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2011-07-27 12:30:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When Conrad Prebys was a young boy growing up in Indiana he stepped on a rusty belt buckle, which resulted in a life-threatening cardiac infection that forced him to remain bedridden for a year. Now, years later and having accrued a significant personal fortune, the noted San Diego developer and philanthropist is fighting back against the disease that almost ended his life by donating $45 million to help create the most advanced cardiac...

2011-07-26 22:12:23

A substantial number of people with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa have a chronic course. They are severely underweight and have a high likelihood of dying from malnutrition. No treatment has been found that helps people who are chronically ill. Now, a new study sheds light on the reason that some people have poor outcome. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Scripps Translational...

2011-07-19 16:56:00

SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012 Best Hospitals rankings has again named the combined heart programs of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital among the best in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. In addition, Scripps La Jolla, Scripps Green, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Mercy Hospital were collectively recognized for high performance in 12 specialties in the Best Hospitals metro area...

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2011-07-17 06:18:01

New Supercomputer Delivers Increased Productivity, On-demand Access By Jan Zverina, San Diego Supercomputer Center Trestles, a supercomputer launched earlier this year by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is proving itself as a valuable resource for researchers across a wide range of disciplines, from astrophysics to molecular dynamics, who need access to computational resources with rapid turnaround. In the seven months since its launch,...

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2011-07-17 06:00:00

Teenage girls may be more vulnerable to the long term effects of binge drinking than their male counterparts, claims a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford University. As part of the study, which will be published in the October 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, UCSD Psychiatry Professor Susan F. Tapert and colleagues studied a total of 95 students, ages 16 to 19, from nearby public schools. Of those subjects,...

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2011-07-15 09:33:21

By Kim McDonald, UC San Diego Farmers and other astute observers of nature have long known that crops like corn and sorghum grow taller at night. But the biochemical mechanisms that control this nightly stem elongation, common to most plants, have been something of a mystery to biologists"”until now. In this week's early online publication of the journal Nature, biologists at the University of California, San Diego report their discovery of a protein complex they call the "evening...

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2011-07-15 07:05:00

Researchers have peered into the "uncanny valley" of the human brain for the first time. The "uncanny valley" refers to an artificial agent's drop in likeability when it becomes too humanlike.  The international team of researchers said they used an MRI to determine that what may be going on is due to a perceptual mismatch between appearance and motion. The team said many viewers find the characters in the animated film "Polar Express" give them the creeps.  Most of the androids...

2011-07-13 23:55:00

Farmers and other astute observers of nature have long known that crops like corn and sorghum grow taller at night. But the biochemical mechanisms that control this nightly stem elongation, common to most plants, have been something of a mystery to biologists"”until now. In this week\'s early online publication of the journal Nature, biologists at the University of California, San Diego report their discovery of a protein complex they call the "evening complex" that regulates the...

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2011-07-07 14:00:39

'Hot spots' of plume from deep Earth could propel plate motions around globe Bringing fresh insight into long-standing debates about how powerful geological forces shape the planet, from earthquake ruptures to mountain formations, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have identified a new mechanism driving Earth's massive tectonic plates. Scientists who study tectonic motions have known for decades that the ongoing "pull" and "push" movements of the plates are...

2011-06-22 22:35:20

UCSD researchers say finding could lead to earlier diagnoses and treatment In a novel imaging study of sleeping toddlers, scientists at the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence report that a diminished ability of a young brain's hemispheres to "sync" with one another could be a powerful, new biological marker of autism, one that might enable an autism diagnosis at a very young age. Writing in the June 23 issue of the journal Neuron, Eric Courchesne, PhD, professor...