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2012-03-28 02:24:58

LA JOLLA, Calif., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Even in an era of global financial crisis, the search for new, safe and effective drugs and other interventions is a growing industry. In the past decade, Latin America has become the world's fourth largest clinical trials market, according to research reported by DataEdge. These investigations into new drugs, devices and interventions are scientifically designed, strictly controlled, and meet requirements for regulatory approval of new...

Nanotrees Harvest Sun's Energy, Turn Water Into Hydrogen Fuel
2012-03-08 04:51:22

Researchers focused on artificial photosynthesis University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale. "This is a clean way to...

2012-03-08 01:03:09

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati, and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have validated the protease cathepsin B (CatB) as a target for improving memory deficits and reducing the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in an animal model representative of most AD patients. The study has been published in the online edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. According to...

2012-03-06 10:41:07

Silencing it impairs tumor growth, making ROR1 a potential therapeutic target A team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center has identified a novel protein expressed by breast cancer cells — but not normal adult tissues — that could provide a new target for future anti-cancer drugs and treatments. Led by Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD, Evelyn and Edwin Tasch Chair in Cancer Research and Interim Director of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer...

Smart, Self-healing Hydrogels Have Possibilities In Medicine, Engineering
2012-03-06 04:22:48

[ Watch the Video ] University of California, San Diego bioengineers have developed a self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds, as easily as Velcro, and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching. The material has numerous potential applications, including medical sutures, targeted drug delivery, industrial sealants and self-healing plastics, a team of UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering researchers reported March 5 in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings...

2012-02-28 08:00:00

Study Conducted by the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center at UCSD Reveals Riding an ElliptiGO Requires 33% More Effort than Conventional Cycling and is On Par with a Running Workout San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 ElliptiGO Inc. , creators of the world´s first elliptical bike, today released the results of a metabolic testing study conducted by the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD.) EPARC...

Sleeping Pills Linked To Increased Risk Of Death
2012-02-28 11:03:43

A new study finds that people who take certain commonly prescribed sleeping pills have a five-fold increased risk of death, even among those taking fewer than 18 doses a year. And these drugs are also linked to a significantly increased risk of cancer among those taking high doses, the study, published in the journal BMJ Open, shows. The study, analyzing 10,500 people who took a wide-range of sleeping pills including zolpidem, diazepam and tamazepam, found that the top third of sleeping...

2012-02-24 14:08:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Millennium Research Institute (MRI), a non-profit national research center formed in 2010 by Millennium Laboratories, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego announced today that they will present scientific data at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 28th Annual Meeting (AAPM). Through its partnership with MRI, UCSD doctoral pharmacy students will present seven...

2012-02-22 22:10:31

University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new injectable hydrogel that could be an effective and safe treatment for tissue damage caused by heart attacks. The study by Karen Christman and colleagues appears in the Feb. 21 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Christman is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and has co-founded a company, Ventrix, Inc., to bring the gel to clinical...

2012-02-10 14:08:23

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for making scaffolds for culturing tissue in three-dimensional arrangements that mimic those in the body. This advance, published online in the journal Advanced Materials, allows the production of tissue culture scaffolds containing multiple structurally and chemically distinct layers using common laboratory reagents and materials. According to the UC San Diego researchers, this process is more affordable and...