Health & Science

  • To your health: Act fast to stop a stroke

    Every year, about 800,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States. Significant risk factors include atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Treating these conditions can significantly reduce the risk of first or recurrent stroke. As medical director...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves fiber-optic engineering study

    Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves fiber-optic engineering study

    The Rancho Santa Fe Association continues to move forward in building its own high-speed fiber-optic network, considered the most important initiative on the board’s agenda this year. At the April 6 RSF Association board meeting, the board approved a $168,832 expenditure for an engineering design...

  • Symposium offers latest on breast cancer treatments, research

    Symposium offers latest on breast cancer treatments, research

    Joan Lunden was busy with her career as a journalist, author and motivational speaker, and didn’t always get her yearly mammograms on time. In 2014, things changed. “I heard those words no one ever wants to hear: ‘You have cancer,’” said Lunden, a former long-time host of “Good Morning America,”...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident launches company to provide personalized cancer care

    Rancho Santa Fe resident launches company to provide personalized cancer care

    Rancho Santa Fe resident Blaise Barrelet recently launched CureMatch, a new company he believes could be the future of cancer treatment. CureMatch is a decision support platform designed to offer personalized medicine in cancer care. Operating on the belief that cancer is a personal disease that...

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident elected Chief of Staff at Scripps Green Hospital

    Rancho Santa Fe resident elected Chief of Staff at Scripps Green Hospital

    Physicians at Scripps Green Hospital have elected general and laparoscopic surgeon Amy Day, M.D., a Rancho Santa Fe resident, as the hospital’s new chief of staff. Day’s two-year term began on March 7. As chief of staff, Day will serve as the primary medical staff liaison to Scripps Green’s administrative...

  • Rancho Santa Fe hip replacement recipient serves as honorary observer at Farmers Insurance Open

    Rancho Santa Fe hip replacement recipient serves as honorary observer at Farmers Insurance Open

    Following a hip replacement surgery in October 2016, Rancho Santa Fe resident Ray Barshick has been able to fully embrace his active lifestyle again, pain-free for the first time in years.  At the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 29, Barshick served as an honorary observer on behalf of Stryker Orthopaedics,...

  • ‘Team Better’ app motivates and encourages women to take care of themselves and their health

    ‘Team Better’ app motivates and encourages women to take care of themselves and their health

    Many women today say they are busier than ever juggling their personal and professional lives. Whether they are spending time raising the kids, working at a demanding job or managing the household, they often don’t take the time to care for themselves and their health.  Two years ago, Norm Hamson...

  • Researchers identify second gene that causes ocular albinism

    Researchers identify second gene that causes ocular albinism

    The quest for better understanding and finding cures for ocular albinism is closer to fruition, thanks to the recent discovery of mutations in a second gene that can trigger this genetic vision disorder. This finding has major implications for better diagnosis of this disease. With a clearer understanding...

  • To Your Health: Back-to-school checklist

    To Your Health: Back-to-school checklist

    For many school-aged children, summer break is coming to an end soon. The new school year is just around the corner. For parents, it’s time to get that checklist ready, the one that makes sure your child gets off to a good, healthy start in the classroom. The following are top things to know to...

  • Carlsbad plant brings ocean water to your tap

    Carlsbad plant brings ocean water to your tap

    Jennifer Jones held out a plastic cup of water to a visitor. The water was crystal clear and tasted fresh and pure, as if it had been poured from a bottle of spring water. There was nothing to suggest that as recently as one hour earlier, that water had been pulled from the ocean by powerful pumps....

  • Scripps marine biologist shares findings about the deepest spot on Earth

    Scripps marine biologist shares findings about the deepest spot on Earth

    By Claire Discenza “The most exciting dive was the very first one,” said Doug Bartlett, marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Bartlett was one of the researchers who accompanied film director and producer James Cameron on his famous journey to the depths of the Mariana Trench...

  • Eye on Science: Six local researchers to watch in 2013

    By Lynne Friedmann 1) Natasha Balac is director of the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE), a new initiative of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. PACE will lead a collaborative, nationwide education and training effort among academia, industry, and government to create the next generation...

  • Scripps Partners with WomenHeart to focus on women’s heart health

    By Claire D’Andrea, R.N., Scripps Health What is the greatest threat to women’s health? Surprisingly, it isn’t breast cancer—it’s heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women over age 25, killing nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of...

  • International Bipolar Foundation acquires National Bipolar Foundation

    International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) recently announced the acquisition of the National Bipolar Foundation (NBF). NBF was founded by F. Marc Kullman in 2005. After being diagnosed in 1997 with Bipolar Disorder, he was determined to become a spokesperson for the disease, with hopes of eradicating...

  • To Your Health: Diabetes: Past, Present and Future

    By Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, Scripps Health In 1920, a Canadian surgeon by the name of Dr. Frederick Banting decided to test a theory. He believed that diabetes might be related to the function of the pancreas. Two years later, Banting and his assistant tested their insulin extract on their first...

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