August 2010

Parasitic Editors Win the Genome

August 31, 2010

In biology, fitness can be crudely measured by a simple method: counting. If a particular species is well represented in a particular ecosystem, one can conclude that evolution has treated them well, with circumstances allowing them to thrive. [Read more]

Love in the Time of Diabetes

August 30, 2010

A diagnosis of diabetes brings with it a plethora of lifestyle changes. Patients must switch up their diet and exercise habits, take on a new routine of daily medications and injections, and keep an eye on their blood sugar. But another potential [Read more]

Two Words: Plastics and Toxicology

August 26, 2010

The story of bisphenol A (BPA), the organic compound used to make the stiff plastic of water bottles, CDs and other consumer products, has been well told by the media. Once thought to be harmless to humans in the amounts used for plastic production, [Read more]

Beating the Black Box

August 24, 2010

When the FDA adds a “Boxed Warning” to a drug – known casually and more dramatically as a “black box” – it can have dramatic consequences. The information is intended to warn physicians of potential adverse [Read more]

The Disparity of Pills

August 23, 2010

A great deal of attention has been paid in recent years to the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities. Statistic after statistic reveals that minorities in the United States, particularly African-American and Hispanic populations, are in [Read more]

Fighting Air Pollution…Indoors

August 18, 2010

Since the middle of the 20th century, fighting air pollution has been a primary goal of the growing environmental movement in the United States and around the world. Encounters with smog and toxic gases inspired waves of public anger and protest [Read more]