February 2009 Posts (25)

DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid - The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care

Products that contain DMAE and Alpha Lipic Acid, along with other top ingredients, are wonder ingredients for the care of mature skin. As your skin ages, the chemistry and elasticity of your skin changes. When making the decision on what products to purchase, you should consider these very helpful ingredients.

Additionally, it is immensely helpful to begin to care for your skin when you are in your early 20's. By practicing good skin care habits early you are giving your skin a… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 28, 2009 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

Reducing Energy waste in labs

We have had a great campus wide discussion at Salk (maybe some administrators not so happy). But if we don't all take a lead in doing something then we can't expect others to do so as well.

Not only is being energy efficient good for the environment its good for the pocket book. Here are some tips.…


Added by Jose Morachis on February 25, 2009 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

Goodbye Flu!

The NIH has announced that lab-made antibodies may be the key in saying goodbye to the flu.

Influenza A viruses are responsible for everything from the average seasonal flu to pandemic flus that kill millions and spark terror in the populace. These include the 1918 Pandemic flu and the avian flu. While vaccines are available that help to protect people against some subtypes of the virus, they cannot protect against all the strains of Influenza A, and each year 250,000 people die from the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Rust on February 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

EpiGenie Presents 2nd Emerging Topics in Epigenetics Research Seminar

March 5th at 5 pm at the Estancia Hotel (Theater Room) in La Jolla

What do cheese plates, wine, and quick talks discussing genome-wide epigenetic modifiers and regulatory networks have in common? They’re all complex, rich in flavor, and will be served up at EpiGenie's 2nd in a series of laid back happy hours aimed at highlighting some of the great work going down in So Cal’s finest labs.

Evolution of Stress-induced Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in… Continue

Added by Peter Jozsi on February 23, 2009 at 11:40pm — 2 Comments

Neurologists Explain Why You Hate George Lucas

This article caught my eye for two reasons: 1. I am an incredibly nostalgic person and oftentimes will sink into deep rose-tinted reveries for a few minutes every hour or so and, 2. I was a Star Wars kid growing up.

I was among the legions of fans waiting in line for the first prequel to come out to catch it at midnight. I went and saw all three re-releases when they hit the theaters again. I dated a guy in college who had a Count Dooku replica lightsaber and a jedi cloak and I found… Continue

Added by Kelly Lagor on February 23, 2009 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Scratch Sheet-The Reusable Scratch Paper

Take a quick moment to look around your desk, and peek inside your wastebasket or recycle bin. Are there lots of pieces of paper? How much paper do we go through each day? Each week, month, year?

I still vividly remember my time as an undergrad student at the University of California, San Diego. I used an overwhelmingly large amount of scratch paper just to learn and memorize the course materials in my math, organic chemistry, general chemistry, biochemistry, and physics… Continue

Added by Jaysond Miclat on February 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Recovering from a Facial Mask Peel

As a guest of a top quality skin care Clinic you may just be looking for some routine R&R. However, you may also be actively searching for new ways to combat acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and the aging process.

In your search, you may have found that peels are one of the most effective ways of fighting those specific issues. A peel can be a great way to treat your skin, but with many there is also a "downtime". Downtime is the duration of the peeling process in which… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 19, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to Get Rid of Acne as Soon as Possible

Acne is virtually impossible to cure overnight,but there are some treatment options that can dramatically speed up your recover time! You may have seen dermatologists, purchased hundreds of dollars worth of ineffective creams and cleansers, and were prescribed every other kind of acne medication available today. When the treatments failed and your acne worsened daily, your dermatologist may have recommended Accutain. Accutain is the last attempt in streamline medical for acne treatment. It is… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 19, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Using light to read minds

This is absolutely wild.

From a recent article at LiveScience:

Canadian researchers say they can glean simple preferences from a person's brain by shining near-infrared light into the noggin.

The study, reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering, demonstrated the ability to decode a person's preference for one of two drinks with 80 percent accuracy by measuring the intensity of near-infrared light absorbed in brain tissue, the scientists said in a statement… Continue

Added by Kelly Lagor on February 18, 2009 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Breakthrough in Alzheimer's Research

A study published on February 8th 2008 in Nature medicine has shown exciting new developments is the possible treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. Local scientists at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with other scientists at UCLA and NYU have shown promising results with a molecule called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) in rats and primates.

BDNF is produced naturally by the brain and the levels of this protein have been shown to be reduced in the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Rust on February 12, 2009 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Darwin's Birthday Week Day 3!

Today marks Darwin's Birthday Eve, so going down a different vein, I've found an article about why one of the greatest scientists (and adventurer!) has never graced the silver screen... until now!

From the article from the Times Online:

The Darwin we'll see in the film is, says Thomas, “a troubled character who knew that his ideas were going to trigger a profound change of balance in the status quo and it made him ill.” He is a tortured genius, far removed from the… Continue

Added by Kelly Lagor on February 11, 2009 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Darwin's Birthday Week Day 2!

Today's installment is an article from the NY Times Science section about how Darwin's ideas were so ahead of their time.

From the article:

Biologists quickly accepted the idea of evolution, but for decades they rejected natural selection, the mechanism Darwin proposed for the evolutionary process. Until the mid-20th century they largely ignored sexual selection, a special aspect of natural selection that Darwin proposed to account for male ornaments like the peacock’s… Continue

Added by Kelly Lagor on February 10, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Winter Skin Care

Winter is without a doubt the hardest season on the skin. The dry winter air, along with wind and an extreme drop in temperature, all rob our skin of moisture, often contributing to intense dryness, flakiness and roughness. This is mainly caused by a decline in blood circulation as well as lowered sebum secretions. Because the skin's natural barrier is often insufficient against these conditions, the skin is often left feeling dry and dehydrated. This condition is further compounded by interior… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 9, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Darwin's Birthday Week

As many of you may already know, this Thursday is Darwin's 200th birthday! In honor of this great scientist, I will be posting a blog every day that deals with the man, the myth, the legend that was Charles Darwin.

First up is a great post from our very own San Diego Union Tribune: 20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Darwin

From the article:

5. Darwin loved collecting things, especially beetles. It's said he lost a girlfriend in college because he paid more… Continue

Added by Kelly Lagor on February 9, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Sun Damage Facts and Drugs Known To Cause Photo-allergic, Photosensitive and Photo-toxic Reactions

* Daily exposure to the sun over a lifetime is a major cause of skin damage, including wrinkling and skin cancer.

* Any tan indicates skin damage: the deeper the color of the tan the more extensive the skin damage.

* Sunscreens with high SPF numbers may provide less than full protection, because SPF addresses only the UVB spectrum.

* Sunlight coming through a window can damage your skin.

* Every year, more than a million people in the United States… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 8, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Sleep Wrinkles - Preventing and Repairing Them

As we age, the appearance of sleep wrinkles, those facial lines that develop from sleeping with your face against a pillow, becomes much more prominent. This should come as no surprise if you consider how much of one's life is spent sleeping. If you are getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, you sleep 1/3 of your life. Consequently, by age 60, you will have slept 20 years. It is obvious why sleeping on our face eventually leads to creases that become permanently etched in the… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 8, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Winter To Spring Tips

Just as people have to change their wardrobes from winter to spring, skin habits have to be altered to ensure healthy, attractive skin. "Some of the more common problems we see in the spring are related to people spending more time outside," notes Dee Anna Glaser, assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Dermatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine. "The air inside is still dry; therefore, the skin is prone to dryness. Severe sunburns are easy to develop when the skin is… Continue

Added by Melanie Vasseur on February 8, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The San Diego Happiness Experiment at the Festival EXPO April 4

I've reserved at booth at the San Diego Science Festival Expo http://www.sdsciencefestival.com/ Apr 4, 2009 to conduct an experiment called "The Science of Happiness" http://cosmosresearch.ning.com/forum/topics/the-san-diego-happiness. The Expo is expected to draw at least 30,000 young people to 250 hands-on science activities and seeks to increase the level of science awareness in our younger generation. The Cosmos Research Center is a children's science center, its Galactic Headquarters are… Continue

Added by Tom Munnecke on February 8, 2009 at 9:19am — No Comments

The New Intelligence & Healthcare

The volume, variety and velocity of data in healthcare is a very good example of where our world needs “new intelligence.” Such a new infrastructure would help us better manage and process medical records to lower the cost and increase the quality of healthcare, put more research and genetic data to work and shift from a system that treats disease to one that prevents and manages it. Check out this video for an entertaining overview of what we mean by new intelligence.

More Here… Continue

Added by Mitesh Patel on February 6, 2009 at 3:55am — No Comments

OmniMD EMR Receives SureScripts®’s Certification for Electronic Prescribing

CCHIT Certified OmniMD, a developer of HIPAA compliant Internet-based enterprise healthcare , Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Practice Management solutions, is pleased to announce its certification by SureScripts, operator of the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange™. SureScripts's certification allows for interoperability with the nation's community pharmacies , which improves the safety and efficiency of…


Added by Mitesh Patel on February 6, 2009 at 3:53am — No Comments

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