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Early treatment for PTSD after a disaster has lasting effects

In 1988, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the northern Armenian city of Spitak. The temblor destroyed cities and is estimated to have killed between 25,000 and 35,000 people, many of whom were schoolchildren. The latest findings from a long-term, UCLA-led study reveal that children who survived the quake and received psychotherapy soon after have experienced health benefits into adulthood.
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Texas Heart Institute and UCLA reveal innovative pacing system in Scientific Reports

Researchers at Texas Heart Institute and UCLA crossed a major milestone in the development of a wirelessly powered, leadless pacemaker and further advanced the possibility of using wirelessly powered, biventricular pacing to address cardiac resynchronization challenges. In Nature Research Scientific Reports, they reported the first proof of the novel pacing system's ability to provide synchronized biventricular pacing in a closed chest and open chest, preclinical research model.
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Much shorter radiation treatment found to be safe, effective for people with soft tissue sarcoma

A new study led by researchers at UCLA found that treating soft tissue sarcoma with radiation over a significantly shorter period of time is safe, and likely just as effective, as a much longer conventional course of treatment.
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Gene associated with autism also controls growth of the embryonic brain

A UCLA-led study reveals a new role for a gene that's associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment.
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UCLA research could be step toward lab-grown eggs and sperm to treat infertility

A new study on how and when the precursors to eggs and sperm are formed during development could help pave the way for generating egg and sperm cells in the lab to treat infertility.
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Botanical drug is shown to help patients with head and neck cancers

In a UCLA-led phase I clinical trial, a new plant-based drug called APG-157 showed signs of helping patients fight oral and oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers are located in the head and the neck.
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Study takes a stand against prolonged sitting

A UCLA study shows classrooms remain overlooked when it comes to the health risks of sitting still for too long. UCLA researchers found most students don't realize the health risks can't be counteracted by later exercise, and perhaps unsurprisingly, students feel it is socially unacceptable to take a walk while the professor is still leading class. The UCLA researchers have solutions like building open classrooms and offering instructor-led stretch breaks.
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Cold plasma patch could make immunotherapy more effective for treating melanoma

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the UCLA has developed a medicated patch that can deliver immune checkpoint inhibitors and cold plasma directly to tumors to help boost the immune response and kill cancer cells.
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Blood test identifies risk of disease linked to stroke and dementia

A UCLA-led study has found that levels of six proteins in the blood can be used to gauge a person's risk for cerebral small vessel disease, a brain disease that affects an estimated 11 million older adults in the U.S.
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UCLA researchers find chronic inflammation contributes to cancer metastasis

The study reveals a detailed epigenetic mechanism for how interleukin-1-beta, a common cytokine that helps fight infections during inflammation, plays a critical role in cancer metastasis.
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Six patients with rare blood disease are doing well after gene therapy clinical trial

UCLA researchers are part of an international team that reported the use of a stem cell gene therapy to treat nine people with the rare, inherited blood disease known as X-linked chronic granulomatous disease, or X-CGD. Six of those patients are now in remission and have stopped other treatments. Before now, people with X-CGD - which causes recurrent infections, prolonged hospitalizations for treatment, and a shortened lifespan -- had to rely on bone marrow donations for a chance at remission.
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Hundreds of UCLA students publish encyclopedia of 1,000 genes linked to organ development

A research team including 245 UCLA undergraduates has published an encyclopedia of more than 1,000 genes, including 421 genes whose functions were previously unknown. The research, conducted in fruit flies, should be useful to scientists studying genes involved in sleep, vision, memory and many other processes in humans.
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A way to look younger is right under your nose, UCLA-led study finds

Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, may make a woman look up to three years younger, according to a new study led by researchers at UCLA that used a type of artificial intelligence known as machine learning.
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Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole

UCLA astronomers have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from the supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*. 'Mergers of stars may be happening in the universe more often than we thought, and likely are quite common,' said Andrea Ghez, UCLA's Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics. She believes the objects were binary stars that merged because of the black hole's gravitational force.
Tags: Science, Ucla, Arthur E Levine, Andrea Ghez, Lauren B Leichtman


Involving family in bipolar care helps children and teens stay healthier, longer

In a UCLA-led study, children and adolescents with a high risk for developing bipolar disorder stayed healthier for longer periods when their family members participated in their psychotherapy sessions.
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Biomarker predicts which patients with heart failure have a higher risk of dying

A UCLA-led study revealed a new way to predict which patients with 'stable' heart failure -- those who have heart injury but do not require hospitalization -- have a higher risk of dying within one to three years.
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New NASA image provides more details about first observed interstellar comet

A new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provides important new details about the first interstellar comet astronomers have seen in our solar system. 'Data from the Hubble Space Telescope give us the best measure of the size of comet 2I/Borisov's nucleus, which is the really important part of the comet,' said David Jewitt, a UCLA professor of planetary science and astronomy who analyzed and interpreted the data from the new image.
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Here's the Internet's 'Birth Certificate' From 50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today, on October 29, 1969, the internet was born. It was a humble beginning—a single login from a computer terminal at UCLA in Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the Bay Area. But it was a tiny baby step that would eventually catapult the world into the information age.Read more...
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Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed

The solar system has another interstellar visitor, but there’s no question of this one being an alien spacecraft. It’s a true comet and the first we’ve ever confirmed that comes from interstellar space, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured some amazing imagery of it. Good thing, too — because it’s never coming back. You probably remember ‘Oumuamua as the interstellar object that launched a thousand headlines — mostly around the idea that it could be an alien ship of some kind. Needless to say...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Crimea, Comets, Hubble Space Telescope, Ucla, Borisov, Oumuamua, Gennady Borisov, David Jewitt


Nerve stimulation could provide new treatment option for most common type of stroke

Research led by a UCLA scientist found that a new nerve stimulation therapy to increase blood flow could help patients with the most common type of stroke up to 24 hours after onset.
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Two-fifths of Americans say climate change will influence their vote in 2020 election, according to poll

Two-fifths of American voters say climate change will influence how they cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election, a poll has found.The burgeoning ranks of Democratic candidates are under particular pressure to offer solutions to environmental problems, according to researchers.“This is truly a top-tier issue for the Democratic base,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Programme on Climate Change Communication, which put out the poll along with George Mason University.In ...
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'Smart' insulin could prevent hypoglycemia during diabetes treatment

UCLA bioengineers and their colleagues have developed a new type of insulin that could help prevent hypoglycemia in people who use the drug to manage diabetes.
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Non-invasive glucose monitor EasyGlucose takes home Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and $100K

Microsoft’s yearly Imagine Cup student startup competition crowned its latest winner today: EasyGlucose, a non-invasive, smartphone-based method for diabetics to test their blood glucose. It and the two other similarly beneficial finalists presented today at Microsoft’s Build developers conference. The Imagine Cup brings together winners of many local student competitions around the world with a focus on social good and, of course, Microsoft services like Azure. Last year’s winner was a smart...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Education, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Tech, Fda, Ucla, Chiang, Imagine Cup, Caeli, U K India, MS Build 2019


Scientists identify genes tied to increased risk of ovarian cancer

A team of researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer, Cedars-Sinai Cancer and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have newly identified 34 genes that are associated with an increased risk for developing the earliest stages of ovarian cancer.
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Measles Quarantine Hits L.A. Universities After Confirmed Cases on Campus

Hundreds of students and staff members at UCLA and Cal State LA are told to stay home for 21 days.
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Chemical reaction at UCLA leaves student with minor lacerations

LOS ANGELES — A student suffered minor lacerations Tuesday night as a result of a chemical reaction in a laboratory at a science building at UCLA. Firefighters responded about 9:10 p.m. to the location, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The student walked outside and was rinsed off by rescuers and found to be in good condition before she was taken to a hospital, Humphrey said. Related Articles Coachella worker killed in fall while installing fest...
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Winters Are Only Going to Get Worse, So Researchers Invented a Way to Generate Electricity from Snowfall

The farther you get from the equator, the less effective solar panels become at reliably generating power all year round. And it’s not just the shorter spans of sunlight during the winter months that are a problem; even a light dusting of snow can render solar panels ineffective. As a result of global warming, winters…Read more...
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AI performs as well as experienced radiologists in detecting prostate cancer

UCLA researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system to help radiologists improve their ability to diagnose prostate cancer.
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Study links perimenopause to accelerated fat mass gains, lean mass losses

A UCLA-led study confirms what women approaching menopause have long suspected: menopause does make fat go up. The study finds that women undergoing perimenopause lost lean body mass and more than doubled their fat mass. The research demonstrates that body mass index (BMI) is a very important clinical tool for predicting health events, such as getting diabetes or having cardiovascular disease -- but is a less useful gauge of cardio-metabolic risk in older women.
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Silicon Valley's Fingerprints Are All Over the College Bribery Scandal

When the insular Silicon Valley venture capital world found out this week that over a dozen local wealthy parents got caught bribing their way into colleges like the University of Southern California, their first reaction was to throw their head back in laughter: They paid $200,000 to get their kid into USC and UCLA,…Read more...
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