Health & medicine archive

Diana Bautista receives Young Investigator Award from neuroscience society

Diana Bautista receives Young Investigator Award from neuroscience society November 17, 2014:

The Society for Neuroscience presented a Young Investigator Award to Diana Bautista, UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology, at its annual meeting Nov. 17 in Washington, DC. The $15,000 award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by young neuroscientists who have recently received advanced professional degree.

Helping parents navigate the ‘New Puberty’ for today’s girls

Helping parents navigate the ‘New Puberty’ for today’s girls November 6, 2014:

What happens when a girl has the mind of an 8-year-old and the body of a 13-year-old? Girls today are developing faster and entering puberty earlier than ever before. Julianna Deardorff, a UC Berkeley expert in adolescent health and co-author of The New Puberty, discusses this trend, and how parents can deal with it.

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths October 28, 2014:

A new study by researchers from UC Berkeley and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has linked arsenic to a 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths among people inadvertently exposed to high levels of the contaminant in their drinking water,

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public October 27, 2014:

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, the 29-year-old UC Berkeley psychology graduate has uprooted her life in the Bay Area and moved to Oregon so that when her symptoms grow intolerable, she can legally swallow a lethal dose of medication. Her story is in California Magazine.

How do chemicals affect breast-cancer risk?

How do chemicals affect breast-cancer risk? October 23, 2014:

Improved testing of the multitude of chemicals we encounter daily will help us understand if and how these exposures contribute to development of breast cancer, says Megan Schwarzman, a research scientist at the School of Public Health’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. She and two coauthors offer commentary in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC benefits begins Oct. 30

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC benefits begins Oct. 30 October 22, 2014:

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC health and welfare benefits begins Thursday, Oct. 30. The campus’s Human Resources unit will offer informational sessions for faculty, staff, emeriti and retirees; an article from UC details plan offerings.

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs October 21, 2014:

The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring when it comes to lowering the cost of patient care, according to a new study. Researchers find that patient costs are significantly higher in hospital-owned physician groups compared with physician-owned groups.

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine October 21, 2014:

Nobelist Randy Schekman, a UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology, has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest national honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet October 8, 2014:

Fad diets come and go, but might there be something to the ones that involve consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice? New research found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained less weight when they drank grapefruit juice instead of water.

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture October 7, 2014:

Environment, Health and Safety is distributing lab coats and other personal-protective equipment to new lab researchers and staff Oct. 7 and 8 at the foot of the Campanile.

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus with video

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus October 6, 2014:

Dr. Arthur Reingold, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, answers some common questions about the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty October 6, 2014:

A new generation of development engineers, “dedicated to using engineering and technology to improve the lot of the world’s poorest people,” is emerging around the world, write Shankar Sastry and Lina Nilsson of UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, in a Washington Post opinion piece.

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy October 2, 2014:

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has upped its support of data-driven science at UC Berkeley by awarding three professors $1.5 million each over five years to pursue big-data projects in ecology, astronomy and microscopy. The faculty members – Laura Waller, Joshua Bloom and Laurel Larsen – were named Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery.

What are the health effects of fitness ‘deconditioning’?

What are the health effects of fitness ‘deconditioning’? September 24, 2014:

What happens to your fitness if you’re not able to follow your usual exercise regimen to the max? Berkeley Wellness newsletter reports the latest findings on deconditioning.

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29 September 24, 2014:

Just in time for flu season, University Health Service is launching its fall flu-shot clinics. Get immunized at Tang on Sept. 29 or any of five more clinics scheduled through early December. No appointment necessary.

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein September 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers have found that the human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their brain retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia.