Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy

Robert Carter for The Washington Post

Chemotherapy for colon cancer was worse than she anticipated — for a reason.

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Scientists are figuring out some weird things about a star they’ve nicknamed ‘Nasty’

Scientists are figuring out some weird things about a star they’ve nicknamed ‘Nasty’

Scientists don’t know what will happen to “Nasty” in the future, “but it definitely will not be boring,” one researcher said.

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Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy

Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for colon cancer was worse than she anticipated — for a reason.

Sometimes what seems like a concussion is something else

Sometimes what seems like a concussion is something else

One type of ear damage can cause dizziness, nausea and headache. But it’s fixable — with surgery.

For many Asian Americans, depression is an unfamiliar word

Immigrant families often don’t recognize mental illness and look for help only when there’s a crisis.

Live on your computer: 2-ton walruses frolicking on a remote Pacific island!

Live on your computer: 2-ton walruses frolicking on a remote Pacific island!

Revived webcam goes up close to show groups of walruses on Alaska’s Round Island.

California oil spill worries business owners and residents alike

California oil spill worries business owners and residents alike

Santa Barbara business owners fear a drop in holiday business; residents rally over environmental concerns.

California accepts farmers’ offer to cut water use during historic drought

California accepts farmers’ offer to cut water use during historic drought

State officials had warned that they were about to impose reductions for the first time in more than 30 years.

Oh, to be an ant on the road

Oh, to be an ant on the road

Somehow they march without a traffic jam — and no signs of road rage

Maybe someday, sunscreen you can take in a pill

Maybe someday, sunscreen you can take in a pill

New research is based on sun protection that some animals generate naturally.

NASA challenges students to think inside the box

NASA challenges students to think inside the box

Design 3-D-printable containers for use in outer space, and win prizes.

Patients have an important role to play in ensuring they get good medical care

Patients have an important role to play in ensuring they get good medical care

It’s up to you to pick a care coordinator, and you need track medical records and discharge plans.

Part of her brain was missing

Part of her brain was missing

Cole Cohen’s memoir describes life with a lemon-size hole in her brain.

You said a mouthful, Doctor

You said a mouthful, Doctor

Some dentistry blogs that might make you smile . . . more attractively

Programs that help first-time mothers reduce government costs, too

Programs that help first-time mothers reduce government costs, too

Support has been growing for home visits that show long-term benefits.

Steroid pills seem to offer little pain relief for sciatica

Steroid pills seem to offer little pain relief for sciatica

But a study found that people who took prednisone reported more mobility than those on placebo.

Future potential of brain chip is limitless after man controls robot arm with his thoughts

Future potential of brain chip is limitless after man controls robot arm with his thoughts

Scientists at Caltech reported Thursday that they had developed an implantable chip that gave a tetraplegic man the power to drink beer with a robot arm. This is just the beginning.

Why studying Alzheimer’s in people with Down Syndrome could help everyone

Why studying Alzheimer’s in people with Down Syndrome could help everyone

Scientists say further study of Alzheimer’s in people with Down Syndrome could help everyone.

Could Chinese ‘thunder god vine’ hold the solution for obesity?

Could Chinese ‘thunder god vine’ hold the solution for obesity?

A plant extract was found to reduce food intake and help obese mice lose 45% of their body weight.

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Drought plagues California

Drought plagues California

Climate models suggest many Western states will be facing longer and harsher droughts in the decades to come.

Could depression be an early manifestation of Parkinson’s?

Could depression be an early manifestation of Parkinson’s?

Scientists have long known that there is strong connection between depression and Parkinson’s disease. But is it a cause, an effect or something else?

Smaller Santa Barbara County oil spill still brings back memories of 1969

Smaller Santa Barbara County oil spill still brings back memories of 1969

The spill currently facing the California coastal area is, fortunately, nowhere near so large.

Scientists give yeast human genes to show how much we have in common

The scientists were able to create hundreds of human-yeast hybrids that survived just fine.

Meet the people who aren’t worried about killer robots

Meet the people who aren’t worried about killer robots

Forget the technopanic: A paralyzed man has used brain waves to bring a beer to his lips.

California faces a tough test to tame its unquenchable thirst for water

California faces a tough test to tame its unquenchable thirst for water

Outdated state laws didn’t bother to require water meters at many homes or even measure groundwater use.

Cleanup, questions begin after oil spill off the coast of California

Cleanup, questions begin after oil spill off the coast of California

Impact on wildlife still being assessed; company says tests on pipeline were done two weeks ago.

Dogs have been man’s best friend for much longer than we thought, a study suggests

Dogs have been man’s best friend for much longer than we thought, a study suggests

Researchers use DNA evidence to show that dogs split from wolves 27,000 to 40,000 years ago.

After years of paralysis, a man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robot

After years of paralysis, a man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robot

The arm taps into a different part of the brain than most mind-controlled prosthetics.

This bug’s pick up line to females draws a biting response: Death

This bug’s pick up line to females draws a biting response: Death

They sing to attract mates. And when they do, they die.

Hunts will continue, even after Japanese zoos vote to stop buying captured dolphins

Hunts will continue, even after Japanese zoos vote to stop buying captured dolphins

The traditional drive-hunts documented in “The Cove” won’t stop, the Taiji mayor declared.

Italy, Germany offer glimpse into elder care in grayer U.S., survey shows

A Pew Research study examines attitudes toward caring for older relatives in three nations.

Texas hunter who paid $350,000 to kill an endangered black rhino has bagged his prey

Texas hunter who paid $350,000 to kill an endangered black rhino has bagged his prey

“I felt like from day one it was benefiting the black rhino, and I’ll feel like that until the day that I die,” Corey Knowlton said.

Round of tests at D.C. General shelter finds no lead exposure, officials say

Testing was conducted in common areas and on nine residents after two children showed signs of exposure.

BP oil spill is sending record number of dolphins to watery graves, scientists say

BP oil spill is sending record number of dolphins to watery graves, scientists say

Dolphins had lesions in their lungs and shrunken adrenal glands that help regulate body function.

Oil slicks off California coast span 9 miles

Oil slicks off California coast span 9 miles

An onshore pipeline was operating at full capacity when it broke, a company official said.

For the first time ever, a dinosaur fossil has been found in Washington state

For the first time ever, a dinosaur fossil has been found in Washington state

It’s the 37th state to find a dinosaur -- and may be the last.

Ancient snakes had tiny little hind legs and hunted alongside dinosaurs

Ancient snakes had tiny little hind legs and hunted alongside dinosaurs

The first snakes hunted at night in the lush forests of the Early Cretaceous period about 128 million years ago.

Stone tools may have been used before our genus came on the scene

Stone tools may have been used before our genus came on the scene

Tool use originated some 700,000 years earlier than previously assumed.

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