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A window into the brain The Glass Brain is kind of...

A window into the brain The Glass Brain is kind of like it sounds. It’s a colorful, 3-D window into all the mysterious activities that light up the …

Using solar power to save lives Imagine a hospital without electricity. It’s estimated that 300,000 health clinics worldwide don’t have a reliable source of electricity. This means that nighttime...

Imagine a hospital without electricity. It’s estimated that 300,000 health clinics worldwide don’t have a reliable source of electricity. This means …

UC San Diego performs region's first heart-liver transplant

Frank “Sonny” Taitano has made history as the first person to undergo a concurrent heart-liver transplant surgery in the county. That detail is not …

San Diego

Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs In a Museum

Two and a half years ago, employees at THINK Surgical, a robotic surgery development company in Fremont, California, were cleaning out a storage unit …

Gene editing will transform cancer treatment

Jennifer Doudna | CRISPR pioneer<p>You may have heard of the gene-editing technique CRISPR-cas9, often simply called CRISPR. Introduced in 2012, CRISPR works like a pair of scissors to cut DNA, inserting or reordering bits of genetic code with remarkable, science-fiction-like results: CRISPR can help …

Genetics

Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

Loneliness can be a problem for older people, especially when they're in the hospital. Their children may have moved away. Spouses and friends may themselves be too frail to visit. So a California hospital is providing volunteer companions in the geriatric unit.<p>One of the volunteers at the UCLA …

Hospitals

UCLA identifies potential cancer treatment with fewer side effects than chemotherapy

Asynthetic version of a rare toxin produced by a sea creature appears to hold promise for treating many different types of cancer while minimizing the harmful side effects of widely used chemotherapy drugs.<p>A study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine describes research on a …

Cancer

A new approach to treating intestinal inflammation

Few treatments exist for bacteria-caused intestinal inflammation that leads to diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. But University of California, Irvine microbiologists have demonstrated a new approach that may lead to more effective remedies.<p>In the journal Nature, Manuela Raffatellu, associate …

UC Berkeley

Childhood infections provide lifelong protection against certain flu viruses

Exposure to influenza viruses during childhood gives people partial protection for the rest of their lives against distantly related influenza viruses, according to a new study in the journal Science.<p>Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona analyzed data from all known human cases of two …

Health

Facebook users live longer, study says

Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer – when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties.<p>Oh and you can relax and stop watching how many “likes” you get: That …

Facebook

Study finds wide exposure to environmental toxics in cohort of pregnant women

Low-income and Latina pregnant women who seek care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General have widespread exposure to environmental pollutants, many of which show up in higher levels in newborns than the mothers, according to a new study from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Biomonitoring California. …

Health

How to break the junk food habit

Which foods are addictive?Here are the 10 foods most associated with addictive-like eating, according to research by Ashley Gearhardt, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Michigan:• Chocolate<br>• Ice cream<br>• French fries<br>• Pizza<br>• Cookies<br>• Chips<br>• Cake<br>• Popcorn (buttered)<br>• Cheeseburgers<br>• Muffins<p><b>Do</b> …

Food

Travel to Mars, risk dementia

<b>Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it? That’s the question concerning University of California, Irvine, scientists probing a phenomenon called “space brain.”</b><p>UC Irvine’s Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles – much like those found in …

Scientists find way to reduce brain tumors — block cholesterol

<b>Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and The Scripps Research Institute, with colleagues in Los Angeles and Japan, report that depriving deadly brain cancer cells of cholesterol, which they import from neighboring healthy cells,</b> …

The Brain

How to sleep better

Trying to aim for eight hours of sleep, but end up with only six?<p>We all know we need to sleep more, but somehow can’t find the time, or don’t know how. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and chronic disease. It causes depression, anxiety, and stress, and impairs judgement.<p>Sara Mednick, …

UC Berkeley

Brain wave recordings predict whether antidepressants will work

<b>A study by researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA has found a new noninvasive way to predict which individuals will respond favorably to the most commonly used medications to treat depression — using brain wave recordings.</b><p>Depression is a major public health …

The Brain

Advances in breast cancer research and treatment bring hope

By the numbers• Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer.<br>• Roughly 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.<br>• About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year among U.S. women and 2,600 …

Gene editing marks key step toward sickle cell cure

A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients.<p>For the first time, they have corrected the mutation in a …

Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia

<b>UCLA scientists have made a major advance in understanding the biology of schizophrenia.</b><p>Using a recently developed technology for analyzing DNA, the scientists found dozens of genes and two major biological pathways that are likely involved in the development of the disorder but had not been …

Life Sciences

Beating breast cancer: The latest on prevention and screening

There’s good news on the breast cancer front: Advances in medicine are helping more women than ever survive a breast cancer diagnosis.<p>Death rates for the disease have been declining for nearly 30 years thanks to better screening and advances in treatment. The survival rate for women diagnosed with …

Gorilla Doctors

When the first Gorilla Doctor began helping mountain gorillas, the species was almost extinct. Today, they're the only population of great apes …

Mountains

UC San Diego Health Joins Precision Medicine Initiative to Tackle Pancreatic Cancer

Physician-scientists with Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health have been leading the way in pancreatic cancer care by investigating new …

Life Sciences

Why There’s New Hope About Ending Blindness

Thanks to medical advances and expanding treatment, it's no longer just a dream.<p><b></b><p>This story appears in the September 2016 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>From the day Christian Guardino was born, his mother, Elizabeth, knew that something was wrong with his eyes. They would jiggle and jerk and …

Medicine

Improving childhood health

UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Irvine researchers have been selected to take part in a $157 million federal initiative to understand how environmental influences from conception through early childhood can affect the health of youngsters and adolescents.<p>The UC Irvine researchers, led by Dr. Pathik …

The benefits of mother's milk

Scientists have long understood that mother’s milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as “passive immunity.” A research team at UC Riverside now shows that mother’s milk also contributes to the development of the …

$600M Chan Zuckerberg 'Biohub' led by UCSF, UC Berkeley announced

More on the BiohubJoe DeRisi, co-drector of the new Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Mission Bay, speaks about his vision for the Biohub and what researchers can look forward to.Read more<p>The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley (UC …

Ever wonder what the teen brain is thinking?

<b>If you’ve lived through your own or your kids’ adolescence, you know it’s an extraordinary time, marked by tremendous growth and a host of opportunities as well as challenges. Yet researchers know comparatively little about the teenage brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study</b> …

The Man Who Smuggles Nanodrugs Past The Body's Defenses

Liangfang Zhang is one of the 10 most brilliant people of 2016<p>Tiny, man-made spheres called nanoparticles can ­shuttle medicines to diseased tissues with incredible precision. But they all face a common challenge: The immune system sees the virus-size particles as threats, and eats them before they …

Scientists predict later allergy and asthma from newborn's microbiome

<b>A particular pattern of microbes living in a baby’s gut during its first month of life may directly impact the developing immune system, leading to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in childhood, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the Henry Ford Health System in</b> …