Anne Underwood

Scientists Foresee Breakthroughs With Stem Cells

It's a chilling thought. In the coming year, 130,000 people worldwide will suffer spinal-cord injuries—in a car crash, perhaps, or a fall. More than 90 percent of them will endure at least partial paralysis.

Dreams and Suitcases

An attic in a former insane asylum offers a vivid reminder of the ways we've treated the mentally ill.

Jogging Your Memory

You can push your aging brain to recall more facts and dates, scientists say, if you use a little muscle.

Overcoming Multiple Personality Disorder

What is it like to live with 17 alternate selves? A survivor of multiple personality disorder discusses the disease and the painful integration process that made her whole.

Waiter, Please Hold The Wheat

Symptoms can be baffling at first. But once doctors diagnose celiac disease, patients can take advantage of a growing array of healthy foods.

Study: Zocor May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Who wouldn't love to find a drug to help prevent or at least delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease? It turns out that one may already exist. Dr. Benjamin Wolozin, professor of pharmacology at Boston University School of Medicine, posted a study this week in the online journal BioMed Central Medicine showing that the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor (simvastatin) reduced the incidence of both Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's by about 50 percent in a population of 4.5 million veterans over a...

'Sexsomnia': Rare Form of Sleep Walking

When Jan Luedecke of Toronto was arrested and tried for sexual assault, he had an unusual defense—he did it in his sleep. Really. It may sound farfetched, but Luedecke, who was 33 at his 2005 trial, had a history of sleepwalking.

Rivers of Doubt

The common white sucker is nobody's favorite fish. It's a bottom feeder that trout fishermen in Colorado happily toss back into the water. But it's also what scientists call a sentinel—a species whose health (or lack thereof) can warn us about problems in the environment.

A Prostate Cancer Revolution?

Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men, after lung cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that in 2007 there will be 219,000 new cases and 27,000 deaths.