Health & Science

  • 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,”...

  • Carmel Valley resident to be recognized as a 'Woman of Influence'

    Carmel Valley resident to be recognized as a 'Woman of Influence'

    Carmel Valley resident Dr. Maryam Davodi Far has been selected as a final nominee for the San Diego Women of Influence Awards. Davodi Far is being recognized for the work she does with the Cancer Coping Center. On March 15, Davodi Far will be among a number of other women who will be honored as...

  • Del Mar native overcomes hearing loss, receives scholarship to pursue medical career

    Del Mar native overcomes hearing loss, receives scholarship to pursue medical career

    Del Mar native Victoria Popov, 22, was recently awarded the Graeme Clark Scholarship from Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. Born deaf, a whole new world opened up for Popov when she received cochlear implants at ages 8 and 17. The Canyon Crest Academy graduate...

  • UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    UCSD Supercomputer Center shaped by two Del Mar residents

    When the San Diego Supercomputer Center opened on the UCSD campus in 1985, its first machine, the CRAY XMP-48, cost $14 million and was considered one of the fastest computers in the world. Today’s iPhones, which can fit easily in a pocket or purse, are more powerful. Over the past 32 years, the...

  • Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    On the afternoon of Jan. 3, Christine Geckeler had early stage breast cancer. Hours later, she did not. Geckeler, 58, underwent a new breast cancer treatment at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla that allowed her to get all her radiation at once just moments after undergoing a lumpectomy operation....

  • Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

    Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

    Dr. Douglas Chang's lifelong interest in spinal and brain injuries has led him to care for everyone from astronauts, Oympians and NFL players to regular folks who have hurt themselves while playing sports on the weekend. Chang, 50, a Carmel Valley resident, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation...

  • Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Carmel Valley resident Imad Dandan, M.D., receives International Service Award

    Imad Dandan, M.D., trauma medical director at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, has received the Outstanding Service Award from American University of Beirut (AUB) Surgical Alumni of North America.  Dandan, a native of Lebanon, earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut Medical...

  • ‘Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy’ helps patients find root of the problem

    ‘Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy’ helps patients find root of the problem

    A past patient at Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Bressi Ranch location. Brian Stone, PT, DPT, clinic director at that office, said she attributed her health and longevity to “a good sense of humor and sticking to her exercise program.”  “Many of...

  • 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....

  • New San Elijo Lagoon nursery sows native plants

    New San Elijo Lagoon nursery sows native plants

    Native plants are needed to restore the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, but many of them can’t be found commercially. That’s where the new San Elijo Nursery, one of the few of its kind in Southern California, comes in. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy officials and donors on Oct. 21 cut the ribbon...

  • Brain Fitness programs start Sept. 15 in Del Mar

    Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) is once again offering its two popular Brain Fitness programs starting Sept. 15 at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 Ninth St., Del Mar. For those interested in participating, orientation meetings will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 for the “Basic Brain Fitness”...

  • Free ovarian cancer forum Sept. 16 at Scripps La Jolla

    Learn important information about ovarian cancer at a free educational forum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Presenting at the forum will be a panel of educators and cancer survivors from the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego. The event will help attendees...

  • To Your Health: Six myths, facts about heart health

    Between the Internet, television news and social media, it seems there is a new story about heart disease nearly every day. While a great deal of information is out there, not all of it is accurate. Considering that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide — accounting for...

  • ‘End of Life’ program to be discussed July 23

    A new program that identifies patients’ wishes regarding end-of-life medical treatment will be outlined at an educational workshop set for 10 a.m. July 23 at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 Ninth St., Del Mar. The program, known as POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment), was...

  • First responders working to sharpen public’s CPR skills with simpler method

    Promoting "hands-only CPR," first responder agencies in the San Diego County Service Area 17 — Del Mar Fire Department, Encinitas Fire Department, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, and Solana Beach Fire Department — and ambulance service provider American Medical Response, are striving...

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