Tag: University of California San Diego

Nutritional supplement offers promise in treatment of unique form of autism

07 SEP 2012 In mice, added amino acid reduced associated epilepsy, eased neurobehavioral symptom An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Yale University schools of medicine, have identified a form of autism with epilepsy that may potentially be treatable with a common nutritional supplement. The findings…

Potency of statins linked to muscle side effects

24 AUG 2012 These include commonly reported problems such as pain and weakness, as well as life-threatening muscle breakdown, known as rhabdomyolysis. Statin myopathies can significantly increase pain and injury risk and affect mobility, especially in older individuals. A study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, published August 22 online by…

Pepper and halt: Spicy chemical may inhibit gut tumors

  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin – the active ingredient in chili peppers – produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors. The findings are published in the August…

How infectious disease may have shaped human origins

Inactivation of 2 genes may have allowed escape from bacterial pathogens, researchers say Roughly 100,000 years ago, human evolution reached a mysterious bottleneck: Our ancestors had been reduced to perhaps five to ten thousand individuals living in Africa. In time, “behaviorally modern” humans would emerge from this population, expanding dramatically in both number and range,…

Statins shown to cause fatigue

15 JUN 2012 In a study of more than 1,000 adults, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that individuals taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are more likely than non-users to experience decreased energy, fatigue upon exertion, or both. The researchers suggest that these findings should be taken into account by doctors when weighing…

Regular chocolate eaters are thinner

07 Apr 2012 Katherine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: “What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” New evidence suggests she may have been right. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues present new findings…

Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function

09 Mar 2012 Improvements seen in patients with heart failure and Type 2 diabetes in initial study A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three…

Cancer stem cells linked to drug resistance

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 20-Apr-2014 Discovery of previously undefined molecular pathway is step toward novel clinical trial Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the…

Vitamin E effective for ‘silent’ liver disease

Public release date: 30-Apr-2010 – “The good news is that this study showed that cheap and readily available vitamin E can help many of those with the condition. We also looked at the drug pioglitazone, which showed some benefits, although not as dramatic as with vitamin E.”

Greater density of coronary artery calcium associated with lower risk of CHD, CVD

Chicago – Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues determined the independent associations of coronary artery calcium (CAC) volume and CAC density with cardiovascular disease events. An increasing body of evidence suggests that greater calcium density in plaques (measured by computed tomography) is associated with decreased CVD risk.…

Scientists report human dietary supplement cures lab animals infected with human intestinal parasite ( Hookworm )

Contact: Preeti Singh psingh@burnesscommunications.com 301-280-5722 Bridget DeSimone bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com 301-280-5735 Burness Communications Preliminary success using ‘probiotics’ against hookworms raises hope for treating afflictions that burden 1.5 billion and cause stunting, development delays in children WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2013) — Laboratory animals fed a modified version of a common human dietary supplement were completely cured of…

Vitamin D does not contribute to kidney stones, study asserts

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Increased vitamin D levels may prevent a wide range of diseases, according to recent studies. However, some previous studies led to a concern that vitamin D supplementation could increase an individual’s risk of developing kidney stones. However, a study of 2,012 participants – published…

Drug treatment corrects autism symptoms in mouse model : suramin

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego An old drug gives hope for new treatment in autism Autism results from abnormal cell communication. Testing a new theory, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used a newly discovered function of an old drug to restore cell…

Drug treatment corrects autism symptoms in mouse model : suramin

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego An old drug gives hope for new treatment in autism Autism results from abnormal cell communication. Testing a new theory, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used a newly discovered function of an old drug to restore cell…