February 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK --Los Angeles-based designer Gregory Parkinson showed his fall 2013 collection in a presentation format during New York Fashion Week, at the bohemian chic NoMad Hotel not far from the Flatiron District. Looking at the clothes set up in the hotel's Beaux Arts-style salon, it was easy to imagine the mannequins coming to life and sipping Champagne with fancy guests. The look: Tea-length skirts worn with cropped blouses or camisoles, and dresses with evening jackets, all in the loveliest layers and tiers of hand-dyed lace in saturated hues of plum, teal, pink, navy blue and black.
December 3, 2012 |
In a small but hopeful step for researchers working on therapies to treat Parkinson's disease, a team in Japan has used stem cells harvested from bone marrow to restore function in monkeys with the debilitating condition. The cell transplants didn't cure the macaques, but did improve motor skills in the animals and appeared to do so safely, the scientists wrote Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation - suggesting that stem cells from bone marrow might someday be a useful source for treatments of Parkinson's in humans.
September 13, 2012 |
Inside the human skull lies a 3-pound mystery. The brain - a command center composed of tens of billions of branching neurons - controls who we are, what we do and how we feel. "It's the most amazing information structure anybody has ever been able to imagine," says Dr. Walter Koroshetz, deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md. For centuries, the brain's inner workings remained largely unexplored. But all that is changing.
July 13, 2012 |
Nearly 20 years removed from the White House, former President George H.W. Bush, accompanied by his wife, Barbara, sat down for an interview with Parade Magazine . Praising two out of his three presidential successors, Bush saved his critiques for anti-tax ringleader Grover Norquist. Bush, whose campaign for reelection in 1992 was severely damaged by his failure to live up to his pledge “no new taxes,” was asked how he felt about that same pledge becoming the calling card for the current class of Republicans.
June 29, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Who hasn't heard of mad cow disease? Maybe there are a lot more diseases like that than we recognize -- such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's -- that are caused by a rogue, mis-folded piece of protein that seeds other bits of protein to mis-fold as well. So argues Stanley Prusiner, a UC San Francisco professor, in a commentary in the journal Science. Prusiner won a Nobel Prize for finding that a class of neurodegenerative diseases (of which mad cow is one)
June 23, 2012 |
In writer-director David Fenster's new film “Pincus,” which had its world premiere as part of the narrative competition at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, a young man tries to navigate through his own life while also caring for his father, debilitated by Parkinson's. The movie stars Fenster's former CalArts classmate David Nordstrom, as well as the filmmaker's own father, Paul Fenster, who has been living with Parkinson's for 13 years. In the film's own lyric, delicate way, the character played by Nordstrom - who also starred in Fenster's 2004 road movie “Trona” and had his own film “Sawdust City” at LAFF last year - seems to be on something of a collision course with himself.