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Why The World Is Becoming Near-Sighted

That’s an average overall. But if you look at data by age, you’ll notice something else, Liu says: a higher prevalence in children and young adults …


Should Schools Allow Unvaccinated Kids?

We posed that question to Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, a professor of bioethics at the Joint Medical Program at the University of California, Berkeley and …


Are You at Risk of Gallstones?

An estimated 25 million American adults have gallstones, and nearly 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Are you at risk? That depends, …


Toddler brain images reveal which may have autism and struggle with language

Autism has always been a tricky disorder to diagnose. There’s no such thing as a blood test, cheek swab or other accepted biological marker so …


Maps reveal the bacteria lurking on skin

You are what you eat, drink, wear and wash in.

The bacteria and chemicals found on human skin have been sampled and mapped across the human body. The result is a series of 3-D images revealing the thousands of microbes and molecules people carry with them -- or on them -- each day.

The maps show the …


UC San Diego Turning Back the Clock on Parkinson’s

Like many young people, David Higgins was initially in denial about the possibility of having a serious, lifelong disease.

“My friends would say, ‘You …

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8 Useful Online Risk Calculators


Heart Attack/Stroke

How it works: This tool computes your 10-year and lifetime risk of a heart attack or stroke. You input your gender, age, …


UC Irvine cancer specialist balances art and science

When Frank Meyskens Jr., the oncologist, writes about cancer in medical journals, his words are scientific.

When Meyskens, the poet, writes about …


Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Right after birth, trillions of microbes rush into a baby's gut and start to grow. Most of these critters come from the mom's skin, birth canal and gut.

But exactly which types of bacteria take up residence in an infant's gut can depend on the mother's DNA, scientists reported Thursday.

The study, …

Life Sciences

California, UC form partnership for 'precision medicine’ project

Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California announced a new “precision medicine” initiative Tuesday that commits $3 million to a statewide project to compile existing patient data and use it to tailor drug therapies and other treatments to individuals’ specific needs.

The California Initiative …

Medical Technology

A Super-Gross Diagnostic Tool That Could Save Your Life

VisualDx uses thousands of photos to help time-strapped doctors diagnose their patients faster. But, fair warning, looking at the photos will …

Medical Technology

Tobacco Smoke Strengthens 'Superbug,' Lab Research Finds

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoke appears to strengthen a dreaded "superbug," new …


Gov. Brown’s ‘Google Maps for health’ drives California to precision medicine lead - San Francisco Business Times

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By weaving together a hodgepodge of patient and clinical …


Lessons From the Fields - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California

California’s 90-mile-long Salinas Valley, with its mild climate and rich soil, is known for abundant agriculture. Often called the “salad bowl of the …


UC Irvine doctor miraculously rehabilitates man in coma

At 25, Marc Kaiser was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which meant he had excess fluid on his brain.

More than two decades went by before the Orange …


You Can Actually Train Your Eyes To See Better

If you've always seen glasses in your future, look again. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and at Brown University may have …


UCSF Fresno celebrates 40 years

• UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program trains doctor residents by placing them in clinics and hospitals where they work with patients and learn from


Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Researchers have discovered the exact structure of the receptor that makes our sensory nerves tingle when we eat sushi garnished with wasabi. And because the "wasabi receptor" is also involved in pain perception, knowing its shape should help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs to fight pain.


Young physicians take over controls to learn robotic surgery

Reed Hutchinson/UCLACloseup of a doctor operating a surgical robotUCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and Surgical …


Researchers Identify Calorie-Burning ‘Beige’ Fat in Humans | UC San Francisco

Those extra pounds around your belly that no amount of exercise seems to shake off? That's not just fat; it's what scientists call white fat – …


New target for anticancer drugs: RNA

UC Berkeley researchers Jamie Cate and Amy Lee have found that a subset of messenger RNAs – many of which have been linked to cancer – have unique …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Engineers elucidate why skin is resistant to tearing

Skin is remarkably resistant to tearing and a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego and the Lawrence Berkeley National …


Decoding and Defeating Cancer with Data Science - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by UCSC

Like many research scientists, Josh Stuart dreams of crushing cancer. But this associate professor of biomolecular engineering at the University of …


Income inequality affects who gets an underutilized test for breast cancer

Wealthier women who live in communities with the greatest income divide between rich and poor had better access to a new genetic test that can …


Blood Test Trumps Accuracy of Standard Screening in Detecting Down Syndrome in Early Pregnancy | UC San Francisco

A blood test undertaken between 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy may be more effective in diagnosing Down syndrome and two other less common chromosomal …


Cigarette smoke makes MRSA worse

Cigarette smoke functions much like an alarm to the superbug MRSA, warning it to activate its defenses, according to a new study led by UCSD …

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An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You

This article appeared in the March 29 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Dark moods are bad for your health. Scientists have known for decades that a wide variety of unpleasant emotions, like shame, depression and anxiety, are linked to greater rates of ills like heart disease, inflammation, …


UC Irvine doctor is working toward a colon cancer-free O.C.

Colonoscopies may rank among people’s least-favorite cancer screening procedures, but one UC Irvine Health doctor says they are a necessary step …


Does Your Diet Fit Your Genes?

Why do cholesterol-rich foods cause blood cholesterol to rise only in some people? Why does a salty diet raise blood pressure in some, but not in …