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Promising gene therapy could restore vision in humans

It was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating around obstacles as easily as mice with no vision problems.
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New therapy could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness

Millions of Americans are progressively losing their sight as cells in their eyes deteriorate, but a new therapy developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness.
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Megaphages detected in the intestinal tract of humans who eat high-fiber, low-fat diet

Viruses plague bacteria just as viruses like influenza plague humans. Some of the largest of these so-called bacteriophages have now been found in the human gut, where they periodically devastate bacteria just as seasonal outbreaks of flu lay humans low, according to a new study led by University of California, Berkeley, scientists.
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Previous dengue virus infection associated with protection from symptomatic Zika

Previous infection with dengue virus may protect children from symptomatic Zika, according to a study published January 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues.
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CRISPR-Cas9 circular permutants can sense and respond to viral proteases

Using a technique called circular permutation, researchers at the University of California Berkeley have created a new suite of Cas9 variants called Cas9-CPs, which will simplify design of Cas9-fusion proteins for diverse applications beyond simple DNA cutting, such as base editing and epigenetic modifications.
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Advances in artificial intelligence threaten privacy of people's health data

Advances in artificial intelligence have created new threats to the privacy of people's health data, a new University of California, Berkeley, study shows.
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Pacemaker in the brain could help patients with epilepsy and Parkinsons

Engineers and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a neurostimulator that can act as a pacemaker within the human brain.
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Prickly disagreements of marriage mellow with age, study shows

Honeymoon long over? Hang in there. A new University of California, Berkeley, study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humor and acceptance.
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Scientists use cryo-EM to capture freeze-frames of molecule’s 'lock-and-load' on DNA

Pushing the limits of cryo-electron microscopy, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have captured freeze-frames of the changing shape of a huge molecule, one of the body's key molecular machines, as it locks onto DNA and loads the machinery for reading the genetic code.
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New flexible sensor can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of the body

Berkeley -- Injuries can't heal without a constant influx of blood's key ingredient -- oxygen. A new flexible sensor developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time.
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California’s uninsured rate declined last year despite federal efforts to roll back ACA

By Phil Galewitz, California Healthline The percentage of people without health insurance continued to decline in California last year, according to a closely watched report from the Census Bureau, released this week. The state’s uninsured rate edged down even as Republicans in Washington, D.C. sought to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The rate of uninsurance dropped in just two other two states: New York and Louisiana. In the Golden State, the rate of uninsured residents stood at 7.2 percent...
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Blissed out: the 13 steps to becoming happy

I enrolled in University of California, Berkeley’s online Science of Happiness course. This is what I learnedLast autumn, I enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s massive open online Science of Happiness course to see if I might goose my felicity quotient through an understanding of the edicts dispensed almost daily by the US’s happiness industrial complex. The course is free. It’s Berkeley. And its instructors, Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, have been teaching the mater...
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We Pay Attention Four Times Per Second

Two new studies in the scientific publication Neuron—authored by research teams from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley—posit that attention does not hone in like a spotlight, rather, it strobes in and out four times per second. “Perception is discontinuous,” says Sabine Kastner of Princeton Neuroscience Institute, but it is not flickering on and off entirely. Rather, we cycle between “periods of maximum focus and periods of …
Tags: Psychology, Wellness, Science, Design, Medicine, Tech, Attention, University Of California Berkeley, Linkaboutit, Princeton University, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Sabine Kastner


Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Not getting enough or the right kind of sleep is notoriously bad for physical health. But a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives too. It just might turn us into lonely outcasts, capable of spreading our misery to others.Read more...
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Link About It: Hope Rises From New Gene-Editing Method

Innovative Genomics Institute—a partnership between University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley—has released their findings on a new gene-editing method that holds the potential to advance treatment against cancer...... Continue Reading...
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When is insurance not really insurance? When you need pricey dental care.

I'm 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with comprehensive health insurance. Yet, to afford the more than $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses required for the restorative dental work I've needed in the past 20 years, I've had to rely on handouts — from my mom.
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Scientists unravel mystery of how immune cells remember infections decades later

A perplexing question in immunology has been, how do immune cells remember an infection or a vaccination so that they can spring into action decades later? Research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with investigators at Emory University, has found an answer: A small pool of the same immune cells that responded to the original invasion remain alive for years, developing unique features that keep them primed and waiting for the same microbe to re-invade...
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CRISPR-Gold corrects gene mutations in mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have engineered a new way to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology inside cells and have demonstrated in mice that the technology can repair the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle-wasting disease.
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Novartis partners with UC Berkeley to pursue 'undruggable' disease targets

Novartis has joined forces with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, to develop new technologies for the discovery of next-generation therapeutics, pursuing the vast number of disease targets in cancer and other illnesses that have eluded traditional small-molecule compounds and are considered "undruggable."
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Lack of sleep could be blamed for many major diseases says sleep scientist Matt Walker

Lack of sleep is one of the commonest maladies affectingthe modern work force. A leading sleep scientist has explored the whys and wherefores of sleep and why is it that very few people actually get enough sleep at night? Matthew Walker, a professor at University of California, Berkeley and director of the institution’s Center for Human Sleep Science, warns that this lack of sleep could be dangerous is more ways than one leading to an increased risk of several life-threatening ailments.
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Loss of smell linked to weight loss in mice despite same food intake, study reveals

Experiments conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the odor of food has a direct link with how the body processes the calories. The new study conducted on mice published in the first week of July in the journal Cell Metabolism implicates that the ability to detect the smell of food is related to whether the calories are burnt rather than stored.
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Sense of smell may play key role in how the body deals with calories

Our sense of smell is key to the enjoyment of food, so it may be no surprise that in experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight.
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Researchers find dressmakers to have superior needle-sharp stereoscopic vision

Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research from the University of California, Berkeley suggests that the 3D or "stereoscopic" vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles.
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Study reveals how puberty hormones may impede flexible youthful learning

A University of California, Berkeley, study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning.
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First year of elementary school improves child's attentiveness, research shows

The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child's attentiveness, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
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SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, STRESS CAUSES INFERTILITY

 Stress Hormones and Fertility:  Stress May Prevent Release Of GnRH We all know that stress can impact fertility. Fight or flight responses affect hormones and so on. But another hormone, GnRH is also affected and a lack of this hormone prevents other hormones from releasing at the right time. Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone can prevent the release of GNRH and it has a connection with stress.  We've all probably heard of cortisol as the stress hormone, but this article talks about GNIH...
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Reference pricing for ‘shoppable’ health care services steers consumers to low-cost providers

Source: Robinson JC, Whaley C, Brown TT. Association of Reference Pricing for Diagnostic Laboratory Testing with Changes in Patient Choices, Prices, and Total Spending for Diagnostic Tests. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 25, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2492. When Safeway, a grocery store chain, introduced reference pricing for the most commonly used clinical laboratory tests, spending on those tests drop by 32 percent over three years, according to a recent study Using refere...
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The Creative Architect – An iconic '50s creativity study finally comes to light in book form

See sample pages from this book at Wink. In 1958 and '59, an unprecedented study was conducted by the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. The idea was to apply the latest psychological tests on the world’s most famous and accomplished architects to try and determine what makes them so creative and successful. In studying them, could some magical key to creativity be discovered? Astoundingly, some 40 major architects volunteered, includin...
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Are We Losing Touch with Our Sense of Touch?

In a society where digital connections are accepted as the norm, “Skinship,” written and directed by London-based filmmaker Nichola Wong, implores us to ask a disconcerting question: are we losing touch with our sense of touch, with human skin-to-skin contact? “‘Skinship’ was conceived on an idyllic beach in San Sebastian, where I found myself captivated by a group of 20-something Europeans, whose obsession with their devices rendered them oblivious to the beauty that surrounded them and also on...
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The 3 Surprising Things That Cause Short-Term Memory Loss

You're reading The 3 Surprising Things That Cause Short-Term Memory Loss, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Memories are a funny thing, aren’t they? Sometimes our minds can recall the most intricate details of an event that happened 10 years ago. Other times, we can’t remember where we put our phone 10 minutes ago. While some age-related forgetfulness is normal, chronic for...
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