wendy wolfson

Science Writer

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Radon and Lung Cancer Risk: What You Need to Know  Radon is the second leading preventable cause of lung cancer, after smoking. But many people are unaware they’re at risk.




Do You Need to Worry About Infections When Being Treated for Lung Cancer? Short answer: Yes, but you can take commonsense precautions to protect yourself.






Depression management lags, but PCPs may hold the key 
May 25, 2016
USPSTF now recommends that primary care physicians screen adults for depression only if the capacity exists for diagnosis, treatment, and followup. Yet how many smaller practices have the bandwidth?

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Shining a Light on Brain Tumors

Llewellyn “Trey” Jalbert knows what cancer looks like up close. Before applying to be a Ph.D. candidate in the Joint UC Berkeley/UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, he had spent two years as a research associate examining MRI images of patients with malignant brain tumors in the UCSF lab of Professor Sarah Nelson. Then, Jalbert himself was diagnosed with cancer—a malignant melanoma—and underwent surgery.


Plate piles keep levees intact

In the basement of Davis Hall, Hamed Hamedifar (Ph.D.’12 CEE) is rattling scale models of levees on a shake table, subjecting them to vibrations replicating the magnitude 6.9 El Centro earthquake of 1940. Hamedifar is designing a plate pile system, rectangular plates affixed to three-yard beams, to bolster the strength of levees in places like the California Delta.


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Staffan Hildebrand: film maker who charts the spread of AIDS

Nov 27, 2004 – One cold winter day in 1987, Staffan Hildebrand was summoned to the office of Hans Wigzell, President of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Hildebrand, already a cult figure in Sweden for his controversial youth documentaries, had made a film about AIDS in 1986. But Wigzell had in mind a far vaster …

When blue babies grow up

Aug 14, 2004 – Thanks to advances in surgery, thousands of babies born with heart defects now grow up to live near-normal lives. But these survivors have unique medical needs for which most doctors are unprepared. Wendy Wolfson learns what happens to “blue babies” when they become adults.

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A BioInformatics Chief and a Gentleman

A visit with Genentech’s new director of bioinformatics and computational biology

Orphan drugs: For love or money?

Finding drugs for rare diseases often starts with an entrepreneur.

Horizons: Innovation

February 10, 2003 | As you turn on the kitchen tap for a glass of water, realize how lucky you are. An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide drink unsafe water, and 2.2 million children under the age of five die of water-related diarrheal diseases each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


 Europe plans for drug making plants

01 October 2009 In August, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its first guidelines for growing genetically modified (GM) plants for purposes other than food, such as producing drugs, industrial enzymes, raw materials for biofuels and phytoremediation.  

FDA balks on MedImmune’s cell-grown flu vaccine

01 February 2010 The shift towards new cell culture–based flu vaccine production has been dealt a blow as MedImmune of Gaithersburg, Maryland, puts its manufacturing efforts on hold. The AstraZeneca subsidiary took this step after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested follow-on studies that would substantially increase the cost and time…

One shot at H1N1

01 November 2009 A single injection of unadjuvanted vaccine could provide adequate immunity to protect most people during the expected influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, an early study suggests. 


Saving SimBaby 

Can simulation can help medical teams communicate better?

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