Jon Hamilton

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Why California's Superbug Outbreak Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The outbreak of drug-thwarting bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients at a UCLA hospital isn't likely to spread further, doctors say. Still, drug resistance is trouble nationwide.


Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.

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Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

Monday, February 16, 2015

In 2007, a plastic called Tritan became a hit, partly because it was free of the chemical BPA. Then a competitor began suggesting that Tritan products contained other chemicals that act like estrogen.


Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Friday, January 23, 2015

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.


From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.


Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brain imaging can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.


How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Millions of deep-water fish die every year because of barotrauma, a condition divers know as "the bends." But scientists say descending devices can help fish survive a trip to the surface.


A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

Monday, December 22, 2014

There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.


A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.


Microsoft Co-Founder Gives $100 Million To Research Roots Of Cancer

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Billionaire Paul Allen's new institute in Seattle will examine how the cells in your body work — and how and why they malfunction, leading to tumors, Alzheimer's and other diseases.


Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

Monday, December 08, 2014

When Bob Smithson could no longer breathe on his own and surgeons wanted to operate, his doctor decided to take a chance on a different treatment. That decision gave Bob another chance at life.


A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.


Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Friday, November 21, 2014

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.


Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.


Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.


Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Monday, November 10, 2014

Millions of children aren't going to school because of Ebola. The fear is that some kids will never return to class. For others, the time off means putting their career dreams on hold.


An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The town of Foya has had no new cases in a month. Credit goes to a care center and an ongoing effort to calm fears and allow family members to communicate with patients — and view the dead.


Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The rate for routine vaccinations of babies used to be 97 percent. Now the figure is 27 percent. Blame it on the rippling effects of the oubreak.


For Healthy Liberians, Life Continues — With Some Adjustments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.