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Mercury Found To Have Ice And Organic Material
2012-11-29 18:33:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers using data taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft have found evidence of water ice deposits and organic material on Mercury. UCLA planetary scientists crafted the first accurate thermal model of the solar system's innermost planet, pinpointing the extremely cold regions where ice has been found on or below the surface. Researchers wrote in the journal Science that the newly discovered black deposits are a thin crust...

2012-11-26 16:25:19

Experimental technology could transform field of lung transplantation LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First there was the "heart in a box," a revolutionary experimental technology that allows donor hearts to be delivered to transplant recipients warm and beating rather than frozen in an ice cooler. Now that same technology is being used to deliver "breathing lungs." The lung transplant team at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical successfully performed the nation's...

2012-11-15 16:23:37

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Making music is an adventure. But if you don't enjoy the process, you probably won't make it very far. That's why the Chromatik team is proud to introduce its digital platform designed to transform the way people practice, perform, and learn music. Musicians can sign up for the free web application at www.chromatik.com and download the iPad application on the iPad App Store today. Initially featured on American Idol with music director Ray...

2012-11-01 07:32:44

200,000 Live in Los Angeles County, Many are Women and Under 45 Years Old LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As we enter COPD Awareness Month starting November 1, new data shows an estimated 1.1 million Californians, with nearly 200,000 in Los Angeles County, have been diagnosed with COPD, according to the first research of its kind by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research along with Survey Research Group and Public Health Institute (PHI). "BREATHE LA (BLA)...

New Technique Produces Sharper 3-D Images Of Breast Tumors
2012-10-23 07:40:15

Like cleaning the lenses of a foggy pair of glasses, scientists are now able to use a technique developed by UCLA researchers and their European colleagues to produce three-dimensional images of breast tissue that are two to three times sharper than those made using current CT scanners at hospitals. The technique also uses a lower dose of X-ray radiation than a mammogram. These higher-quality images could allow breast tumors to be detected earlier and with much greater accuracy. One in...

Planetary Systems Compared To Pancakes
2012-10-15 12:14:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers from UCLA using NASA's Kepler space telescope have determined that most planetary systems are "flatter than pancakes." The team wrote in a paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal that they developed a computer model of planetary systems and compared them to the properties of Kepler data. They found that the more than 85 percent of planets have inclinations of less than three degrees, making the planetary systems...

2012-10-10 07:20:10

CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Technical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that Aaron S. Cohen, the Company's co-founder and currently its Vice Chairman and Senior Vice President, has been named "Alumnus of the Year" by UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Cohen will receive the award at a gala UCLA Engineering Awards Dinner Nov. 2 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Cohen,...

2012-10-02 02:26:07

LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As Baby Boomers become senior citizens, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are on track to reach epidemic proportions, with a new diagnosis every 68 seconds and an annual cost of $1.2 trillion projected by 2050, not to mention the psychological toll on family members caring for their loved ones. UCTV Prime's YouTube original series "Heartache and Hope: America's Alzheimer's Epidemic" reveals what it's like for patients and families...

Common Human Viruses Could Lead To Acne Cure
2012-09-25 10:45:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Acne, Propionibacterium acnes, is a common human skin disease that affects hundreds of millions of people every year. It is also the bane of teenagers, causing insecurity and disrupting social life for many. But there may be new hope for pimple poppers everywhere. A new study suggests viruses could be used to treat acne, and effectively kill acne-causing bacteria. By utilizing a harmless virus that lives on the skin, scientists...

2012-09-17 14:22:30

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation proudly presented a check for more than $46 thousand to Dr. Marlena Fejzo, geneticist, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on Friday, September 14th. The donation will fund continued groundbreaking research on a relatively unknown, debilitating pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or HG. The disease rarely makes headlines, yet it afflicts hundreds of...