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2013-09-05 11:24:36

A study at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to need a feeding tube or suffer unwanted side effects such as worsening of diet or narrowing of the throat passage if they performed a set of prescribed swallowing exercises — called a "swallow preservation protocol" — during therapy. The study, conducted from 2007 to 2012, was led by Dr. Marilene Wang, a member of the...

2013-08-30 23:17:41

Brad Carter's recent brain surgery has given him hope that he will be able to achieve a life-long dream of recording a studio album. Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 Millions watched as local musician and actor Brad Carter was required to remain awake during a seven-hour brain surgery at UCLA. Brad played his guitar in the operating room enabling surgeons to position and adjust an electrode being placed into his Thalamus to help control his tremors. A musician most of...

2013-08-26 23:04:19

Dr. Marisa C. Chang has been named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Doctors®. Dr. Chang is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is on the American Headache Society’s section of Interventional Pain Management, and specializes in Neurology at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles, and is on staff at UCLA’s Comprehensive Headache Program. Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) August 26, 2013 Dr. Marisa C. Chang, a board-certified neurologist in Los...

Iron Accumulation Contributes To Alzheimer's Disease
2013-08-21 04:32:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Another day, another essential mineral linked to Alzheimer's disease. On the heels of a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neurosurgery study which found that copper could factor into the onset and progression of the neurodegenerative condition, a second group of scientists has published research suggesting that iron accumulation could be one of the core contributing factors leading to the onset of the...

Online Chronicling Often Reduces Depression In Breast Cancer Patients
2013-08-14 12:59:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Patients with serious medical conditions have been increasingly sharing their experiences online and a new study from UCLA has delved into this phenomenon to see if it has led to positive psychological outcomes for these particular people. According to the study, which appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UCLA researchers discovered that female breast cancer patients who create a personal website to share their experience and...

2013-08-05 12:25:20

Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative location while navigating an unfamiliar environment. The "grid cell," which derives its name from the triangular grid pattern in which the cell activates during navigation, is distinct among brain cells because its activation represents multiple...

UCLA Researchers Design Software Hackers' Kryptonite
2013-07-30 12:43:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed a "software obfuscation" system for the very first time. The new system is able to encrypt software so that it only allows someone to use a program as intended while preventing any deciphering of the code behind it. Essentially, this system will be the equivalent of Superman's "kryptonite" for anyone trying to pirate software. According to UCLA computer...

Fungus Cell Looks Like The 405 Freeway
2013-07-18 10:17:49

UCLA [ Watch the Video Nuclear dynamics in a fungal chimera ] No, those are not cars darting along a busy highway. The glowing specks you're seeing in this video are millions of nuclei flowing through the tube-like filaments, or hyphae, of a single fungus cell. The video was produced as part of a study by UCLA mathematician Marcus Roper's research group that was the first to measure and explain this dynamic movement of nuclei in the cells of a fungus. "It's complex, beautiful and...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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