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Search engine: How artificial intelligence techniques are aiding the hunt for new drugs

<b>A better cure for cancer — and other illnesses — could already be in existence, hidden right under our noses.</b><p>The problem is that possible new lifesaving drugs are created much faster than scientists can study them. Millions of untested compounds wait, jumbled together in no particular order in vast …

Life Sciences

Exercise does a body good: 20 minutes can act as anti-inflammatory

<b>It’s well known that regular physical activity has health benefits, including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles and reducing the risk of certain diseases. Recently, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found how just one session of</b> …

Exercise

Bait and switch? Study finds fish fraud runs rampant

<b>Next time you go out for sushi in Los Angeles, don’t bother ordering halibut. Chances are it’s not halibut at all.</b><p>A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University checked the DNA of fish ordered at 26 Los Angeles sushi restaurants from 2012 through 2015, and found that 47 …

UC Berkeley

Scar-Free Healing Is Almost Here

Scientists have figured out how to make scars heal like regular skin.<p>Scars have been a persistent problem for people healing from injuries and surgery for all of human existence. But that might be about to change. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, …

University of Pennsylvania

UC Davis Veterinarians Help Paralyzed Cat Walk Again

DAVIS (CBS13) — Against all odds, a cat suffering from a rare spinal cord infection is back on all fours.<p>Just three months ago, Gray was paralyzed …

Wildlife

UCLA Depression Grand Challenge takes major strides in first year

One year after the launch of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, demonstration projects and an innovative treatment center are off the ground. The initiative aims to help the 300 million people around the world who are suffering from depression.<p>UCLA scientists have already established national and …

Life Sciences

How exercise influences health

<b>We know that exercise is good for you. But why, and how?</b><p>UC Irvine and UC Davis researchers will help investigate as part of a six-year, $170 million nationwide project to dig deep into the molecular changes that come from physical activity and how they influence health.<p>The National Institutes of …

Exercise

Analyzing brain patterns may help neuroscientists reduce fear

<b>A new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence.</b><p>The approach, developed by a UCLA-led team of neuroscientists, is described in two new papers, published in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Human Behaviour.<p>Their method could …

The Brain

Experimental spinal implant shows promise for restoring voluntary movement

<b>A spinal stimulator being tested by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is showing promise in restoring hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in a dirt bike accident five years ago.</b><p>In June, Brian Gomez, now 28, became one of the first people in the world to …

Life Sciences

The Top Health Stories of 2016

When it comes to big health news, 2016 had more than its fair share—some encouraging, some disappointing, and some a bit of both. From the Zika …

Health

Why Scientists Are Still Flummoxed by Alzheimer’s

Preventing memory loss and restoring it once it’s gone is the holy grail of brain science. In the United States alone, an estimated 5 million people …

CRISPR Technology Scientists on Their Gene Editing Tool

<i>BY ALICE PARK</i><p>Dr. Carl June’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania looks like any other biology research hub. There are tidy rows of black-topped …

Alzheimer’s and concussion-related CTE may spread in the brain via common mechanism

<b>A shared biological mechanism may drive the progression of both Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative condition associated with repeated concussions and brain trauma, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco scientists.</b><p>Both Alzheimer's and CTE are …

Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?

Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.<p>Have you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall?<p>If you worry these might be signs of significant memory …

Dementia

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.<p>As Chuck Peal lay in a Waterbury, Conn., emergency room one Sunday in early September, doctors furiously tried to make sense of his symptoms. Mr. Peal, 61, appeared to be dying, and they were not sure why.<p>He slipped …

Cancer

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 …

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 …

Medical Technology

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 …

Science

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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> …

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 …

Space Travel

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> …