Brain

A Dress Rehearsal For Brain Death

July 3, 2012

In the movies, death in the hospital is usually portrayed as a clear-cut event. A steadily beeping heart monitor changes to a high-pitched drone, the doctor sadly removes his mask, and the family begins to mourn. But in reality, judging when life [Read more]

When Art and Science Meet Halfway

April 30, 2012

by Rob Mitchum Too often, art and science are treated as intellectual adversaries. Educational systems typically route students toward one pole or the other, with the artistic and scientific spheres rarely intersecting by the time one reaches the [Read more]

Can a KISS Predict Breast Cancer?

January 27, 2012

The most common cause of death from breast cancer is not the primary tumor, but metastatic disease, when the cancer travels and takes root in the brain. About 1 in 5 women with metastatic breast cancer will contract a brain lesion, and median [Read more]

Locating the Brain’s Strike Zone

January 18, 2012

In baseball, much is made of the half-second or less a batter is given to swing or not swing at each 100-mph fastball. But another important snap decision is made by the home plate umpire, who must pinpoint the position of the ball as it crosses the [Read more]