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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 Brain

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 …

Nanoparticles

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> …

Science

White racism linked to fatal heart disease for blacks and whites

<b>Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according to new research from UC Berkeley.</b><p>Researchers compared the racial biases of nearly 1.4 million people nationwide to death rates in more than 1,700 U.S. counties. Their findings suggest that blacks …

Racism

In my favorite childhood photo, I’m sitting in a big laundry basket in a pile of lab mix puppies. They’re licking my face, pulling on my curls and I’m laughing with absolute joy. Dogs are good at teaching us to live in the moment. But did you know they also inform us about diseases we have in …

Cancer

Study finds barriers to accessing HIV prevention pill

APLA Health, in partnership with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of the University of California, today (Sept. 12) released a new report on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) titled “Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay and Bisexual Men in California.” The report includes …

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The Health Effects of Growing Old, and Lonely

BLACKPOOL, England — The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week.<p>“Who did you celebrate with, Beryl?” asked Alison, whose job was to offer a kind ear.<p>“No one, I…”<p>And with that, Beryl’s cheer turned to despair.<p>Her voice began to …

Scientific Research

Most parents likely to follow outdated concussion advice

A new national survey, commissioned by UCLA Health, reveals that a vast majority of parents may be following outdated advice when caring for a child with a concussion, and it could be making their child’s symptoms worse.<p>“This survey really illustrates just how far the pendulum has swung in terms of …

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A deadly new trend: Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids sold as counterfeits

In March and April, 56 people in the Sacramento area were hospitalized after taking Norco brand hydrocodone pills. Fifteen died.<p>But, as we discovered, these pills were not pharmaceutical hydrocodone at all. They were counterfeits containing fentanyl that were purchased on the street. Fentanyl is an …

Fentanyl

Some breast cancer patients with low genetic risk could skip chemotherapy, study finds

Early-stage breast cancer patients whose tumors carry genetic markers associated with a low risk of disease recurrence may not need to undergo chemotherapy, suggests a new study that employed a test devised by a UC San Francisco researcher.<p>In the study, reported Aug. 24, in The New England Journal …

Chemotherapy

Lakers to partner with UCLA Health at new practice facility

EL SEGUNDO – The idea of sitting in a tub full of ice, to most people, likely sounds like a form of medieval torture or fraternity hazing. To …

NBA

Student delivers hope to hospital in homeland

Supporting Uganda's Atutur HospitalWant to get involved with Love A Community? Learn more about the nonprofit founded by Lydia Natoolo at www.loveacommunity.org.<p>If you’ve ever doubted the power of one person to make a difference in the world, you need to meet Lydia Natoolo.<p>She was a 33-year-old …

The aging paradox: The older we get, the happier we are

Believe it or not, there are upsides to getting older.<p>Yes, your physical health is likely to decline as you age. And unfortunately, your cognitive abilities like learning new skills and remembering things is likely to suffer too.<p>But despite such downsides, research suggests that your overall mental …

Aging

MRI scans may be able to diagnose CTE in living patients

CLA doctors have found what may be an earlier and easier way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disorder that is thought to affect some former football players and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.<p>Using a new software tool for analyzing MRI scans, the …

Focus: Making medicine more precise, accessible

Medical science is more advanced than at any point in history. Yet the health care system — medical science applied to actual patients — still leaves …

Medicine

Knuckle-cracking is actually good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the past 15 years, Tanya Johnson has been driving her boss nuts.<p>It's not her job skills -- Dr. Robert Szabo says Johnson is an excellent nurse -- but rather her incessant knuckle-cracking that makes him want to strangle her.<p>"I kept telling her to stop, that it was bad for her," Szabo …

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UC leads Zika carrier research

<b>The UC Mosquito Research Laboratory in Parlier is the epicenter of California research on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a tiny, black and white mosquito that can spread the Zika virus.</b><p>Aedes aegypti were first identified in California in June 2013, when they were found in the San Joaquin Valley …

Inside the mind of Sting

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?<p>To the casual listener, probably not much. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an …

Latinos age slower than other ethnicities, UCLA study shows

A UCLA study is the first to show that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups. The findings, published in the current issue of Genome Biology, may one day help scientists understand how to slow the aging process for everyone.<p>“Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite experiencing …

Needles not needed

<b>Unlike Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes often afflicts the young with an indifference to lifestyle and dietary habits. It begins when the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is necessary for balancing blood sugar levels, and it allows the body to use these</b> …

Chance Collaboration Yields an Advance in Cancer Treatment

A collaboration between an immunologist helping his stepmother fight cancer and the oncologist who treated her led to a discovery that could help many more patients benefit from a transformative new therapy.<p>A new class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors works by releasing a molecular brake that …

Cancer

The Chase

How fast can we roll out a Zika vaccine?<p>On a Saturday morning in April of 2014, Nenad Macesic, a thirty-one-year-old doctor-in-training, received an urgent phone call from the emergency room of Austin Hospital, just outside Melbourne, Australia. Lean and taut, with a swirl of dark hair, Macesic …

Medicine

'Neural dust' could treat the body from inside

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.<p>Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to …

Life Sciences

Latinos face digital divide in health care

When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.<p>Health communicators have gaps of their own to address: digital …

Digital Divide

Floss: Have dentists been stringing us along?

<b>To floss or not to floss, that is suddenly the question.</b><p>For decades, the federal government and dentists have recommended flossing daily to prevent cavities and gum disease.<p>Now the evidence for flossing appears to be hanging by a string.<p>The Associated Press announced this week that its …

UC Berkeley

UC hospitals rank among best in nation

The University of California has two of the nation’s top 10 hospitals and all five of its medical centers rank among the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey.<p>UCLA and UCSF medical centers ranked fifth and seventh in the nation, respectively, making U.S. …

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Four tips for preventing food allergies in school

Most parents send their children off to begin a new school year with excitement. But parents of children with severe food allergies typically feel real fear. Will their children successfully avoid the foods they are allergic to?<p>Infants and young children are most commonly allergic to cow’s milk, …

UCLA medical students witness spiritual side of care

<b>The patient’s eyes lift and brighten when Chaplain Andrew Couch walks into her room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her smile is small and tight, but a smile nonetheless. The woman has been in the hospital for nearly two months, waiting for a liver transplant.</b><p>“How are you feeling today?” …

Medicine

A trap for bedbugs?

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered the shed skins of bedbugs retain the “obnoxious sweetness” smell often associated with the pests, a finding that could potentially be used to combat infestations of the insects.</b><p>Bedbugs shed their skins, known as exuviae, as they …

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