Higher chocolate consumption associated with lower levels of total fat—fat deposits all over the body—and central—abdominal—fat, independently of whether or not subjects are physically active, and of their diet

Scientists at the University of Granada have disproved the old idea that chocolate is fattening, in a study reported this week in Nutrition   The study—possibly the most comprehensive to date—included 1458 European adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years University of Granada researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Physical Activity…

Homeland Security secretary Napolitano resigns for senior post at CU

Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic. Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive…

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…

Stanford University raises $1 Billion in Donations

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 Stanford University has set a new record for college fundraising, becoming the first school to collect more than $1 billion in a single year, according to a report released Wednesday. . For the eighth straight year, Stanford ranked first in the Council for Aid to Education’s annual college fundraising survey, which…

Fetal exposure to PVC plastic chemical linked to obesity in offspring: Over multiple generations

Contact: Tom Vasich tmvasich@uci.edu 949-824-6455 University of California – Irvine UCI study identifies transgenerational effects of obesogen compound tributyltin Irvine, Calif. — Exposing pregnant mice to low doses of the chemical tributyltin – which is used in marine hull paint and PVC plastic – can lead to obesity for multiple generations without subsequent exposure, a…

Liver defect likely cause of DHA deficiency in Alzheimer’s patients, UCI study finds

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Janet Wilson janethw@uci.edu 949-824-3969 University of California – Irvine Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid may contribute to the neurodegenerative disease Irvine, Calif. — UC Irvine researchers have discovered that markedly depleted amounts of an omega-3 fatty acid in brain tissue samples from Alzheimer’s patients may be due…

Fears for civil liberties as Apple patents technology that could remotely disable protesters’ smartphones

Technology  would broadcast a signal to automatically shut down smartphone features, or even  the entire phone Apple  claims it would most likely be used to prevent copyright theft or to guarantee  privacy in sensitive areas Civil  liberties campaigners fear it could be misused by the authorities to silence  ‘awkward citizens’ By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED:09:35 EST,…

Average radiation exposure of the US population requires perspective and caution: 6 fold Increase since 1980

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Jason Bardi jbardi@aip.org 301-209-3091 American Institute of Physics NCRP Report No. 160 on increased average radiation exposure of the US population COLLEGE PARK, MD (March 3, 2009) — Scientists at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) are offering additional background information to help the public avoid misinterpreting…

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…

Vitamin B3 reduces Alzheimer’s symptoms, lesions

2008 study posted for filing Contact: Jennifer Fitzenberger jfitzen@uci.edu 949-824-3969 University of California – Irvine UC Irvine starts clinical trial on nicotinamide effect in Alzheimer’s patients Irvine, Calif. — An over-the-counter vitamin in high doses prevented memory loss in mice with Alzheimer’s disease, and UC Irvine scientists now are conducting a clinical trial to determine…

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…