Evvie Heilbrunn: Climbing for a Cause

Evvie Heilbrunn is no shrinking violet. Four days a week the two-time breast cancer survivor hikes at least two hours or works out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. She sweats it out with a personal trainer another two days. And did I mention that she has Parkinson’s disease and will climb Mount Everest this fall? Heilbrunn, 57, of Great Falls, Va., will travel to Nepal in October with other Parkinson’s patients from the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute in …

Is Your Waistline a Stem Cell Warehouse?

If you’ve ever so much as considered liposuction, it’s probably because you want to look more buff. (That is, unless you’re Miami avant-garde performance artist Orestes De La Paz, who made some of his adipose tissue into soap.) Now there may be an additional reason to have excess fat surgically suctioned from your body: The unsightly stuff turns out to be a rich source of stem cells. Someday doctors might be able to use the cells to repair your heart, …

How Alligators Could Keep You Out of the Dentist’s Chair

You’ve heard of royal families having “an heir and a spare” in waiting to become the next king. Well, the same is true of alligator teeth: Behind every tooth is a replacement tooth, just in case, as well as the material needed to keep more teeth coming – as many as 50 times throughout the scary reptile’s life. Why should we care, other than to know that if an alligator breaks his tooth while eating us, another will grow back? …

News To Know: Medical Tourism, Buyer Beware

With limited options at home, an increasing number of Americans are looking abroad to treat diseases with stem cells.