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2013-05-01 10:36:33

A UCLA-led study of adolescents receiving treatment for methamphetamine dependence has found that girls are more likely to continue using the drug during treatment than boys, suggesting that new approaches are needed for treating meth abuse among teen girls. Results from the study, conducted by the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and the community-based substance abuse treatment program Behavioral Health Services Inc., are published in the April edition of the Journal of...

2013-04-20 23:02:01

UCLA Oncologists Offer Discussion on Lung-Sparing Techniques in Mesothelioma Treatment. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 20, 2013 The 3rd International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma will take place (MPM) on Saturday, May 18, in Santa Monica, Calif. From the standpoint of surgery, ℠lung-sparing´ refers to a procedure called Pleurectomy/Decortication (PD). Unlike the more aggressive Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (EPP) that advocates removing the lung...

2013-04-19 19:25:00

Research suggests 'chemo brain' may involve neurophysiological change For many years, breast cancer patients have reported experiencing difficulties with memory, concentration and other cognitive functions following cancer treatment. Whether this mental "fogginess" is psychosomatic or reflects underlying changes in brain function has been a bone of contention among scientists and physicians. Now, a new study led by Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at...

2013-04-12 15:57:27

Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and UC Berkeley have, for the first time ever, solved the puzzle of how the various components of an entire telomerase enzyme complex fit together and function in a three-dimensional structure. The creation of the first complete visual map of the telomerase enzyme, which is known to play a significant role in aging and most cancers, represents a breakthrough that could open up a host of new...

2013-04-12 13:41:20

Blocking a key protein boosts body's ability to clear chronic infection UCLA scientists have shown that temporarily blocking a protein critical to immune response actually helps the body clear itself of chronic infection. Published in the April 12 edition of Science, the finding suggests new approaches to treating persistent viral infections like HIV and hepatitis C. The research team studied type-1 interferons (IFN-1), proteins released by cells in response to disease-causing organisms...

Genetically Altered Tomatoes Help Promote Good Cholesterol
2013-03-19 18:59:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online UCLA researchers writing in the Journal of Lipid Research say they have genetically engineered tomatoes to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of good cholesterol when consumed. The authors said this is one of the first examples of a peptide that acts like the main protein in good cholesterol, and it can be delivered simply by eating the fruit. A peptide is a chemical compound containing two or more amino acids coupled by...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.