January 6, 1988 |
Frank Baldino gave up a top-level research job at Du Pont Co. three months ago. Now, working from a borrowed office in Malvern, he is assembling a team of scientists that will seek new treatments for some of humanity's most debilitating diseases. "This is a big game we're playing," said Baldino, president and scientific director of Cephalon Inc. A group of venture capitalists lured Baldino, a neuroscientist, from Du Pont to head Cephalon, a new biotechnology firm. Cephalon's financial backers want Baldino to apply recent breakthroughs in biotechnology to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other degenerative brain disorders.
July 2, 1998 |
For the first time ever, doctors have implanted artificial brain cells into a human, a 62-year-old stroke patient in Pittsburgh, opening the possibility of eventually treating people with brain disorders ranging from Parkinson's disease to Alzheimer's. The experimental procedure was fueled by research at the University of Pennsylvania, where neuroscientists John Trojanowski and Virginia Lee figured out a way to take certain cancer cells and turn them into brain cells. Scientists don't know yet whether transplanting brain cells - neurons - can reverse damage caused by stroke or any other brain disease.
July 27, 2006
THE CONCEPT of lying is even more pervasive than illustrated in the July 5 op-ed by Jim Castagnera. Apart from the examples of "Scooter" Libby and President Clinton, we know that politicians in general lie when they consistently promise what they can't deliver. Men consistently lie to seduce women. Advertisers lie when they bury significant information about their products in the fine print. From the medical viewpoint, people may lie because they just can't help it. Like compulsive gambling, there is a medical disorder called pathological lying.
March 31, 1997 |
Scientists are increasingly finding that mental disorders may only be malfunctions of the physical brain, much like a broken ankle, and, perhaps, equally curable. The brain is highly specialized, and mental maladies are rooted in specific areas of the brain. Anxiety disorders may affect areas of the brain that govern emotion; schizophrenia, areas that govern hearing and sight. "By knowing where in the brain things may go wrong in mental disorders, we can target rationally designed treatments," said Steven Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
September 13, 1990 |
THIS SLUG'S FOR YOU You may already know that slugs have a fatal attraction for beer - and that you can rid your garden of them by setting out a container of beer, into which they will crawl and die. But what brand of beer do they like best? In a Colorado State University researcher's taste test, Budweiser was the slugs' choice, by a 5-1 ratio, the Wall Street Journal reports. However, don't expect Anheuser-Busch to replace Spuds Mackenzie with Slugs Mackenzie. CRACK-BRAINED If you needed it, here's another reason not to smoke crack: Its use appears to be causing a rash of strokes among young adults, says a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, which describes 28 people who suffered strokes within 72 hours of smoking crack.
June 15, 1993 |
The neurosurgeon who led the six-person team that removed a two-inch benign brain tumor from U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter yesterday was Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, known as "the best of the best. " Flamm, 56, the Charles Harrison Frazier Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the neurosurgery department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania since 1988, has performed thousands of brain operations during his 31-year career. Specter was "in very good hands," said Dr. Michael Sisti, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, who knew Flamm when he worked in New York.
June 4, 2001 |
The Bucks County Mental Health system is in crisis. One major cause is the inability of mental health service providers to recruit and retain trained staff because of unrealistically low salaries. Without enough staff, the safety net for people with mental illnesses will unravel. Low salaries affect everyone in the system, from residential staff to psychiatrists. The range of services affected spans the entire system: residential housing, walk-in and mobile crisis services, adult and children's outpatient care, adult partial hospitalization, substance-abuse specialists, case management, children's wraparound treatment (in home and school)
February 15, 2013 |
Raymond P. Hill Jr., 27, of Havertown, a former research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, in San Francisco of an overdose of prescribed medication. A lively man who showed great promise, Mr. Hill had struggled with depression and addiction for several years, his family said. On Dec. 31, he went to California on a spiritual journey to clear his head, he told his family in an e-mail. He planned to enter a Caron Foundation drug-rehab center in January, said his mother, Cass.
June 24, 1992 |
You are relaxing to the hypnotic sounds of the ocean, when suddenly you hear a car crash followed by screams. Your muscles tense, pulse quickens and pupils dilate. Your breathing becomes rapid and shallow. The limbic system of your brain is now in command. A primitive part of the brain, the limbic system triggers the body's "fight or flight" response - physiological changes that prepare the body to face danger. But the danger this time is brought to you by tape-recorded sounds - just one way that an ambitious million-dollar exhibit at the Franklin Institute helps you to get inside your head.
February 7, 1996 |
John E. du Pont, the oddball millionaire with a fondness for poking and squeezing on the wrestling mat, will get a taste of his own medicine today. He'll be examined and probed by a team of University of Pennsylvania physicians, conducting a battery of court-ordered neurological tests. The alleged killer's lawyers want to determine whether he has any brain disorders that might be the cause of his widely reported bizarre behavior. The tests, along with psychological examinations, could provide du Pont's attorneys with the basis for an insanity defense, psychiatric experts say. Du Pont faces first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 26 slaying of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz at du Pont's 800-acre Foxcatcher Farm.