2012 Archived News Releases

Enzyme Accelerates Malignant Stem Cell Cloning in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
December 20, 2012
An international team, headed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has identified a key enzyme in the reprogramming process that promotes malignant stem cell cloning and the growth of chronic myeloid leukemia... (More)

Genomic “Hotspots” Offer Clues to Causes of Autism, Other Disorders
December 20, 2012
Johnathan Sebat, PhD An international team, led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has discovered that “random” mutations in the genome are not quite so random after all. Their study, to be publishe... (More)

Cancer Cells Co-opt Immune Response to Escape Destruction
December 18, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that tumor cells use stress signals to subvert responding immune cells, exploiting them to actually boost conditions beneficial to cancer growth. The findings are publ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System and Qualcomm Life Join Forces to Improve Care Remotely
December 18, 2012
2net™ Platform provides physicians with state-of-the-art patient monitoring platform UC San Diego Health System is collaborating with Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to pilot the 2net™ Platform and Hub for re... (More)

UC San Diego Professor Awarded Bloomberg Manulife Prize for Promotion of Active Health
December 18, 2012
A $50,000 research prize to promote active health has been awarded to James Sallis, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  Sallis is a noted academic who is on a... (More)

Healthy Holiday Eating from UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
December 17, 2012
Moores Cancer Center Cookbook Offers Tips for Delicious and Healthy Holiday Eating What's round, red, full of holiday cheer, and (dare we say it) good for you?  It's the cranberry.  Its powerful goodness, coupled with cruciferous vegetables- such a... (More)

Toward a New Model of the Cell
December 17, 2012
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Genes Turning vast amounts of genomic data into meaningful information about the cell is the great challenge of bioinformatics, with major implications for human biology and medicine. Researchers at the Un... (More)

UC San Diego Researcher Funded for Stem-Cell-based Preeclampsia Therapies
December 12, 2012
Pregnancy complication is primary cause of induced premature deliveries Mana Parast, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has been awarded a $3 million grant to continue her re... (More)

The Changing Face of Alzheimer’s Disease Research
December 12, 2012
For years Alzheimer’s researchers have focused on testing experimental drugs on patients who already have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and significant changes in cognition, memory and behavior. It has now become quite clear that researchers have been ... (More)

Paradox of Aging: The Older We Get, the Better We Feel?
December 07, 2012
Presently, there are about 40 million Americans over the age of 65, with the fastest-growing segment of the population over 80 years old.  Traditionally, aging has been viewed as a period of progressive decline in physical, cognitive and psychosocia... (More)

UC San Diego Medical Center One of First Five Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the Nation
December 05, 2012
Rigorous requirements highlight significant difference in the treatment of complex stroke cases UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest is one of the first five facilities in the country, and the only center in San Diego County, to be certified as a ... (More)

UC San Diego and Verizon Team to Improve Tuberculosis Care
December 04, 2012
Verizon Foundation to provide grant, in-kind technology solutions to scale up novel approach to TB treatment As part of an innovative philanthropic health care program targeting reduction of health care disparities in diverse communities around the... (More)

In Schizophrenia Patients, Auditory Cues Sound Bigger Problems
November 30, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System have found that deficiencies in the neural processing of simple auditory tones can evolve into a cascade of dysfunctional information pr... (More)

UC San Diego Cardiology Team Performs 100th Extraction Procedure with 100 Percent Success Rate
November 29, 2012
A multidisciplinary team from the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at University of California, San Diego Health System has performed its 100th lead (pronounced “leed”) extraction surgery, a delicate procedure to replace the thin wiring of lifesaving ... (More)

Study Helps Resolve Debate About How Tumors Spread
November 29, 2012
A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has shown for the first time how cancer cells control the ON/OFF switch of a program used by developing embryos to effectively metastasize in viv... (More)

Study Sheds Light on How Pancreatic Cancer Begins
November 29, 2012
A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is particularly devastating since the prognosis for recovery is usually poor, with the cancer most often not detected until late stages.  Research led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego and UC... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Awarded “A”s for Patient Safety
November 28, 2012
UC San Diego Health System was honored with two separate “A” Hospital Safety Scores by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  The A scores were awarded in the latest upd... (More)

Four Common Antipsychotic Drugs Found to Lack Safety and Effectiveness in Older Adults
November 27, 2012
In older adults, antipsychotic drugs are commonly prescribed off-label for a number of disorders outside of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications – schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The largest number of antipsychotic presc... (More)

Biomarking Time
November 21, 2012
Methylome modifications offer new measure of our “biological” age Women live longer than men. Individuals can appear or feel years younger – or older – than their chronological age. Diseases can affect our aging process. When it comes to biology, o... (More)

UC San Diego Physician Honored for Pioneering Palliative Care Advances
November 16, 2012
American Cancer Society recognized Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, at annual meeting Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM, provost and vice president of the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching affiliate of the UC... (More)

Napoleone Ferrara Awarded The Economist’s 2012 Innovation Award for Bioscience
November 16, 2012
Napoleone Ferrara, MD, PhD, the molecular biologist credited with helping decipher how tumors grow, and with development of new treatments for both cancer and age-related macular degeneration, has been named recipient of The Economist magazine’s 201... (More)

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Type 1 Diabetes
November 15, 2012
A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes.  The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 indiv... (More)

Margarita Baggett Elected President of Association of California Nurse Leaders
November 01, 2012
Margarita Baggett, MSN, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer (CNO) and interim chief operating officer (COO) for UC San Diego Health System has been elected President of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL), a prestigious statewide organizat... (More)

“Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference” Opens Registration
October 26, 2012
UCSD Center for Mindfulness helps raise compassionate generation with Jon Kabat-Zinn The Center for Mindfulness at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine announces early registration for the 2013 Bridging the Hearts and Minds of You... (More)

Optimal Care for Surgical Weight Loss Confirmed at UC San Diego Health System
October 25, 2012
Bariatric Program Accredited by ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network The Bariatric Metabolic Institute (BMI) at University of California, San Diego Health System has been accredited as a Level 1 facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BS... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Program Receives National Recognition
October 24, 2012
Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy program honored as “Center of Excellence” The physicians, surgeons and team members who pioneered the lifesaving pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) procedure at University of California, San Diego Health System a... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Leader Selected “Woman of the Year”
October 23, 2012
East County Chamber of Commerce Honors Lisa Murphy for achievements in health care Lisa Murphy, associate administrator for University of California, San Diego Health System and administrative director for Cardiovascular and Medicine Services, has ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Experts Offer Halloween Tips
October 22, 2012
No Trick to Treating Children (and Adults) to a Safe Halloween UC San Diego Health System offers tips for a fun and safe Halloween.  ... (More)

New Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Named at UC San Diego Health Sciences
October 18, 2012
  Kristin Bertell Effective October 1, Kristin Bertell has assumed the position of associate vice chancellor for Health Scien... (More)

Study Finds Potential New Drug Therapy for Crohn’s Disease
October 17, 2012
Ustekinumab Induces, Sustains Clinical Response in Patients Ustekinumab, an antibody proven to treat the skin condition psoriasis, has now shown positive results in decreasing the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, according to researchers a... (More)

Two from UCSD School of Medicine Named Members of the Institute of Medicine
October 15, 2012
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 42nd annual meeting.  Included are two new members from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine: David A. Brenner, MD... (More)

Study Tests Potential New Drug to Reduce Pain and Symptoms of Endometriosis
October 08, 2012
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), endometriosis, a gynecological disorder in which cells from the uterus lining grow in other areas of the body, is the number one reason for a hysterectomy in women ages 18-35.  Current treatment op... (More)

BPA’s Real Threat May Be After It Has Metabolized
October 04, 2012
Chemical found in many plastics linked to multiple health threats   Bisphenol A or BPA is a synthetic chemical widely used in the making of plastic products ranging from bottles and food can linings to toys and water supply lines. When these plast... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Named One of Nation’s Top Heart Hospitals
October 03, 2012
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.  The Truven study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients wit... (More)

Blocking Tumor-Induced Inflammation Impacts Cancer Development
October 03, 2012
How tumors exploit microflora and immune cells to fuel growth Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the discovery of microbial–dependent mechanisms through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response... (More)

Common RNA Pathway Found in ALS and Dementia
October 01, 2012
Two proteins previously found to contribute to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, have divergent roles.  But a new study, led by researchers at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego S... (More)

UCSD-based Cancer Consortium Receives 5-Year, $20 Million Grant Renewal
September 27, 2012
NCI funding continues work focused on chronic lymphocytic leukemia   An international consortium of scientists studying chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), based at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has been awarded a 5-ye... (More)

New Way of Fighting High Cholesterol Upends Assumptions
September 27, 2012
Atherosclerosis – the hardening of arteries that is a primary cause of cardiovascular disease and death – has long been presumed to be the fateful consequence of complicated interactions between overabundant cholesterol and resulting inflammation in... (More)

Single-Site Laparoscopic Surgery Reduces Pain of Tumor Removal
September 27, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that recovery from an emerging, minimally invasive surgical technique called Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery (LESS) was less painful for kidney cancer patient... (More)

Clinical Trial Evaluates Synthetic Cannabinoid as Brain Cancer Treatment
September 25, 2012
Researchers at University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center are evaluating the safety and tolerability of a synthetic cannabinoid called dexanabinol (ETS2101). Delivered as a weekly intravenous infusion, the drug is being tested in patie... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center Honored for Design Excellence
September 21, 2012
The region’s only comprehensive cardiovascular facility receives 2012 Modern Healthcare Award UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center has received Modern Healthcare’s highest design honor, the 2012 Modern Healthcare Design Award.  Out of... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Transplant Program Receives Federal Certification
September 19, 2012
Recognized by Medicare as Heart-Lung Transplant “Center of Excellence” UC San Diego’s Center for Transplantation has met or exceeded all of its necessary requirements for approval as a center of excellence under the Federal Medicare program.  This... (More)

Nanoparticles Detect Biochemistry of Inflammation
September 18, 2012
Inflammation is the hallmark of many human diseases, from infection to neurodegeneration.  The chemical balance within a tissue is disturbed, resulting in the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide, which can cause o... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Launches Bold Campaign to Personalize Cancer Treatment
September 17, 2012
“My Answer to Cancer” will analyze patient tumor DNA to individualize cancer care UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center launched a bold plan today aimed at personalizing cancer treatment.  The “My Answer to Cancer” team of oncologists, bioinformatician... (More)

UC San Diego Health System “Top Docs” Honored Locally
September 14, 2012
122 UCSD Physicians Named Best Doctors in San Diego Region More than one hundred physicians from University of California, San Diego Health System were named “Top Docs” in the 2012 San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual su... (More)

UC San Diego’s Tsien Honored with First-Ever “Golden Goose Award”
September 13, 2012
Roger Tsien, PhD, professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his role in helping develop and expand the use of green fluorescen... (More)

Neural Stem Cells Regenerate Axons in Severe Spinal Cord Injury
September 13, 2012
New relay circuits, formed across sites of complete spinal transaction, result in functional recovery in rats In a study at the University of California, San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare, researchers were able to regenerate “an astonishing deg... (More)

CIRM Funds Six UC San Diego Stem Cell Researchers
September 06, 2012
The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has announced that six investigators from the University of California, San Diego Stem Cell Research program have received a total of more than $7 million in the latest... (More)

Nutritional Supplement Offers Promise in Treatment of Unique Form of Autism
September 06, 2012
In mice, added amino acid reduced associated epilepsy, eased neurobehavioral symptom An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Yale University schools of medicine, have identified a form... (More)

Binding Sites for LIN28 Protein Found in Thousands of Human Genes
September 04, 2012
Protein expression also causes changes in gene splicing A study led by researchers at the UC San Diego Stem Cell Research program and funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) looks at an important RNA binding protein call... (More)

Potency Of Statins Linked To Muscle Side Effects
August 22, 2012
A study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, published August 22 online by PLoS ONE, reports that muscle problems reported by patients taking statins were related to the strength or potency of the given cholesterol-loweri... (More)

Multi-dimensional Brain Measurements Can Assess Child’s Age
August 16, 2012
Timing of brain maturation is more tightly controlled than previously known A national team of researchers led by investigators at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed a multidimensional set of brain measurement... (More)

Study Identifies Potential New Class of Drug for Treating Ulcerative Colitis
August 15, 2012
Oral Drug Shows Clinical Response and Remission in Some Patients  An investigational drug currently under FDA review for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has now shown positive results in patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis, a... (More)

Breastfeeding May Protect Infants from HIV Transmission
August 15, 2012
Compound in human milk associated with reduced transmission from HIV-infected mother to breastfed infant An international team of researchers has found that certain bioactive components found in human milk are associated with a reduced risk of HIV ... (More)

Patterns in Adolescent Brains Could Predict Heavy Alcohol Use
August 08, 2012
Heavy drinking is known to affect an adolescents’ developing brain, but certain patterns of brain activity may also help predict which teens are at risk of becoming problem drinkers, according to a study by researchers in the University of Californi... (More)

New Drug Successfully Halts Fibrosis in Animal Model of Liver Disease
August 07, 2012
A study published in the online journal Hepatology reports a potential new NADPH oxidase (NOX) inhibitor therapy for liver fibrosis, a scarring process associated with chronic liver disease that can lead to loss of liver function. “While numerous ... (More)

White Blood Cells Mediate Insulin Resistance
August 06, 2012
Neutrophils’ role is a surprise – and a potential new target for treating diabetes Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say neutrophils, an abundant type of white blood cell typically tasked with attacking bacte... (More)

Alzheimer’s Cognitive Decline Slows in Advanced Age
August 02, 2012
The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is advancing age. By age 85, the likelihood of developing the dreaded neurological disorder is roughly 50 percent. But researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine sa... (More)

Researchers Identify Link between Kidney Removal and Erectile Dysfunction
July 30, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a link between patients who undergo total nephrectomy - complete kidney removal - and erectile dysfunction. Results from the multi-center study were recently p... (More)

Tumor Cells’ Inner Workings Predict Cancer Progression
July 27, 2012
Molecular markers help reveal nature of chronic lymphocytic leukemia – slow or fast   Using a new assay method to study tumor cells, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center h... (More)

Study Shows Pre-hospital Electrocardiography for Chest Pain Patients Leads to Faster Transport of Heart Attack Patients to the Hospital
July 26, 2012
A study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine along with colleagues from Rural/Metro Ambulance San Diego and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, shows that emergency medical personnel can obtain a... (More)

UC San Diego Researcher Receives $2.5 million Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
July 24, 2012
Davey Smith, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Health System is one of three recipients of the 2012 Avant-Garde Award for HIV... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Among “Most Wired” in Nation
July 23, 2012
One of only 10 California hospital systems to make Hospitals & Health Networks’ annual list University of California, San Diego Health System’s hospitals and facilities are among "Health Care’s Most Wired," according to the 14th annual survey c... (More)

UC San Diego Hospital Ranked Among “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals”
July 20, 2012
Newly opened Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center makes Soliant Health’s top ten list University of California, San Diego’s LEED-Gold certified Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is ranked #10 on Soliant Health Care’s annual list of top 20 most beautiful ho... (More)

Novel Anti-Malarial Drug Target Identified
July 19, 2012
An international team of scientists, led by researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified the first reported inhibitors of a key enzyme involved in survival of the parasi... (More)

New Technology Improves Heart Rhythm Treatment
July 18, 2012
CONFIRM study results point to a doubling of success in treating heart rhythm disorder Researchers  from UC San Diego, the University of California Los Angeles and Indiana University report having found, for the first time, that atrial fibrillatio... (More)

Protein Build-Up Leads to Neurons Misfiring
July 18, 2012
Imaging technique offers novel way to monitor neurodegenerative disorders in live animal models of Parkinson’s disease Using a two-photon microscope capable of peering deep within living tissue, researchers at the University of California, San Dieg... (More)

Genetic Test May Reduce Need for Repeat Biopsy for Prostate Cancer
July 17, 2012
Karim Kader, MD, PhD, associate clinical professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, together with a team of researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, have developed a genetic test to predict a man’s risk for prostate cancer.... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Ranks #1 in San Diego
July 17, 2012
2012 US News & World Report ranks health system among the nation’s best UC San Diego Health System is ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 23rd annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue.  The magazine ranked UC San Die... (More)

Social Networking Evaluated to Improve Diabetes Management
July 11, 2012
Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new social media tool called Wellaho to treat patients with type I and II diabetes. The clinical trial will study whether the use of social networking can improve patient-physician ... (More)

Two Proteins Offer a “Clearer” Way to Treat Huntington’s Disease
July 11, 2012
Pair helps remove and prevent misfolding of proteins that cause neurodegeneration In a paper published in the July 11 online issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have ide... (More)

Using Biomarkers to Identify and Treat Schizophrenia
July 11, 2012
Researchers say lab-based tests may be boon to both clinicians and researchers In the current online issue of PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say they have identified a set of laboratory-based bio... (More)

What Happens When We Sunburn
July 09, 2012
Researchers describe inflammatory mechanism for first time The biological mechanism of sunburn – the reddish, painful, protective immune response from ultraviolet (UV) radiation – is a consequence of RNA damage to skin cells, report researchers at ... (More)

The Key (Proteins) to Self-Renewing Skin
July 05, 2012
In the July 6 issue of Cell Stem Cell, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe how human epidermal progenitor cells and stem cells control transcription factors to avoid premature differentiation, preservin... (More)

Epigenetics Alters Genes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
July 03, 2012
It’s not just our DNA that makes us susceptible to disease and influences its impact and outcome. Scientists are beginning to realize more and more that important changes in genes that are unrelated to changes in the DNA sequence itself – a field of... (More)

Beyond Base-Pairs: Mapping the Functional Genome
July 02, 2012
Regulatory sequences of mouse genome sequenced for first time Popularly dubbed “the book of life,” the human genome is extraordinarily difficult to read. But without full knowledge of its grammar and syntax, the genome’s 2.9 billion base-pairs of a... (More)

Researchers Block Pathway to Cancer Cell Replication
July 02, 2012
NOTCH1 Signaling Promotes T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Initiating Cell Regeneration Research suggests that patients with leukemia sometimes relapse because standard chemotherapy fails to kill the self-renewing leukemia initiating cells, ofte... (More)

Gene Mutations Cause Massive Brain Asymmetry
June 25, 2012
Discovery could help lead to prevention of radical surgery in rare childhood disease Hemimegalencephaly is a rare but dramatic condition in which the brain grows asymmetrically, with one hemisphere becoming massively enlarged. Though frequently dia... (More)

Protein May Be Key to Psoriasis and Wound Care
June 21, 2012
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which skin cells proliferate out of control. For some hard-to-heal wounds, the problem is just the opposite: Restorative skin cells don’t grow well or fast enough. In a paper published in the June 21, 2012 issu... (More)

Enzyme Offers New Therapeutic Target for Cancer Drugs
June 21, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have uncovered a new signal transduction pathway specifically devoted to the regulation of alternative RNA splicing, a process that allows a single gene to produce or code mul... (More)

Proposed Drug May Reverse Huntington’s Disease Symptoms
June 20, 2012
Single treatment produces long-term improvement in animal models With a single drug treatment, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine can silence the mutated gene respo... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2012
June 19, 2012
Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National Survey UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights C... (More)

New Surgical Technique May Reverse Paralysis, Restore Use of Hand
June 15, 2012
Justin M. Brown, MD, reconstructive neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health System, is one of only a few specialists in the world who have pioneered a novel technique to restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury. In a delicate four-hour ... (More)

Clarity Begins at Exome
June 13, 2012
Sequencing Protein-making Part of Genome Can Change Diagnosis and Patient Care In the June 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine, an international team led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Expert Gives Tips on Avoiding Wave of Surfing Injuries
June 12, 2012
For many beach-goers summertime means shredding waves.  It is estimated that more than 17 million Americans are active surfers, including one million in California alone.  Even though the benefits for the body and mind are unquestionable, there are ... (More)

Statins Shown to Cause Fatigue
June 11, 2012
In a study of more than 1,000 adults, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that individuals taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are more likely than non-users to experience decreased energy, fatigue upon exertion, or bo... (More)

Re-Defining Future Stroke Risk among Pre-Diabetics
June 08, 2012
Studies suggest greater danger, but risk appears to vary by definition Millions of pre-diabetic Americans may be at increased risk of future stroke, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new meta-analysi... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Awarded “A” for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group
June 06, 2012
On June 6, 2012, UC San Diego Health System was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B... (More)

UC San Diego to Study Accelerated Aging in Schizophrenia
June 05, 2012
Researchers at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego have received a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, to study accelerated... (More)

Rattlesnakes Strike Again in San Diego, Bites More Toxic
June 04, 2012
UC San Diego Health System Toxicologist Offers Venomous Bite Advice Each year, approximately 8,000 Americans are bitten by venomous snakes.  On average, 800 or so bites occur annually in California, home to an abundance of snake species, but only o... (More)

How Infectious Disease May Have Shaped Human Origins
June 04, 2012
Inactivation of two genes may have allowed escape from bacterial pathogens, researchers say Roughly 100,000 years ago, human evolution reached a mysterious bottleneck: Our ancestors had been reduced to perhaps five to ten thousand individuals livin... (More)

UC San Diego Researchers Receive New CIRM Funding
May 25, 2012
Stem cell grants covers heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and spinal cord injuries Five scientists from the University of California, San Diego and its School of Medicine have been awarded almost $12 million in new grants from the California... (More)

Hormone Plays Surprise Role in Fighting Skin Infections
May 24, 2012
Boosts immune response when vitamin D levels are low Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are molecules produced in the skin to fend off infection-causing microbes. Vitamin D has been credited with a role in their production and in the body’s overall immu... (More)

UC San Diego Superfund Research Program Receives $15 Million Grant Renewal
May 22, 2012
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has renewed funding for the Superfund Research Program (SRP) at the University of California, San Diego. Over the next five years, the $15 mi... (More)

Drug Found for Parasite that is Major Cause of Death Worldwide
May 21, 2012
Research by a collaborative group of scientists from UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Francisco and Wake Forest School of Medicine has led to identification of an existing drug that is effective against Entamoeba histolytica. This parasite ca... (More)

Girl Child Marriages Decline In South Asia, But Only Among Youngest
May 16, 2012
Findings mixed in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh Each year, more than 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry, usually under force of local tradition and social custom. Almost half of these compulsory marriages occur in South Asia. A new ... (More)

Why Omega-3 Oils Help at the Cellular Level
May 15, 2012
Findings suggest possibility of boosting their health benefit  For the first time, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have peered inside a living mouse cell and mapped the processes that power the celebrated health benefits of o... (More)

Early Biomarker for Pancreatic Cancer Identified
May 15, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have identified a new biomarker and therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer, an often-fatal disease for which there is currently no reliable method f... (More)

Novel Approaches to Treating Alzheimer’s Disease Include Early Intervention
May 15, 2012
Researchers at the Comprehensive Alzheimer’s Program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have announced two new clinical trials for patients with either mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and one trial for Mild ... (More)

Smoked Cannabis Reduces Some Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
May 14, 2012
Controlled trial shows improved spasticity, reduced pain after smoking medical marijuana A clinical study of 30 adult patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has shown that smoked cannabis... (More)

“Take Charge” of Diabetes: Can Commercial Weight-Loss Program Help?
May 08, 2012
UC San Diego Nutrition experts launch year-long study of participants with Type 2 Diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, most with Type 2 diabetes, a disease which is often coupled with obesity.  Concerned by the incre... (More)

Scarring Cells Revert To Inactive State As Liver Heals
May 07, 2012
Research with mice reveals possible strategy to reverse fibrosis in liver and other organs An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report that significant numbers of myo... (More)

Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development Opens
May 04, 2012
On May 3, 2012, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine launched the Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development. The new center, located on the campus of Rady Children’s Hospital at 7910 Fro... (More)

Invasive Bladder Testing Before Incontinence Surgery May Be Unnecessary
May 02, 2012
NIH-Funded Study Finds Office Visit Alone Just as Effective Invasive and costly tests commonly performed on women before surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may not be necessary, according to researchers at the University of California S... (More)

Paul S. Viviano Named New CEO of UC San Diego Health System
May 01, 2012
Paul S. Viviano has accepted the position as the new CEO of UC San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor for Health Sciences. His appointment was approved by the UC Board of Regents, and will commence June 1, 2012. ... (More)

Insulin Resistance, Inflammation and a Muscle-Saving Protein
May 01, 2012
In the online May 2 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine publish three distinct articles exploring: the complex interactions of lipids and inflammation in insulin resi... (More)

National Awards to UC San Diego School of Medicine Faculty Members
April 30, 2012
William G. Bradley, Jr., MD, PhD, FACR, chairman of the Department of Radiology, was awarded the ACR Gold Medal, the highest honor of the American College of Radiology on April 22, during the ACR annual meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference held... (More)

Big Girls Don’t Cry
April 27, 2012
Study finds overweight teens who are satisfied with their bodies are less depressed, less prone to unhealthy behaviors A study to be published in the June 2012 issue of Journal of Adolescent Health looking at the relationships between body satisfac... (More)

UC San Diego Orthopedic Surgeon Named New President of International Society
April 26, 2012
Steven Garfin, MD, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health System was named President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) for 2012 to 2013. ISASS asses... (More)

UC San Diego Professor Named to the Prestigious Royal Society
April 25, 2012
Jack E. Dixon, PhD, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor of pharmacology, cellular and molecular medicine, chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego has been na... (More)

Experts Say Distracted Driving Among College Students in San Diego on Upswing
April 24, 2012
UC San Diego researchers join CHP this morning to educate students and public According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CADMV), distracted driving is on the rise due to an increase in the use of cell phones and other electronic dev... (More)

Clinical Decline in Alzheimer’s Requires Plaque and Proteins
April 23, 2012
Without p-tau protein present, impact of amyloid is “not significantly different from zero” According to a new study, the neuron-killing pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which begins before clinical symptoms appear, requires the presence of ... (More)

Modest Alcohol Consumption Lowers Risk and Severity of Liver Disease
April 19, 2012
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 scien... (More)

UC San Diego Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
April 17, 2012
UC San Diego Medical Center, located in Hillcrest, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. Ranked among the country’s major teaching hospitals, the Medical Center was also one of twelve hospitals to receive the Ever... (More)

Two UC San Diego Professors Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
April 17, 2012
Susan Ferro-Novick, PhD, professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and Herbert Levine, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego Department of Physics, have been elected to... (More)

Karl Y. Hostetler, MD, Receives Prestigious 2012 Gertrude Elion Memorial Award
April 17, 2012
Karl Y. Hostetler, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Gertrude Elion Memorial Lecture Award by the International Society of Antiviral Research.  Hostetler is a professor of medicine in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Endocri... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Recognized for Dedication to Sustainability
April 16, 2012
New Building is first LEED Gold certified acute care medical facility in San Diego Region   The UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the first hospital-based project in the region to receive LEED Gold certification from the United States... (More)

Scott M. Lippman, MD, Named New Director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
April 13, 2012
Scott M. Lippman, MD, chair of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology at The University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center, has accepted the position of director of Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, beginning May... (More)

First U.S. Case Since FDA-Approval, New Magnetic Device for Heartburn
April 10, 2012
On Monday, April 9, Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System implanted the new FDA-approved LINX device in a 29-year old patient suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic digestive... (More)

Pulse Pressure Elevation Could Presage Cerebrovascular Disease in Alzheimer’s Patients
April 06, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have shown that elevated pulse pressure may increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease (CVD) in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).&nbs... (More)

How Genes Organize the Surface of the Brain
March 29, 2012
The first atlas of the surface of the human brain based upon genetic information has been produced by a national team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare Sys... (More)

Regular Chocolate Eaters are Thinner
March 26, 2012
Katherine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: “What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” New evidence suggests she may have been right. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at ... (More)

Chronic Stress Spawns Protein Aggregates Linked to Alzheimer’s
March 26, 2012
Repeated stress triggers the production and accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates inside the brain cells of mice, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new study published in the March 26 Onlin... (More)

Gene Expression Abnormalities in Autism Identified
March 22, 2012
Genetic studies find dysregulation in pathways that govern development of the prefrontal cortex in young patients with autism A study led by Eric Courchesne, PhD, director of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Dieg... (More)

UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project Hosts Annual Gala, March 31
March 22, 2012
15 Years of Healing San Diego’s Underserved   On Saturday, March 31, the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project will host its annual fundraiser and awards ceremony. The event will be held at the UC San Diego Price Center Ballroom on the La ... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Recognized by Industry Leaders for Highest Quality, Consistent Care
March 19, 2012
Only academic facility on West Coast to receive certification UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center has one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an af... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Among Nation’s Best
March 16, 2012
Becker’s Hospital Review issues annual list of 70 “great” hospitals and health systems UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is the only San Diego hospital to be featured in Becker’s Hospital Review list of “70 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great ... (More)

Combined Health Agencies Honors Four UC San Diego Health Heroes
March 15, 2012
Brain stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson’s disease; promoting liver health on a national level; leading one of the nation’s top ALS clinics; and designing a law that protects the rights of students with epilepsy: these are significant r... (More)

How to Best Help Your Child Lose Weight: Lose Weight Yourself
March 14, 2012
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and The University of Minnesota indicates that a parent’s weight change is a key contributor to the success of a child’s weight loss in family-based treatment of ch... (More)

A New Approach to Faster Anticancer Drug Discovery
March 13, 2012
Tracking the genetic pathway of a disease offers a powerful, new approach to drug discovery, according to scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine who used the approach to uncover a potential treatment for prostate ca... (More)

Botox Injections Now Used for Severe Urinary Incontinence
March 13, 2012
When you think of Botox injections, you probably think of getting rid of unwanted wrinkles around the eyes or forehead, but recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved using the injections to help patients with neurological condition... (More)

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression
March 13, 2012
Might the “Twinkie defense” have a scientific foundation after all? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown – by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities – t... (More)

New Weight Loss Surgery Folds Stomach into Smaller Size
March 09, 2012
Patients seeking a weight-loss surgery that does not require an implanted device or permanent change to their anatomy, have a new clinical trial option at UC San Diego Health System. Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery, and his ... (More)

Pregnant Women on Antidepressants Less Likely to Breastfeed
March 08, 2012
Researchers Say Results Show Need for Additional Breastfeeding Support and Education Researchers at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit organization based at the University o... (More)

New Drug Target Improves Memory in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
March 07, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati, and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have validated the protease cathepsin B (CatB) as a target for imp... (More)

Embryonic Development Protein Active in Cancer Growth
March 05, 2012
Silencing it impairs tumor growth, making ROR1 a potential therapeutic target A team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center has identified a novel protein expressed by breast cancer cells – but not normal adul... (More)

Premature Babies Receive High-Tech Medical Help
March 02, 2012
UC San Diego Telemedicine partners with Tri-City Medical Center NICU An innovative telemedicine program connecting neonatal specialists from UC San Diego Medical Center and Tri-City Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will allow ex... (More)

UC San Diego Sponsors Annual Women’s Conference on HIV/AIDS
March 02, 2012
March 10 Conference Honors National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day In observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI) and Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are sponsors of “A Wom... (More)

Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function
March 02, 2012
Improvements seen in patients with heart failure and type 2 diabetes in initial study A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart ... (More)

UC San Diego among First in Nation to Treat Brain Cancer with Novel Viral Vector
March 01, 2012
Directly injected viral vector, Toca 511, is designed to spread through brain cancer cells and kill them while leaving healthy cells unharmed UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center researchers and surgeons are among the first in the nation to treat pat... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Now Offers Latest Catheter Ablation Therapy Using Heat Energy for Patients with Abnormal Heart Rhythms
February 16, 2012
FDA-approved non-surgical technology alters heart tissue that triggers atrial fibrillation UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is now offering patients with atrial fibrillation the breakthrough benefits of heat energy, or radio frequency w... (More)

The Splice of Life: Proteins Cooperate to Regulate Gene Splicing
February 16, 2012
Understanding how RNA binding proteins control the genetic splicing code is fundamental to human biology and disease – much like editing film can change a movie scene. Abnormal variations in splicing are often implicated in cancer and genetic neurod... (More)

Express Yourself: How Zygotes Sort Out Imprinted Genes
February 16, 2012
Writing in the February 17, 2012 issue of the journal Cell, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Toronto Western Research Institute peel away some of the enduring... (More)

Will Anti-Arrhythmic Drug Beat Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
February 14, 2012
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States.  This form of heart attack kills 325,000 people every year, representing one death every two minutes. Almost all SCA victims die before they even reach a hospital. To id... (More)

Could “Love Hormone” Help Treat Depression?
February 13, 2012
Gazing into your lover’s eyes isn’t only romantic; it also releases a brain chemical called oxytocin that strengthens social bonds in a variety of species.  For some people who suffer from depression, the so-called “hormone of love” might hold out h... (More)

Clinical Trial Teaches Binge Eaters to Toss Away Cravings
February 09, 2012
Of 190 million obese Americans, approximately 10-15 percent engage in harmful binge eating. During single sittings, these over-eaters consume large servings of high-caloric foods. Sufferers contend with weight gain and depression including heart dis... (More)

New Method Makes Culture of Complex Tissue Possible in any Lab
February 09, 2012
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for making scaffolds for culturing tissue in three-dimensional arrangements that mimic those in the body. This advance, published online in the journal Advanced Materi... (More)

UC San Diego Professor Kim Barrett Selected President-Elect of the American Physiological Society
February 07, 2012
Kim E. Barrett, PhD, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, will become president-elect of the American Physiological Society (APS).  APS is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization devoted ... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Offers New Hope for Deadly Brain Tumor
February 03, 2012
One of few clinical trial sites, worldwide Jim Black is fighting the meanest, most aggressive, most common kind of brain tumor in the United States: recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).  In the United States, each year, approximately 10,000 pat... (More)

Grant to UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center Supports Research in Blinding Eye Diseases
January 26, 2012
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding eye disea... (More)

Scientists Link Evolved, Mutated Gene Module to Syndromic Autism
January 26, 2012
A team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that newly discovered mutations in an evolved assembly of genes cause Joubert syndrome, a form of syndromic autism. The findings are published in the J... (More)

Four Breast Cancer-Related Studies Seeking Participants
January 25, 2012
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center researchers examine role of diet and exercise An active lifestyle and a healthy diet can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, help you sleep better, and reduce your risk of many diseases.  Researchers... (More)

Researchers Induce Alzheimer’s Neurons From Pluripotent Stem Cells
January 25, 2012
First-ever feat provides new method to understand cause of disease, develop drugs Led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, scientists have, for the first time, created stem cell-derived, in vitro models of ... (More)

New Fluorescent Dyes Highlight Neuronal Activity
January 25, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created a new generation of fast-acting fluorescent dyes that optically highlight electrical activity in neuronal membranes. The work is published in this week’s online E... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Expands, Acquires Nevada Cancer Institute
January 23, 2012
UC San Diego Health System has received approval to acquire the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI), the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada, as an affiliate health care provider. The expansion represents a partnership between California and... (More)

Author of Buddha’s Brain to Give Lecture at UC San Diego Medical Center
January 20, 2012
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of the book Buddha’s Brain and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, will present his lecture "Taking in the Good: Helping Children Build Inner Strength and Happiness”  at the UC San ... (More)

National Academy of Sciences Honors UC San Diego Professor
January 20, 2012
17 individuals in U.S. recognized for major contributions to science The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 17 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the p... (More)

UC San Diego Researchers Review Cessation Studies and Call for Change in Policy
January 17, 2012
Smoking is a major public health issue and quitting is the single most important thing smokers can do to improve their health.  In the 2012 edition of the prestigious Annual Review of Public Health, researchers at the University of California, San D... (More)

New Study Links Timing of Alcohol Exposure In Pregnancy and FAS Physical Features
January 17, 2012
Results Show No ‘Safe’ Period For Drinking Alcohol In Pregnancy Researchers at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a state-wide non-profit organization based at the University of California, San Di... (More)

Pick Up the Cell Phone, Drop the Pounds
January 09, 2012
Cell phones aren’t just for talking any more.  Surfing the web, storing music and posting to Facebook have all contributed to the near-mandatory use of a cell phone.  How about using that cell phone to lose weight?  Researchers with Calit2’s Center ... (More)

Roche Funds Drug Discovery Projects at UC San Diego
January 09, 2012
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 ... (More)

New Test Spots Early Signs of Inherited Metabolic Disorders
January 09, 2012
A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, have developed a simple, reliable test for identifying biomarkers for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a group of inheri... (More)

Radical Surgery Saves Life of Young Mom, California First
January 05, 2012
Liver Removed, Reconstructed, Re-Implanted 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 rec... (More)

New Chair Named for UC San Diego Department of Medicine
January 05, 2012
Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, has been selected as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  He has also been named the Helen M. Ranney Endowed Chair, the school's first faculty-funded endow... (More)

UC San Diego Training Program on Driving Safety Expands Statewide
January 04, 2012
Program showed success in training health care, law enforcement The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) program has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Tr... (More)

UC San Diego’s William C. Mobley Recognized for Contributions to Down Syndrome
January 04, 2012
Jérôme Lejeune Foundation U.S. Scientific Committee Chair acknowledged by U.S. Congress, honored with international prize in Paris William C. Mobley, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego Schoo... (More)