed Monday by CNN’s Larry King. Joining Thomas was his wife, Nancy. Thomas gave birth in July to the couple’s first child, Susan, and now they’re expecting again. Larry King: Thomas and Nancy, welcome. Congratulations. How is […]

Scientists on the Way to Rerouting Past Paralysis

This is utterly amazing stuff: Though it will be years before spinal bypass surgery reaches even the clinical-experiment stage, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) and the Washington National Primate Research Center, both in Seattle, have figured out a way to get macaque monkeys in their lab to manipulate temporarily paralyzed muscles in their […]

Will Purple Tomatoes Kill Cancer?

This is fascinating: A new study has shown that, with a little help from science, some fruit may even cure cancer, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.  The trick for genetic scientists was to take the natural cancer-fighting dark pigment that exists in blueberries and cranberries, for example, and produce it in more commonly available fruit … […]