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UC hospitals ranked among best in the nation, state

<b>The University of California runs two of the nation’s top 10 hospitals and all five of its medical centers stand among California’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–18 rankings.</b><p>The list of “best hospitals,” released by U.S. News today (Aug. 8) ranked UC San Francisco Medical …

Health Care

Flame retardant exposure found to lower IQ in children

<b>A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers.</b><p>The study, published Aug. 3, 2017, in Environmental Health Perspectives, …

Research

Happy hour: A second drink linked to staying sharp in old age, new study finds

<b>Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study.</b><p>The findings are published in the August issue of …

Longevity

Traveling to Mars will wreak havoc on our bodies — can we prevent it?

<b>As humans prepare to venture deeper into outer space, including potential trips to Mars, researchers are hard at work trying to understand and mitigate the effects of low gravity and radiation on space travelers’ bodies.</b><p>“People think of technology as the limiting factor in space flight, but it’s …

UC Berkeley

Massive study launched to test personalized approach to breast cancer screening

<b>Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because even experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom.</b><p>That’s what Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of …

Cancer

UC Zika research aims to ‘collapse’ mosquito populations

Zika, dengue fever and other mosquito-born illnesses have surged to public attention in recent years, with Zika afflicting thousands of people across …

Genetics

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls. Boys appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder, but there is some evidence that the gender gap may not be as …

Autism

The science of sleep: A Q&A with neurology professor Ying-Hui Fu

<b>Ying-Hui Fu, a UCSF professor of neurology and a pioneer in the study of sleep and genetics, explains the science behind strange sleep patterns and shares why shut-eye is more important than you think.</b><p><b>Q: What ignited your interest in the genetics of sleep?</b><p>A: In 1996, I was introduced to an older …

Wellness

Brain circuits that express depression successfully altered

<b>University of California San Diego scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression.</b><p>In a study published in the journal Cell, researchers in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and …

Neuroscience

Drug reverses memory failure caused by traumatic brain injury

<b>In an unprecedented finding, UC San Francisco scientists used an experimental drug to completely reverse severe learning and memory impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice. Surprisingly, the drug fully restored the ability to learn and remember in the brain-injured mice even when</b> …

Neuroscience

Does smelling food make you fat?

<b>Our sense of smell is key to the enjoyment of food, so it may be no surprise that in experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight.</b><p>What’s weird, however, is that these slimmed-down but smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of …

Neuroscience

Western diet associated with chronic liver inflammation in UC Davis study

In a study of mice, researchers at the University of California Davis found that chronic liver inflammation is associated with a Western diet.

UC Davis

How grandparents' experiences can affect our genes

<b>Studies of human populations suggest that our health and longevity could be affected by the diets and experiences of our grandparents. For example, studies of a small community in northern Sweden where detailed historical records were kept found correlations between food availability for one</b> …

Genetics

Why you might want to go easy on the avocado

<b>When it comes to the fat in your diet, the line between good and bad just got blurrier.</b><p>Liberal consumption of so-called good fats — like those found in olive oil and avocados — may lead to fatty liver disease, a risk factor for metabolic disorders like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to …

Nutrition

Immigration status has health implications for young Latinos, study shows

<b>Young undocumented Latinos who gain legal status, even on a temporary basis, experience significant positive effects on their psychological well-being, according to a new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.</b><p>UC Merced professor Whitney Pirtle and UC Davis professor Caitlin …

Immigration

How safe is vaping?

<b>On the heels of another damning statistic against tobacco — it kills more than 7 million people each year, the World Health Organization said recently — come questions about whether vaping is a healthier substitute.</b><p>The idea that they could be stems from the fact that e-cigarettes and other vaping …

Public Health

A surgeon's fight to legalize HIV-to-HIV organ transplants around the world

<b>Peter Stock, M.D., Ph.D, a transplant surgeon at UC San Francisco, considers himself a representative specimen of his profession. “I think we’re all typically atypical,” he said, by which he means that transplant surgeons thrive on intensity, whether in the operating room or in pursuit of outside</b> …

Medicine

Growing a true hometown physician

<b>He may have just earned his medical degree, but newly minted UCSF graduate Walid Hamud-Ahmed has spent his lifetime cultivating the skills to serve as a doctor in his community.</b><p>One of six children of Yemeni immigrants, Hamud-Ahmed credits his medical school experience with providing him with his …

Toxic exposure: Chemicals are in our water, food, air and furniture

When her kids were young, Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, knew more than most people about environmental toxics. After all, she was a senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But even she never dreamed, as she rocked her children to sleep at night, that the plastic baby bottles she …

UC Berkeley

Chronic pain linked to increased dementia risk

<b>Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that older people with persistent pain show quicker declines in memory as they age and are more likely to have dementia years later, an indication that chronic pain could somehow be related to changes in the brain that contribute to dementia.</b><p>The study, …

Crispr May Cure All Genetic Disease—One Day

Author: Megan Molteni. Megan Molteni Business<p>Date of Publication: 06.07.17.<p>Time of Publication: 5:03 pm. 5:03 pm<p>Jennifer Doudna was sitting in her UC …

Genetics

UCLA doctors use magnetic stimulation to ‘rewire’ the brain for people with depression

<b>Americans spend billions of dollars each year on antidepressants, but the National Institutes of Health estimates that those medications work for only 60 percent to 70 percent of people who take them. In addition, the number of people with depression has increased 18 percent since 2005, according</b> …

3 minutes to mindfulness

<b>You’re late and there’s traffic. Your email inbox is flooded with urgent messages. You’re caught in the middle of a tiff between good friends. You have only a couple of weeks to move out of your place and find another. Your doctor says you need to “come in for some more tests.”</b><p>Stress and upheaval …

A new baldness treatment?

<b>In experiments in mice, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered that regulatory T cells (Tregs; pronounced “tee-regs”), a type of immune cell generally associated with controlling inflammation, directly trigger stem cells in the skin to promote healthy hair growth. Without these immune cells</b> …

Century-old drug could provide new approach to autism

<b>In a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who</b> …

Bicycling's huge costs in America

<b>Bicycle use has skyrocketed in popularity, but it’s also led to more accidents, with medical costs from non-fatal bike crashes climbing steadily by $789 million annually, according to a new study by UC San Francisco.</b><p>Over a 17-year period, medical costs of bicycle injuries to adults in the United …

Born in the Summer of Love: The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic transformed drug addiction treatment

<b>As a straight-laced zoology student at UC Berkeley in the 1950s, David Smith never imagined himself as a drug expert giving free medical care to ailing hippies in the middle of the Summer of Love.</b><p>His role in founding the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic was a world away from Oklahoma, where his …

4 out of 5 physician moms report discrimination, much of it based on motherhood

<b>Workplace discrimination is common in medicine for women physicians who are also mothers, affecting as many as four out of five “doctor moms,” according to a new survey led by UC San Francisco.</b><p>Of the nearly 6,000 physician mothers in the survey, nearly 78 percent reported discrimination of any …

UC Berkeley

UC launches drug discovery consortium

About the consortiumThe UC Drug Discovery Consortium aims to support early drug discovery projects on UC campuses by sharing resources and expertise. The consortium launched with the help of a UC grant to the Drug, Device, Discovery and Development workgroup of UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, …