How to erase a memory — and restore it

  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.   The study, published in the June 1 advanced online issue of the journal Nature, is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and…

Greater density of coronary artery calcium associated with lower risk of CHD, CVD

Chicago – Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues determined the independent associations of coronary artery calcium (CAC) volume and CAC density with cardiovascular disease events. An increasing body of evidence suggests that greater calcium density in plaques (measured by computed tomography) is associated with decreased CVD risk.…

E-tattoo monitors brainwaves and baby bump : “now modifying the tattoo to transmit data wirelessly to a smartphone”

      26 April 2013 by Sara Reardon Magazine issue 2914.  Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the The Human Brain Topic Guide An electronic patch can analyse complex brainwaves and listen in on a fetus’s heart MIND reading can be as simple as slapping a sticker on your forehead. An “electronic tattoo”…

Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible

    February 19th, 2013          | by Charles Q. Choi                      Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics…

In vitro study finds digested formula, but not breast milk, is toxic to cells

Contact: Catherine Hockmuth chockmuth@ucsd.edu 858-822-1359 University of California – San Diego Findings may help explain development of fatal condition in premature infants              IMAGE:   This microscopic image of cells shows the effects of breast milk vs. infant formula digestion. Cells are alive and healthy after the digestion of breast milk (top row) with…

4 common antipsychotic drugs found to lack safety and effectiveness in older adults: aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and risperidone (Risperdal)

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego 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 prescriptions in older adults is for behavioral disturbances associated with dementia,…

Vitamin E effective for ‘silent’ liver disease

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Jennifer Homa jeh9057@nyp.org 212-305-5587 New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center NIH-funded, NEJM study is largest ever to look at nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, an obesity-related condition NEW YORK (April 29, 2010) — Vitamin E has been shown effective in treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an obesity-associated chronic liver disease that can…

First comprehensive paper on statins’ adverse effects released: Benefits have not been found to exceed their risks in those over 70 or 75 years old, even those with heart disease

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Provides evidence for reported side effects including muscle and cognitive problems A paper co-authored by Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and director of UC San Diego’s…

BPA’s Real Threat May Be After It Has Metabolized: Chemical Found in Many Plastics Linked to Multiple Health Threats: “MBP has a 100-fold to 1,000-fold stronger bond to the estrogen receptor than BPA”

Contacts between the ends (red) of estradiol and the estrogen receptor are critical for biological activity. BPA is too short to have both contacts; MBP is longer and can mimic the sex hormone estradiol in the estrogen receptor. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of California, San Diego Health Sciences) ScienceDaily (Oct. 4, 2012) — Bisphenol…

Non-human molecules absorbed by eating red meat increase risk of food poisoning in humans: Neu5Gc

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Eating red meat sets up target for disease-causing bacteria Non-human molecules absorbed by eating red meat increase risk of food poisoning in humans Offering another reason why eating red meat could be bad for you, an international research team, including University of California, San…