Archived News Releases - 2005

12/28/2005
UCSD Team Discovers Diabetes Trigger in Fatty Diet
A new study, published in the December 29 issue of the journal Cell, reports the discovery of a molecular link between a high-fat, or Western-style, diet, and the disruption of insulin production, explaining how a high-fat diet causes type 2 diabetes...More...

12/27/2005
UCSD Researchers State Vitamin D Needed to Cut Cancer Risk
Taking 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 daily appears to lower an individual's risk of developing certain cancers – including colon, breast, and ovarian cancer – by up to 50 percent, according to cancer prevention specialists at the Moore...More...

12/22/2005
U.S. Latinas at Risk for Drinking During Pregnancy
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine-led study found that low-income, pregnant Latina women drank similar amounts of alcohol in the three months before they knew they were pregnant (the periconceptional period) as women in ...More...

12/16/2005
Loss of Hearing with a Cold Could be Sudden Deafness
Sudden deafness is an ear emergency that strikes one person in 5,000 every year, says Jeffrey Harris, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center chief of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. Harris says about half the p...More...

12/12/2005
New Study Shows Successful Aging a Question of "Mind Over Matter"
Results of Self-Reported Successful Aging Research Released at ACNP Annual Conference A new study released at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's (ACNP) Annual Meeting suggests that seniors' perception of their own aging process depend...More...

12/5/2005
UCSD Researchers Report Results of Children's Backpack Study
As long as children have carried their books and belongings in backpacks they have complained of shoulder and back pain. A University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine-led team found that how loads are distributed under backpack stra...More...

12/5/2005
Psychosocial Disability Fluctuates in Parallel with Changes in Bipolar Symptom Severity
Authors of a long-term study of patients with bipolar disease hope that their findings will bring attention to the high level of psychosocial disability associated with the disease, especially during periods of depression. Increases or decreases in ...More...

11/30/2005
UCSD Gathers World Experts to Salute a Decade of Genome Sequencing
"Celebrating a Decade of Genome Sequencing," a one-day symposium featuring talks by leaders in the field of genomics from around the world, will be held at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) on Tuesday, December 6, 2005. The symposium,...More...

11/29/2005
UCSD Receives $2.5 Million Gift for Celiac Disease Research Center
Thanks to a $2.5 million gift from the Oklahoma-based William K. Warren Foundation, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine will be able to step up the fight against celiac disease, a disease estimated to affe...More...

11/28/2005
UCSD Research May Lead to Targeted Treatment for Asthma Sufferers
The bronchial tubes of a patient with severe asthma can become scarred due to repeated episodes of allergic inflammation in the airways. The scarring results in blocked airways, excessive production of mucus, and shortness of breath. Researchers at ...More...

11/22/2005
UCSD Pathologist Muses: Were Drugs or Disease the Muse Behind These Famous Artists?
If our modern clinical chemistry, toxicology, immunology, and infectious disease labs had existed during the 16th to early-19th centuries, the world might have missed out on the work of some of the world's most creative painters, sculptors and poets,...More...

11/21/2005
A Survival Guide For A Safe Holiday Season
University of California, San Diego Medical Center and the California Poison Control System offer these seasonal tips to help keep the season safe. "The holidays are traditionally a time when family and friends get together to celebrate," said Carlo...More...

11/21/2005
UCSD Finds Genetic Time Bomb in Heart That Leads To Heart Failure in Some Congenital Heart Disease Patients
Each year, thousands of children undergo corrective surgery for congenital heart malformations that improve the immediate function of the heart. However, surgical correction of certain forms of congenital heart disease may not fix the underlying mole...More...

11/16/2005
UCSD/Egyptian Collaboration to Identify Genetic Causes of Mental Retardation
A promising collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Human Genetics and Genome Research Division at Egypt's National Research Centre in Cairo aims to help children with inherited m...More...

11/15/2005
Mouse Models Developed by UCSD Researchers Provide Insights into Multiple System Atrophy
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have developed a series of transgenic mouse models of multiple system atrophy, a progressive, fatal neurological disorder. The work is reported in the November 16 issue ...More...

11/9/2005
UCSD Professor Receives Top Honor in Field of Glycobiology
Agit Varki, M.D. Ajit Varki, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine has been named the 2005 Karl Meyer Award win...More...

11/8/2005
UCSD Awarded $3.2 million NIH Training Grant
Students in the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are poised to be among the leaders of tomorrow in the important area of clinical research studies – turning...More...

11/7/2005
Leukemia Society Awards Top Grant To Moores UCSD Cancer Center Researcher
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has awarded Thomas Kipps, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of Research at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, a $6.25 million, 5-year grant to develop new blood-cancer therapies. Kipps, an international authority on chronic l...More...

11/4/2005
Holiday Tips to Include Memory Impaired Persons And Those with Behavioral Problems
With the holidays approaching, persons with memory impairment or behavioral problems may not feel comfortable in large family gatherings. However, there is much that loved ones can do to make these individuals a part of the holiday celebrations. Dan...More...

11/4/2005
UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Wins National Award
The UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Project and the UCSD Pre-Dental Society will be presented the American Dental Association (ADA) Golden Apple Award in the category of Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry Saturday, N...More...

10/31/2005
Protecting the Skin from Sun Damage 101
You can never start protecting your skin at too early an age, says Terry O'Grady, M.D., Clinical Professor in UCSD Healthcare's Departments of Dermatology and Pathology. Recent studies have indicated that skin damaged by severe sunburns in early chil...More...

10/28/2005
Director of New UCSD Clinical Research Protections Program Appointed
Michael P. Caligiuri, Ph.D. Michael P. Caligiuri, Ph.D., UCSD Professor of Psychiatry, has been named the first Director of the Clinical Research Protections (CRESP) Program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Health S...More...

10/26/2005
Under-Recognized Condition Important In Treatment of High Blood Pressure
An under-recognized and usually asymptomatic condition called subclavian artery stenosis – an obstruction of arteries located under the clavicle, or collarbone – is important in the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, according to a study...More...

10/25/2005
UCSD's Dennis Carson, M.D., Elected to Institute of Medicine
Dennis A. Carson, M.D. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has announced the election of Dennis A. Carson, M.D., to its membership. Carson is professor of medicine at UCSD School of Medicine and director of the Moore...More...

10/24/2005
African Americans twice as likely to have clogged leg arteries
Being African American can double your risk of developing clogged leg arteries – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine study, published in the October 25 issue...More...

10/20/2005
Free Skin Cancer Screenings At UCSD Melanoma 5K Walk
It may be autumn, but San Diegans still need to protect their skin from sun damage and have their skin checked for skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions. Free skin cancer screenings by UCSD dermatologists will be offered during the UCSD Melanoma 5K Wa...More...

10/17/2005
Researchers Show Beneficial Role of Risk Calculator In Fighting Progression of Glaucoma
A new glaucoma risk calculator, which estimates a patient's risk of converting from high eye pressure, or ocular hypertension, to glaucoma, will help physicians determine whether to initiate therapy for patients. High eye pressure is the leading risk...More...

10/14/2005
New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Developed at UCSD Promises Improved Treatment Option
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have announced successful completion of Phase II clinical trials of a novel drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one that works without suppressing the p...More...

10/10/2005
UCSD Medical Center Presents Treat Children To A Safe Halloween
A safe Halloween is just a few tricks away according to the staff at UCSD Medical Center and the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division, located at UCSD Medical Center. The following are safety precautions for parents to help them keep H...More...

10/7/2005
UCSD Team Offers New Surgical Treatment for Severe Depression
Major depressive disorder is a very common illness, affecting nearly 18 million Americans and 340 million people worldwide. Treatment-resistant depression is a severe form of the illness that affects 20% of patients with depression. A team of psych...More...

10/7/2005
UCSD Receives Nation's First Fellowship in Mitochondrial Medicine
David Campbell was a charming little three-year-old boy from Mission Viejo, California who died in 2001 from of Leigh's Syndrome, one of 40 types of mitochondrial disease – a disease many people have never heard of, but which is nearly as common as c...More...

10/5/2005
UC San Diego Leads Team to Build Geographic Information System to Assess Toxic Hazards from Hurricane Katrina
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have been awarded $760,000 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to build a Geographic Information System (GIS). This system will link to the NIEHS Hurricane...More...

10/3/2005
Thinking Big with the Very Small: Focus of New Cancer Nanotechnology Center to UCSD
The focus of the UCSD Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence will be to develop "nanoparticles" that target specific tumor cells or the blood vessels that feed them. SAN DIEGO, CA -- In a new national effort to fight cancer w...More...

9/30/2005
UCSD Stroke Center is First in San Diego to Receive Certification from National Healthcare Commission
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Stroke Center, located at UCSD Medical Centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla, is the first stroke center in San Diego to receive certification as a "Primary Stroke Center" by the Joint Commission on Accredit...More...

9/30/2005
UCSD Vice Chancellor Named To Statewide Stem Cell Commission
Edward W. Holmes, M.D. in the UCSD School of Medicine Edward W. Holmes, M.D., vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego, has been appointed by UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox as UCSD's repr...More...

9/30/2005
Preventing Holiday Hand Injuries
It happens every year at the holidays: The UCSD Medical Center Emergency Room pages the surgeon on call for the UCSD Hand Surgery Service to examine a hand injured by an errant knife while carving a turkey, cutting open pumpkins or other hard squash,...More...

9/30/2005
Area Hospitals and the County Of San Diego Awarded Grant to Increase Influenza Vaccination Of Hospital-Based Health Care Workers
A $300,000 two-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was recently awarded to UCSD Medical Center, the County of San Diego Immunization Branch, Children's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Scripps Health hospitals and Sharp H...More...

9/26/2005
UCSD Researchers Show Immunostimulatory DNA Reverses Airway Scarring and Inflammation in a Mouse Model of Asthma
The structural changes including airway scarring and inflammation that contribute to severe breathing problems associated with asthma were significantly reversed in mice treated with immunostimulatory sequences of DNA (ISS), a novel therapy developed...More...

9/22/2005
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Welcomes 60 Future Pharmacists
Sixteen men and 44 women will be officially welcomed to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in a White Coat Ceremony to be held on Friday, September 23 at 3 p.m. in the Institute of the...More...

9/21/2005
UCSD Study Sheds New Light on Insulin's Role in Blocking Fat Breakdown in Patients with Type II Diabetes
Chronically high levels of insulin, as is found in many people with obesity and Type II diabetes, may block specific hormones that trigger energy release into the body, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School...More...

9/16/2005
Southern California's First Fetal Surgery to Correct Life Threatening Condition in Twins Performed at UCSD Medical Center
UCSD Medical Center has announced the successful launch of its new Fetal Surgery Program, with physicians successfully performing the first Southern California surgery on tiny unborn twin boys for an often fatal condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfus...More...

9/12/2005
Dr. Raul Coimbra Appointed New Director of UCSD Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Raul Coimbra, M.D., Ph.D., FACS Raul Coimbra, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, has been appointed Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at UCSD Medical Center, ...More...

9/8/2005
UCSD Study of Nuclear Receptors Could Change Anti-Inflammatory Treatments
Several nuclear receptor proteins appear to overlap in their ability to exert anti-inflammatory effects, according to new research by scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Nuclear receptors are important drug targets for a num...More...

9/8/2005
UCSD Researcher Cites Human/Chimpanzee Genetic Differences That Offer Clues to Human Diseases
The recently published Chimp Genome Sequencing project highlights the similarities between humans and our closest genetic cousins, the great apes. But a researcher at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) suggests it is in the differences, r...More...

9/2/2005
Back to School Means Back to Sports Injuries
It's back to school time and for parents of sports-minded kids that means it's also time for sports injuries. But that doesn't have to be the case according to Robert Pedowitz, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Sports Medicine in UCSD's Department of Orthopaedic...More...

9/1/2005
UCSD's School of Medicine Welcomes 122 New Students
The incoming class of 69 men and 53 women will be officially welcomed into the UCSD School of Medicine in a White Coat Ceremony September 2, 2005, during which they will recite the Oath of Hippocrates and receive the white coats they will wear as the...More...

8/31/2005
UCSD Scientists Propose Ethical And Scientific Guidelines For Study Of Captive Great Apes
By Paul Mueller With genome maps adding new appreciation of the very close relationship between humans and the great apes, scientists at the University of California, San Diego have proposed a series of ethical and scientific guidelines for the expe...More...

8/29/2005
Molecule May Be Key to Creating Human-Malaria Resistant Mosquito
Findings published in September issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, affecting millions of people each year and resulting in an estimated 1.5 million deaths annually. While malaria transmission ha...More...

8/19/2005
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Invites Community to Open House, Sept. 10
Have you operated a surgical robot, tasted food that may help prevent cancer, or heard about the newest findings in stopping cancer's spread? These activities and much, much more will be available at the newly open...More...

8/16/2005
All Cancer Services Now Open At Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Katie Fischer, R.N., charge nurse for the Infusion Center, attends to patient Carolyn Zondler of Oceanside, who is being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Zondler stays comfortable under a colorful, custom quilt made b...More...

8/16/2005
National Leader in Children's Health Named to Leading Pediatric Post at UCSD, Children's Hospital
Gabriel G. Haddad, M.D., a leading specialist in pediatric respiratory medicine, is the new Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and Medical Center and the new Physician-in-Chie...More...

8/15/2005
Community Pediatrics Holds Open House to Celebrate New Location
UCSD's Division of Community Pediatrics recently opened a new center in City Heights to better reach a San Diego population traditionally eager to embrace its many health programs. To celebrate their contributions in violence prevention, nutrition ...More...

7/20/2005
Moores UCSD Cancer Center to Study Skin Sampling As Non-invasive Test for Detecting Prostate Cancer
Researchers at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center will conduct research for development of a skin test to detect prostate cancer and predict its progress, thanks to a $1.8 million grant from the University of California (UC) through its I...More...

7/11/2005
Golden Armor: UCSD Scientist's Discovery Suggests New Way to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus Infections
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego have discovered that "Staph" bacteria use a protective golden armor to ward off the immune system, a finding with the poten...More...

7/8/2005
UCSD Medical Center Programs Rank Among the Nation's Best
The July 18 U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" issue ranks University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center among the best in the nation in six specialty areas. UCSD Medical Center is the only San Diego hospital named in th...More...

7/6/2005
A Novel Blood Test Measuring Oxidized Fats Is A Powerful Heart Disease Indicator
San Diego, CA – Even though heart disease is the nation's number one killer, little is known about the disease's early stages, as fats (lipids) accumulate within artery walls, creating the atherosclerosis that leads to heart attacks. By measuring spe...More...

7/5/2005
Pioneer in Robotics, Minimally Invasive Surgery Is New Chair of UCSD Department of Surgery
Mark Talamini, M.D. Mark Talamini, M.D., one of the nation's leading authorities in the field of minimally invasive surgery, and a pioneer in the development and application of robotic technology in surgery, is the new Chair of the ...More...

7/1/2005
Lt. Colonel Receives New Heart
It started out as an ordinary run in preparation for the Rock 'N Roll Marathon. It ended three weeks later when UCSD heart transplant surgeon, Michael Madani, M.D. transplanted a new heart into Lt. Colonel Noel Scott Wood at the University of Califor...More...

7/1/2005
UCSD School of Medicine and Partners to Establish Cross-Border HIV/AIDS Training Program
A program to improve the binational response to HIV/AIDS prevention in northwestern Mexico and surrounding regions, led by Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor and Chief, Division of International Health and Cross Cultural Medicine, Department of Fa...More...

6/29/2005
On-screen Smoking by Movie Stars Leads Young Teens to Smoke, Says Moores UCSD Cancer Center Study
Teenage girls who have never smoked, never even puffed on a cigarette, are far more likely to start smoking if their favorite movie star smokes in movies, according to a 3-year study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Hea...More...

6/28/2005
Habit Leads to Learning, New VA/UCSD Study Shows
Humans have a "robust" capacity to learn and retain new information unconsciously, retaining so-called habit memory even when conscious or declarative learning is absent, memory experts at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine an...More...

6/22/2005
Estrogen Therapy Does Not Reduce Dementia Risk When Started in Older Women
The most common form of postmenopausal estrogen therapy does not prevent dementia or a decline in memory function when started in women aged 65 and older according to research reported by scientists from the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study in ...More...

6/18/2005
Joan Heller Brown Appointed Chair of UCSD's Department of Pharmacology
Joan Heller Brown, Ph.D. Joan Heller Brown, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacology at UCSD. She was selected foll...More...

6/17/2005
Warm Weather Safety Warnings and Tips For The 4th of July and Summer
The 4th of July and warm weather bring long hours at the beach, barbecues, picnics and fireworks; but while the summer holiday is lots of fun, it also can be hazardous. UCSD Healthcare and the California Poison Control System (CPCS) offer these tips...More...

6/17/2005
UCSD Surgeons Perform First "Domino" Liver Transplant In San Diego County
Two Rancho Penasquitos residents, who did not know each other, recently benefited from the first "domino" liver transplant procedure in San Diego County. On May 28, 2004, UCSD Medical Center surgeons Ajai Khanna, M.D., and Marquis Hart, M.D., Direc...More...

6/15/2005
A Vaccine Approach to Treating Parkinson's Disease
San Diego, Calif. – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine working with scientists at Elan Pharmaceuticals, have reported promising results in mice of a vaccine approach to treating Parkinson's and similar di...More...

6/8/2005
108 Men and Women Graduate From UCSD School of Medicine
Amid the cheers of family and friends, 108 men and women received their M.D. degrees on Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Commencement Ceremonies for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Helen Ranney, M.D. Congrat...More...

6/7/2005
Summer Weather Brings More than Sunburns -- Youths and Fire Hazards
The warm weather of summer brings an unfortunate increase in some familiar kinds of patients to the UCSD Regional Burn Center—those with serious sunburns as well as severe burns caused by contact with hot coals buried in the sand at the beach. The ...More...

6/1/2005
UCSD/VA Team Identifies Where Life's Memories Are Stored
By studying in detail the ability of patients with selective brain damage to recall events in their past, researchers have helped settle a long-standing controversy about where the long-term memory of one's personal experiences are stored. The rese...More...

5/27/2005
126 Men and Women to Graduate from UCSD's School of Medicine
First the cheers, then the tears will roll when 126 new physicians receive their M.D. degrees on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine commencement ceremonies. Among the 69 men and 57 women graduating, ...More...

5/23/2005
UCSD Research Reveals Mechanism Involved With Type of Fatal Epilepsy
Researchers at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have found that Lafora disease, an inherited form of epilepsy that results in death by the age of 30, can be caused by mutations in a gene that regulates the concentration of the protein lafor...More...

5/20/2005
UCSD Professor to Lead American Thoracic Society
Peter Wagner, M.D., Chief of UCSD's Physiology Division and Acting Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, will take the helm of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) on May 24 at their international conference being held in San Diego, Ca...More...

5/20/2005
UCSD Planning New Cardiovascular Center, Thornton Hospital Expansion
The Regents of the University of California have given approval for UCSD to begin formal planning toward the construction of a new Cardiovascular Center facility, and expansion of services at the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital on the UCSD Eas...More...

5/19/2005
UCSD Clinical Trial Seeks Atopic Dermatitis Patients For Study of Immune Reactions to Skin Viruses
As part of a nationwide research project that seeks to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a severe and potentially deadly complication of smallpox immunization, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is seeking patients with atopic de...More...

5/18/2005
UCSD Researchers Determine Fatty Liver Disease Different in Obese Children than in Adults
Jeffrey Schwimmer, M.D. Potentially life-threatening non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in obese children has distinct characteristics, often different from those found in adults, according to a University of California, Sa...More...

5/17/2005
Artificial Disc Offers New Option for Back Pain
Until recently San Diego residents with severe back pain from degenerative disc disease have had few options. But Oceanside resident Joan Steggell decided the traditional treatment, spinal fusion, was not the right choice for her. Instead she opted f...More...

5/16/2005
UCSD Medical Center and Children's Hospital To Participate in Clinical Study for Short Stature
UCSD Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Health Center have launched a clinical trial to evaluate the potential benefit of a therapy to treat children with growth failure caused by growth hormone abnormalities. The study is currently underway ...More...

5/13/2005
UCSD Fundraiser to Benefit East Africans Orphaned by HIV/AIDS
A Sunday afternoon fundraiser to benefit East African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be held 2-5 p.m. May 30 in the UCSD Price Center Ballroom on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. For a $5 donation, participants can enjoy cultural presen...More...

5/7/2005
PBS Program on Memory Features UCSD Faculty Experts
The upcoming PBS "Scientific American Frontiers" program on memory, called "Don't Forget," features several UCSD School of Medicine faculty members.Program host Alan Alda visited San Diego last fall to interview a number of San Diego experts on memor...More...

5/4/2005
Scott D. Emr Elected To American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Scott D. Emr, Ph.D. Scott D. Emr, Ph.D., UCSD professor of cellular and molecular medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), ...More...

5/2/2005
Unexpected Lock and Key Mechanism Found For the Assembly of Tumor Blood Vessels
A critical lock and key mechanism that allows the final step in the completion of new blood vessel formation has been identified by a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine team in research that promises to lead to a new way to...More...

4/29/2005
Not Your Mother's Hysterectomy
Hysterectomies have come a long way, and UCSD Medical Center patient Jane Weinman couldn't be happier. When the 47 year-old El Cajon resident developed painful uterine fibroids she was told she would likely have to undergo a conventional hysterectomy...More...

4/27/2005
UCSD Medical Researchers Show Protein's Role In Stopping Bacterial-induced Inflammation
In findings that could have implications for autoimmune disorders and drug-resistant bacterial infections, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have identified a key protein involved in the appropriate shut...More...

4/26/2005
In Memoriam: Eric Arthur Wahrenbrock, M.D.
Eric Arthur Wahrenbrock, M.D., born January 31, 1937 in San Diego passed away April 16, 2005 at his home in the loving presence of his children and friends. He served UCSD's School of Medicine for 35 years in the Department of Anesthesia, including ...More...

4/25/2005
$17.2 Million Environmental Grant Awarded to UCSD School of Medicine
An innovative environmental research and community outreach program led by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has received a five-year $17.2 million renewal of its grant from the National Institute of Environmental Heal...More...

4/24/2005
Alzheimer's Cognitive Decline Slowed In UCSD Gene Therapy Patients
PET scans and cognitive tests have suggested that Alzheimer's disease patients with genetically modified tissue inserted directly into their brains show a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline and increased metabolic activity in the brain, accor...More...

4/22/2005
Couch-Potato Marathon Is Fund-raiser For UCSD Huntington's Disease Center
On your mark…..get set…..Don't Run! Instead, find a comfortable place in your house to relax and participate in the second annual Couch-Potato Marathon 2005, a fund-raiser sponsored by the UCSD Huntington's Disease Clinical Research Program (http:/...More...

4/22/2005
New Method Holds Promise in Identifying Markers of Non-metastatic Versus Highly Metastatic Breast Cancer
San Diego, Ca. — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have used a new strategy to identify differences between non-metastatic and highly metastatic breast cancer cells. The article by Valerie Montel et al., "Expression profiling of ...More...

4/20/2005
When Flying This Summer, Beware of Blood Clots and Leg Ulcers
Although recent news coverage has linked long-distance air travel with the dangers of blood clots, few people have realized the increased risk for leg ulcers, as well. "Once a person develops a blood clot in the leg, the valves in the veins may be d...More...

4/13/2005
Ride4AIDS to Benefit UCSD Research And Being Alive San Diego
"Ride4AIDS," a one-day HIV/AIDS-benefit bike ride along San Diego's scenic waterfront will be held Sunday morning, April 3, 2005. Proceeds from the ride will go to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) AIDS Research Institute (ARI) and to Be...More...

4/13/2005
Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer's May Be Delayed by Drug, According to National Study
In a study of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), those who took the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) during the first year of the trial, but by the end of the 3-year study there w...More...

4/8/2005
Dedication Ceremony Marks Opening of New Moores UCSD Cancer Center Building
Photos by Adrian Velicescu, Standard Photography, courtesy of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership. After eight years of planning and more than two years in construction, the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center officially opened it...More...

4/6/2005
UCSD's Anthony Wynshaw-Boris Named Executive Editor of Human Molecular Genetics
Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, M.D., Ph.D. Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, M.D., Ph.D., director of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine's Center for Human Genetics and Genomics, has been named executive editor of the jour...More...

4/5/2005
More Than One In Four Workers Will Be Uninsured In 2013 As Coverage Becomes More Unaffordable, Health Affairs Article Says
Researchers Base Findings On Relationship Between Growth In Health Care Spending And Personal Income BETHESDA, MD—More than one in four American workers under 65 will be uninsured in 2013, equaling nearly 56 million people, driven by workers' increa...More...

4/5/2005
New Research on Multiple vs Single Births May Offer New Approaches for Infertility
The multiple "litter" births of mice, versus the normal singleton pregnancy of humans, is due to defective processing in mice of a common mammalian protein called bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP-15), according to new study by University of Califor...More...

4/3/2005
UCSD Medical Researchers Say Statins, Other Cholesterol-Depleting Agents Affect Hypertension
Cholesterol-lowering agents, such as the widely-prescribed statin drugs, and cholesterol-blocking agents may prove to be "novel therapeutic agents to modify cellular calcium that contributes to the development of pulmonary hypertension," according to...More...

4/1/2005
Stroke Scale Training DVD Wins Prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale Training DVD, which was filmed at the UCSD Medical Center under the guidance of Patrick Lyden, M.D. and the UCSD Stroke Center, has won a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. The DVD was produced b...More...

3/31/2005
Natural Tumor Suppressor in Body Discovered by UCSD Medical Researchers
Akt/protein kinase B controls the balance between cell survival and cell death. The activated form of this kinase tips the balance towards cell proliferation and survival, whereas the inactive form tips the balance towards programmed c...More...

3/27/2005
Vital Step in Cellular Migration Described by UCSD Medical Researchers
A vital molecular step in cell migration, the movement of cells within the body during growth, tissue repair and the body's immune response to invading pathogens, has been demonstrated by researchers in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ...More...

3/24/2005
UCSD Researchers Maintain Stem Cells Without Contaminated Animal Feeder Layers
The growth and maintenance of human embryonic stem cells in the absence of contaminated animal products has been demonstrated by University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine researchers in the Whittier Institute*, La Jolla, Californi...More...

3/16/2005
Critical Need for Geriatric Psychiatrists Addressed In Hartford Foundation Grant to UCSD/VA
The United States faces a critical healthcare problem as the number of mentally ill older Americans is steadily increasing, while the number of psychiatrists trained to care for them is too low to meet the demand. With a $450,000 grant from the Joh...More...

3/14/2005
African-American & Hispanic Twins Needed For UCSD Study of Hypertension Genetics
With high blood pressure (hypertension) a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, kidney failure and stroke, physician-scientists are trying to determine what role heredity plans in the onset of this condition, as well as what treatments work b...More...

3/10/2005
Ways to Keep Your Eyes Safe and Healthy
The UCSD Shiley Eye Center is the destination for individuals throughout the world seeking the best practitioners in eye care. For more than 20 years the Shiley Eye Center ophthalmologists have been saving patients' sight. May is Vision month and th...More...

3/7/2005
UCSD Medical/Bioengineering Researchers Show Titanium Debris Sabotage Artificial Joints
Microscopic titanium particles weaken the bonding of hip, knee, and other joint replacements, according to research published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) S...More...

3/7/2005
Roger Tsien Receives Neurosciences Prize
Roger Tsien, Ph.D. The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill has named Roger Tsien, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (UCSD) professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry, the recipient of the fifth annu...More...

3/4/2005
UCSD-Utah Team Develops Mouse Model To Test Therapies for Macular Degeneration
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55, and Stargardt Ma...More...

3/3/2005
UCSD Hosts Kyoto Prize Laureate Honored cancer researcher to present free public lecture March 3
Alfred G. Knudson Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Kyoto Prize Laureate Alfred G. Knudson Jr., M.D., Ph.D., of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, will discuss his groundbreaking work at a free lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 3 in UCS...More...

3/1/2005

New Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Shown by UCSD, Japanese and Israeli Researchers
An anti-inflammatory therapy utilizing proteins called type 1 interferon IFN-alpha and IFN-beta (IFN-α/β) has been shown by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and their colleagues in Japan and Israel to o...More...

2/24/2005

Traffic Jam on Axon Highway Occurs Early In Alzheimer's, According to UCSD Team
A blockage of the movement of chemical supplies and signals within the tube-shaped, brain-to-body cellular highways called axons, appears to occur much earlier than previously thought in the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to research b...More...

2/17/2005
UCSD Marks Major Milestone With Premier Groundbreaking In Science Research Park
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Gemini Science Become First to Locate in Park SAN DIEGO – (February 17, 2005) La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) and Gemini Science, an LIAI industrial partner, broke ground today on th...More...

2/15/2005
Women with PCOS at Increased Risk for Liver Disease
According to new research by a group of Southern California researchers, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk for developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). PCOS is a hormone imbalance manifested by insulin resi...More...

2/10/2005
Leadership Gift From Sulpizio Family For New State-Of-The-Art Cardiovascular Center At UCSD
The University of California, San Diego today announced a leadership gift of $10 million from Richard and Maria (Gaby) Sulpizio, to support the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility that will centralize UCSD's cutting-edge patient care and ...More...

2/9/2005
UCSD Begins Sudden Deafness Study
UCSD Department of Otolaryngology, in conjunction with eight other medical centers around the country, is conducting research on treatments for sudden deafness, known clinically as sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). SSNHL is new onset hearing...More...

2/9/2005
UCSD Team Discovers Specialized, Rare Heart Stem Cells In Newborns, With Potential for Replacing Damaged Tissue
The first evidence of cardiac progenitor cells – rare, specialized stem cells located in the newborn heart of rats, mice and humans – has been shown by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. The cells are ca...More...

2/8/2005
Women and Cardiovascular Disease: A Silent Epidemic
According to the American Heart Association cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills nearly a half-million women every year. That's nearly one woman every minute. It has been the leading cause of death in American women since 1900, but has gone virtually u...More...

2/3/2005
Pro-Inflammatory Protein Contributes to Crohn's Disease According to UCSD School of Medicine Study
A pro-inflammatory protein activated by bacteria in the colon plays a key role in the development of experimental colitis in mice – a mouse-version of human Crohn's disease – according to research by scientists at the University of California, San Di...More...

2/3/2005
University of California, San Diego Medical Center Presents Vision for the Future
An innovative vision for delivering 21st century health care has been announced by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. The plan includes a new emphasis on preventive medicine and community health; expands and modernizes out...More...

2/1/2005
More Homeless Mentally Ill Than Expected According to UCSD Study; Interventions Urged
The prevalence of homelessness in persons with serious mental illness in San Diego County, the nation's sixth largest metropolitan area, is 15 percent – a higher percentage than suggested in previous studies, according to new research by investigator...More...

2/1/2005
Pro-inflammatory Enzyme Linked to Diabetes; Immune System's Macrophages May Be Key to Treatment
An enzyme that initiates inflammation has been directly linked to insulin resistance and resulting type II diabetes by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. In addition, the team suggests that inhibition of...More...

1/27/2005
Laura L. Dugan, M.D. Joins UCSD As Hillblom Chair in Geriatrics
Laura L. Dugan, M.D. Geriatrics specialist Laura L. Dugan, M.D. joins the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine faculty February 1, 2005 as the first physician-scientist to hold the Hillblom Chair in Geriat...More...

1/27/2005
UCSD-Salk Team Show Protein's Gene-Silencing Role in Development of Nervous System
Gordon Gill, M.D. The first evidence that a group of proteins called phosphatases play a key role in the development of the nervous system, has been shown in fruit flies and mice by researchers at the University of California, San...More...

1/26/2005
A Healthy Lifestyle for 2005 and Beyond
The rules are simple. Eat healthy and exercise. Americans new diet guidelines encourage eating healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low fat dairy products; limiting saturated fats, sugar, alcohol, and salt; and getting plenty ...More...

1/26/2005
UCSD's Dr. Dilip Jeste Selected For Prestigious Psychiatry Award
Dilip Jeste, M.D. Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging and professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been selected as a co-recipient ...More...

1/23/2005
Current Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Contaminated With Potentially Dangerous Non-Human Molecule, UCSD/Salk Team Finds
Currently available lines of human embryonic stem cells have been contaminated with a non-human molecule that compromises their potential therapeutic use in human subjects, according to research by investigators at the University of California, San D...More...

1/19/2005
Cyroablation Trial Studies Arrythmia Treatment Option
Gregory Feld, M.D., Medical Director of the UCSD Electrophysiology Program has embarked on the final phase of a research study comparing a freezing technique that changes the heart's rhythm to standard medication therapy to treat a common heart condi...More...

1/13/2005
UCSD Medical Researchers Discover Molecular Pathway That Turns a Juvenile Heart into an Adult Heart
Xu et al./Cell Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered the molecular sequence of events in mice that turn a juvenile heart into an adult heart capable of responding to increase...More...

1/10/2005
Macular Degeneration Patients Benefit From Self-Management Training
A 12-hour self-management program for individuals with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) leads to lasting improvements in mood and function, especially in depressed patients, and decreases the development of clinical depression in AMD p...More...

1/4/2005
UCSD Brings Digital Mammography to San Diego
Digital mammography, a new technology that may enable physicians to detect more breast cancers than film-based mammography, is now available at UCSD Healthcare. San Diego's first full field digital mammography (FFDM) machine is being used for scree...More...

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