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US proposes stricter regulations on sugary drinks

The war against junk food has been picking up steam in the U.S.

After a ban on partially hydrogenated oils, advertisements in San Francisco for sugary …

San Francisco Bay Area

Happiness Research: What Makes You Happy?

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with Dacher …


8-Year-Old Girl Raises Money To Aid Kids At UCI Medical Center

IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — Jordan Gray is just eight years old, but she is already more than familiar with having to undergo procedures in the hospital. …


First U.S. study of transgender youth funded by NIH

Four sites with dedicated transgender youth clinics to examine long-term treatment effects.

By Juliana Bunim, UC San Francisco

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $5.7 million for a five-year, multicenter study, which will be the first in the U.S. to evaluate the long-term outcomes of …

UC Berkeley

Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

We would all love a simple weight-loss plan. Beyond carbs and fats, some studies have hinted that a key group of gut microbes — from the phylum Firmicutes — might be more common among people who are overweight.

Thinner people, these studies suggest, might have more bacteria from the phylum known as …

Life Sciences

New breed of paramedics treats patients before emergencies occur

Paramedic Jacob Modglin parks on a palm-lined street in Oxnard and jumps out of his ambulance. He is prepared for any kind of emergency.

But his patient is standing in the driveway of a one-story house, holding a thermos, and smiling. It's time for his 8 p.m. appointment.

Modglin is part of a new …


The ‘breakthrough’ drug Jimmy Carter is taking to treat his cancer - The Washington Post

Former president Jimmy Carter on Thursday detailed an array of treatments, including radiation, that he will undergo for the melanoma doctors discovered in his liver and brain.

But he also mentioned that he had received an infusion of pembrolizumab, better known as Keytruda, which is among the first …


How Sweet it Isn't

UCLA alumna brings back personal touch in doctor visits with Heal app

It took eight hours for Renee Dua to see a doctor after she rushed her son to the emergency room last year. After a long and stressful wait, doctors …

Electrical Engineering

'Empire Builder' has UCSD Health on the rise

David Brenner recruits stars, guides historic building boom


Unlocking the brain’s secrets

UCLA nursing faculty researchers are studying how the brain affects health.

By Pam Chwedyk

Faculty researchers are uncovering clues to the mystery of how the brain affects health throughout the body.

Is heart failure a disease of the brain? Before you answer “Of course not, it’s a disease of the …

The Brain

UC Irvine is transforming surgical education with iPads

Credit: Steve Zylius, UC Irvine

Information overload has been a large problem in medical education. After all, how many PubMed articles can a medical …


How clean is your spinach?

Ever wonder what that the words triple-washed or pre-washed on a bag of baby spinach mean?

Not much, according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside. They discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could be a key reason why there have been numerous bacterial …


Are Vitamin E Supplements Healthy or Harmful?

Dr. John Swartzberg is an internist and specialist in infectious disease and chairman of the editorial board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and


UCSD gets $52 million to speed drug development

NIH stoke's La Jolla's rise in translational medicine

San Diego

Finally, there may be a DEET-free mosquito repellent that actually works

This post has been corrected.

A start-up in California is nearing the final stages of development for a mosquito-repelling patch that, when stuck to a piece of clothing, can keep thirsty bloodsuckers away for up to 48 hours. The Kite patch works by blocking mosquitoes’ ability to detect the carbon …


Gravely-injured skydiver saved by "ripcord" in surgery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Iwan van der Schoor is a skydiving photographer who often has several cameras strapped to his body to capture photos and videos …


How the Songbird Learns to Sing

Like the best opera divas, songbirds must train their voices from an early age. But instead of studying for years at a conservatory, the birds’ …

The Brain

Best Chocolate for Your Health

Chocolate makes a lot of people happy, at least temporarily, but is it healthy?

Studies suggest that compounds in chocolate, called flavonoids, have …


Superhero window washers brighten a long stay in the hospital

Kids at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA received a sweet superhero surprise today. Descending three stories from the roof of the hospital to a …


A 'dramatic change:' More medical schools teach costs

Isaiah Roggow, a third-year medical student at the UC Riverside, examines patient Becky Ketchum during the school's free clinic.; Credit: Rebecca


Airplane Poop Could Help Track Global Disease Outbreaks

Researchers can sequence DNA from airplane toilets to trace resistance genes and potential pathogens.The post Airplane Poop Could Help Track Global …

Scientific Research

California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine funds UC Santa Cruz pediatric cancer project

The California Kids Cancer Comparison project led by the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute is one of two demonstration projects selected by the new …


This cancer drug may be our best hope yet for eliminating HIV once and for all

Your body is a reservoir for bacteria and viruses as much as it is a bag of your own cells. Some of these are disease-causing agents, lurking in waiting for an opportunity to attack. This is a huge problem for those with HIV, the virus that eventually leads to AIDS. Take the case of the Mississippi …


Can We Build A Better Breast Pump, Already?

The electric home breast pump was invented in 1991. Many women think it's time for an update. Here's how companies are innovating.

When Ayyana Chakravartula discovered she was pregnant for the first time, she borrowed a breast pump from a cousin of hers. Chakravartula, who has a PhD in mechanical …


One Heart Goes to Two People in Rare Transplant

How to convince vaccine skeptics, and how not to

Many people who are skeptical about vaccinating their children can be convinced to do so, but only if the argument is presented in a certain way, a team of psychologists from UCLA and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign reported today. The research appears in the online early edition of …

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

UC Santa Cruz researchers use big data to fight cancer

SANTA CRUZ >> Until recently, if a California child with cancer failed to respond to standard therapies, doctors frequently had difficulty …


A Killer on the Loose - Los Angeles Times

Patients at UCLA were becoming deathly ill.
A superbug was spreading. Could doctors stop it?


Doctors at UCLA’s flagship hospital were baffled: A healthy 40-year-old woman had fallen deathly ill after a routine procedure.

A long black scope had been threaded down her throat to treat troublesome …