San Diego, California - Measles. Mumps. Polio. Chickenpox. Whooping Cough.

These are five of 14 childhood diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. But, a growing number of San Diego parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, leaving them prone to illness.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - When it comes to health care, big things are happening at the smallest level. That’s the word from experts who say that medical tests known as molecular diagnostics represent one of the most important steps in medicine in the last century.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - For parents and child care providers, the stats about accidental injuries of children up to age 19 are daunting but you can protect your own kids.

San Diego, California - Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.

San Diego, California - Scientists studying the most common form of inherited mental disability a genetic disease called “Fragile X syndrome” have uncovered new details about the cellular processes responsible for the condition that could lead to the development of therapies to restore some of the capabilities lost in affected individuals.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry any more than that in a precise ratio.

Jacksonville, Florida - Narrow stools that occur infrequently probably are harmless. However in some cases, narrow stools - especially if pencil thin - may be a sign of narrowing or obstruction of the colon due to colon cancer.