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Exercise Away Your Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may think that rest is the best remedy. But for most people with back pain, being active is far better. …


Gel Filled with Nanosponges Cleans up MRSA Infections

Toxin-absorbing nanoparticles are loaded into a holding gel to make a nanosponge-hydrogel, which can potentially treat local bacterial …


Training Tijuana Cops To Avoid HIV Infections From Needle-Sticks

Aired 5/19/15 on KPBS News.

Tijuana police practices put officers at high risk for needle-stick injuries that can lead to HIV infections. UC San Diego …


COPD, Asthma and the Environment

Smoking is the culprit of chronic obstructive lung disease – everybody knows that. Except when it isn't. While smoking remains the major cause of …


Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulation

Fans of homebrewed beer and backyard distilleries already know how to employ yeast to convert sugar into alcohol. But a research team led by UC Berkeley bioengineers has gone much further by completing key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and …

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Youth dance classes score low in physical activity

For parents who send their kids to dance classes to get some exercise, a new study from researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests most youth dance classes provide only limited amounts of physical activity.

The study, published online May 18 in the journal …


Alcoholism drug appears to work for meth addiction

A new study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

“The results were about as good as you could hope for,” said Lara Ray, a UCLA associate professor of psychology, director of the UCLA …


UC Scientists Discover Drug Makes Brains, Bodies Young Again

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Stem Cells

5 Minutes to A Better Back

These three exercises can help reduce or prevent low back pain. All of them target the core muscles (abdomen, back, and pelvis), which are …

Lower Back Pain

When the Brain Can't Make Its Own Maps

People with a rare neurological condition called Developmental Topographical Disorientation, or DTD, can even get lost inside their own houses.

Even though she hates lawn ornaments, Sharon Roseman, 68, has a grinning, pink lobster outside her home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She calls him Louie, …

The Brain

Home-brewed heroin could be a thing, thanks to genetically engineered yeast - The Washington Post

A new paper in Nature Chemical Biology suggests that yeast can be modified to produce opiates from sugar -- albeit not without a whole lot of biology expertise -- meaning that dangerous drugs could be made at home the same way hobbyists create beer. But researchers warn that regulators should act …


Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt

Dr. Peter Whybrow is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the author of “The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived” (out May 18 from W.W. Norton), from which this op-ed is adapted. This op-ed appeared May 10 in the Wall Street Journal.

The …

Life Sciences

Deep brain stimulation tested as treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to …

The Brain

Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a …

Aging Brain

Persistence yields progress in AIDS vaccine research

Phil Berman has been working to develop an AIDS vaccine for nearly 30 years, first at the pioneering biotech company Genentech, then as cofounder of VaxGen, and now at UC Santa Cruz, where he is the Baskin Professor of Biomolecular Engineering. Since his arrival at UC Santa Cruz in 2006, Berman has …


The Truth About Vaccines

A Conversation with Nina L. Shapiro

Dr. Nina L. Shapiro is the director of pediatric otolaryngology and a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Cornell University, Shapiro has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the …


Dietary Supplements: Can You Separate Fact from Fiction?

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

Healthy Food

To be healthy, take care of your microbiome

For Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, overhauling their family’s diet was an easy decision. Their toddler was painfully constipated, and the couple run a …

News (Canada)

This Is Why Jealousy Feels So Bad

Envy and jealousy are complex emotions. We talked to some experts about why it feels so bad and how you can tame this terrible feeling.

You already know that envy and jealousy are terrible feelings. They can affect your work, your relationships, and your life.

But why does it actually feel so bad? And …


Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds

"The lifetime costs of obesity are sobering to say the least," said University of California System President Janet Napolitano at an event today to …


Small but mighty VC doubles size with new biotech seed fund

Mission Bay Capital is coming back for more. The seed-stage venture capital firm, with its keen interest on pushing University of California life …

Venture Capital

With Specialists In Short Supply, L.A. County Turns To e-Consulting

Doctors called it the black hole.

If their low-income or uninsured patients needed specialty care, they put in a referral to the massive Los Angeles …

Health Care

Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing

BERKELEY, Calif. — As a child in Hilo, one of the less touristy parts of Hawaii, Jennifer A. Doudna felt out of place. She had blond hair and blue eyes, and she was taller than the other kids, who were mostly of Polynesian and Asian descent.

“I think to them I looked like a freak,” she recently …

Scientific Research

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

Smartphones aren't simply an amazing convenience. In Africa they can be used to make a lifesaving diagnosis. In fact, scientists are hoping to use a souped-up smartphone microscope to help them eradicate a devastating disease called river blindness.

Onchocerciasis, as the disease is also known, is …

Public Broadcasters

Smartphone microscope automates detection of parasites in blood

A research team led by UC Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley’s CellScope technology could help revive efforts to eradicate debilitating …

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UCLA Players Wear Sensor-Laden Helmets to Study Concussions

Football players at UCLA have started wearing sensor-laden helmets so researchers can study head-hits and concussions for the next three years, the …

College Sports

Scientists identify novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed and tested a molecule that has the ability to disrupt the body's regulation of …


The Obesity Paradox: Can Body Fat Ever Be Good For You?

More and more data suggests there may be a protective benefit from body fat. What's going on?

When it comes to a medical consensus on body fat here’s what we know: There isn’t one. The research is conflicting, interpreting the results can be confusing and even leading experts disagree about whether …


The Truth Behind Expiration Dates

Your toothpaste just "expired." What do you do—resuscitate it or toss it? Though many products—from foods and medications to beer and condoms—carry …