david geffen school of medicine at ucla

Brain wiring gave humans edge over chimps


August 23rd, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) It wasn't a bigger brain but a more sophisticated wiring that gave humans the edge to evolve beyond their closest cousins, the chimps, says a new ... Read more...

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Turmeric may help walking ability in spinal injuries


June 27th, 2012 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 27 (IANS) A diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and curcumin, found in Indian curry spice turmeric, preserved walking ability in rats with spinal-cord injury. The ... Read more...

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High-fat food hastens pancreatic cancer, says study


June 21st, 2012 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 21 (IANS) A fat-rich or high-calorie diet can hasten the onset of pancreatic cancer in humans, says a new study. "Our results showed that in mice, a diet ... Read more...

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Bingeing on soda, sweets makes you a dim wit


May 16th, 2012 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 16 (IANS) Don't be surprised if you lose your mental acuity after bingeing on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks while cramming for your midterms ... Read more...

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Mechanism that could provide potential cure for diabetes identified


April 30th, 2011 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 30 (ANI): People develop diabetes because they don't have enough pancreatic beta cells to produce the insulin necessary to regulate their blood sugar levels.But now, researchers from UCLA's Larry L. ... Read more...

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Possible biomarker to gauge Alzheimer’s prognosis identified


March 18th, 2011 - 4:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 18 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new biomarker that could help them track how effectively the immune system is able to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the ... Read more...

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Why drinking coffee cuts diabetes risk


January 14th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Numerous studies have shown that coffee protects against type 2 diabetes. Yet no one has really understood why.Now, researchers at UCLA have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind ... Read more...

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Ultrafine pollution particles may heighten asthmatic allergic inflammation risk


July 2nd, 2010 - 4:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Ultrafine particles in polluted air may heighten allergic inflammation in asthma, according to a new UCLA led study.The research found that the tiniest air pollutant particles - those ... Read more...

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Tobacco tax hike could curb smoking


June 3rd, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 03 (ANI): Imposing higher taxes on tobacco items can reduce smoking among individuals with alcohol, drug or mental disorders, a study has found.The research from the David Geffen School of ... Read more...

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Regular booze ‘harms those over 60 with health issues, prescription meds’


April 30th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): More than a third of drinkers 60 years old and older consume amounts of alcohol that are excessive or that are potentially harmful in combination with certain diseases ... Read more...

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How genes interact with their environment to raise disease risk


February 19th, 2010 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has revealed how human genes interact with their environment to cause disease.According to researchers, ... Read more...

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Biomarkers in saliva for early-stage pancreatic cancer detection found


February 17th, 2010 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb. 17 (ANI): A team of researchers has found biomarkers in saliva for early-stage detection of pancreatic cancer.In the new study, the multidisciplinary group of investigators from the UCLA School of ... Read more...

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Coming soon: single drug to fight against numerous viruses


February 7th, 2010 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 7(ANI): An international team of researchers has identified an antiviral small molecule that has been found effective against numerous viruses.The new molecule can block the action of numerous virus including ... Read more...

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Mail-order pharmacies use helps patients adhere to medication regimen


January 18th, 2010 - 6:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): A new American research has found that patients buying medicine by mail helps them adhere to the medication regimen as advised by their doctor.The study conducted by researchers ... Read more...

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Stem cells can be engineered to kill HIV


December 9th, 2009 - 11:54 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): For the first time, researchers have been successful in demonstrating that human blood stem cells can be engineered into cells that can target and kill HIV-infected cells - ... Read more...

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‘Fly paper’ to capture circulating cancer cells created


November 19th, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Scientists from University of California, Los Angeles have developed a novel device that grabs cancer cells circulating in the blood, and help improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatment monitoring.These ... Read more...

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Breast tenderness during hormone replacement therapy may indicate cancer risk


October 13th, 2009 - 5:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 13 (ANI): Women who develop tenderness in their breasts after using hormone replacement therapy are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, say researchers.However, it is still unknown why ... Read more...

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Novel treatment helps paralysed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury


September 21st, 2009 - 11:03 am ICT by ANI
London, September 21 (ANI): Experimenting on rats, a team of researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise can enable ... Read more...

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Waist-hip ratio better indicator of obesity than BMI readings for older adults


September 2nd, 2009 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 2 (ANI): New research by UCLA endocrinologists and geriatricians suggests that waist-hip ratio is a better indicator of obesity than Body mass index (BMI) readings for older adults.The researchers ... Read more...

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Immune system’s role in bone loss uncovered


August 26th, 2009 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 26 (ANI): Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have shed light on the role that the body's immune system plays in bone loss.Writing about their work in the ... Read more...

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Wearable Artificial Kidney may make dialysis history


August 21st, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 21 (ANI): A Wearable Artificial Kidney for dialysis patients is being developed by American scientists.The news has been reported in an upcoming paper in the Clinical Journal of the American ... Read more...

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Socio-economic status plays no major role in cognitive decline in elderly


August 8th, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 8 (ANI): A new piece of research has found no link between cognitive decline and socio-economic status in people aged 70 and older.However, the study, led by researchers at ... Read more...

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Novel discovery may lead to new cancer treatments


July 21st, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 21 (ANI): Scientists from University of California have identified a new molecular pathway that may lead to new treatments and targeted drugs for cancer and other diseases.The research team has ... Read more...

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Simple blood test may predict Alzheimer’s risk


July 14th, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 14 (ANI): Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are working on a simple blood test that may help predict Alzheimer's risk.They say amyloid beta forms the plaques ... Read more...

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Even tiny levels of carbon monoxide can damage fetal brain


June 26th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 26 (ANI): A new study has shown that exposure to even miniscule levels of carbon monoxide during pregnancy can have an adverse impact on fetal brain, resulting in permanent impairment."We ... Read more...

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Depressed people with memory problems ‘at increased Alzheimer’s risk’


June 16th, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): Depressed individuals with memory problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease compared to people who are not depressed, says a new study.The research has been published in ... Read more...

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‘Idol’ enzyme controls bad cholesterol


June 12th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): Conducting experiments on mice, researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have identified an enzyme that controls the so-called "bad cholesterol", which is often linked with heart ... Read more...

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‘Dowager’s hump’ could increase early death risk in elderly women


May 22nd, 2009 - 11:56 am ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Hyperkyphosis, or "dowager's hump", the exaggerated forward curvature of the upper spine, could put elderly women at increased risk of early death whether or not they have vertebral ... Read more...

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Gene linked to autism risk identified


May 20th, 2009 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 20 (ANI): A new study from University of California, Los Angeles has identified a genetic variant that may increase a child's risk of developing autism, particularly boys.The research team has ... Read more...

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New radiation-free targeted therapy for breast cancer developed


March 31st, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 31 (ANI): An international team of researchers have developed a novel radiation-free technique that detects and eliminates breast cancer tumours.The team including researchers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the ... Read more...

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”Crystal ball” to predict chemotherapy results developed


February 3rd, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): Scientists at University of California Los Angeles have developed a new tool that can predict how a chemotherapy drug will work on individual tumour. The breakthrough achievement could ... Read more...

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Disabled, ethnic minorities more susceptible to terrorism fears


January 22nd, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): People who either suffer from some disability or belong to ethnic minorities, such as African Americans and Latinos, are more susceptible to terrorism-related fears than others, according ... Read more...

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Moderate alcohol consumption may prevent seniors from disabilities


January 16th, 2009 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 16 (ANI): A study led by an Indian-origin University of California-Los Angeles researcher suggests that light to moderate drinking among elderly people can reduce their likelihood of developing physical ... Read more...

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Current cholesterol guidelines not effective, say US researchers


January 13th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): US researchers say that the current national cholesterol guidelines are not effectively identifying the majority of individuals who will develop fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events.Dr. Gregg C. ... Read more...

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Weight loss surgery before pregnancy may benefit both mother and child


November 19th, 2008 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): A new study ha revealed that obese women who have weight loss surgery before becoming pregnant have a lower risk of pregnancy-related health problems and their children ... Read more...

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