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Modest Alcohol Use Lowers Risk and Severity of Some Liver Disease

<p>Two forms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are depicted in these images of liver biopsies from adults, taken from this study.  The first shows nonalcoholic fatty liver only.</p>

Two forms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are depicted in these images of liver biopsies from adults, taken from this study.  The first shows nonalcoholic fatty liver only.

People with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD) who consume alcohol in modest amounts – no more than one or two servings per day – are half as likely to develop hepatitis as non-drinkers with the same condition, reports a national team of scientists…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on April 23, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Gene Expression Abnormalities in Autism Identified

Genetic studies find dysregulation in pathways that govern development of the prefrontal cortex in young patients with autism

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Eric Courchesne

A study led by Eric Courchesne, PhD, director of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has, for the first time, identified in young autism patients genetic mechanisms involved in abnormal early brain development and overgrowth that…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on April 10, 2012 at 1:22am — No Comments

Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Laureate and pioneering cancer researcher, dies at 97

LA JOLLA, CA—Renato Dulbecco, M.D., Nobel Prize winner and a global leader in cancer research passed away February 19 at his home in La Jolla. Born on February 22, 1914, he was just shy of his 98th birthday.

Renato Dulbecco

Dulbecco accepts the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, 1975.



Dulbecco was a Founding Fellow of the Salk in 1963 when the…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on February 21, 2012 at 1:11am — No Comments

Roche Funds Drug Discovery Projects at UC San Diego

The new UC San Diego-Roche Extending Innovation Network (EIN) program has been launched with selection of its first three research projects at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The UC San Diego-Roche EIN program, which was formalized in June 2011, aims to accelerate the discovery of new drug therapies through research innovation at the interface of industry and academia. The program is slated to grow in the coming years as additional rounds of proposals are…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on January 9, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Radical Surgery Saves Life of Young Mom, California First

Liver Removed, Reconstructed, Re-Implante

A team led by Alan Hemming, MD, transplant surgeon at UC San Diego Health System, has successfully performed the west coast’s first ex-vivo liver resection, a radical procedure to completely remove and reconstruct a diseased liver and re-implant it without any tumors. The procedure saved the life of a 27-year old mother whose liver had been invaded by a painful tumor that crushed the organ and entangled its blood…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on January 9, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

San Diego’s Algal Biofuels Research Enterprise Continues Rapid Growth

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Scientists at UC San Diego are among the workers in the region transforming algae into transportation fuels. Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

 

Despite the sluggish economy, San Diego’s research efforts to produce new transportation fuels from algae continue to grow at a rapid pace, generating more than double the number of jobs for local workers in 2011 than were available in the region just two years ago.

A study…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on January 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

From Refugee to Bioengineer



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Espoir Kyubwa in his lab at the University of California, San Diego. Photo credit: AP Photo/HHMI/Denis Poroy

From a refugee camp in Burundi to a neuroscience laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, Espoir Kyubwa, a 24-year-old graduate student at the Jacobs School of Engineering, took a…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on August 8, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Scientists take a giant step for people - with plants!

Salk Institute and Dana Farber Cancer Institute researchers contribute to production of largest-ever map of plant protein interactions:

Science usually progresses in small steps, but on rare occasions, a new combination of research expertise and cutting-edge technology produces a 'great leap forward.' An international team of scientists, whose senior investigators include Salk Institute plant biologist Joseph Ecker, report one such leap…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on August 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Crusading Nerd Liberates 18,000 Academic Journal Articles

The strange case of activist Aaron Swartz—who…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on July 22, 2011 at 3:03am — No Comments

Buzz Kills: No Amount of Alcohol Safe to Drive, UC San Diego Study Finds

In the United States, the blood-alcohol limit may be 0.08 percent, but no amount of alcohol seems to be safe for driving, according to a University of California, San Diego sociologist. A study led by David Phillips and published in the journal Addiction finds that blood-alcohol levels well below the U.S. legal limit are associated with incapacitating injury and death.

Phillips, with coauthor Kimberly M. Brewer, also of UC San Diego, examined official data from the Fatality…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on July 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

Scripps scientists part of research team studying cascading effects on ecosystems

 

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Grey reef sharks in the Line Islands.

The decline of large predators and other "apex consumers" at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on July 18, 2011 at 1:53am — No Comments

Swarming Nanoparticles Communicate to Boost Drug Concentrations Near Tumors

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Scouting nanoparticles (blue) find tumor cells, then broadcast their location. Responding nanoparticles (red) swarm to the location carrying payloads of drugs, concentrating treatment where it is needed.

Like swarming insects drawing crowds to a food source, a system of nanoparticles and engineered proteins can…

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Added by MySDscience Admin on July 18, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

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