Health & medicine archive

Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data

Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data December 19, 2014:

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a computational framework for standardizing neuroscience data to assist data sharing among neuroscientists worldwide, much as the jpeg and TIFF standards have made sharing digital images easy. The researchers are part of the UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and UCSF partnership called BRAINSeed.

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students December 10, 2014:

Three UC Berkeley students are among 54 fellows announced Dec. 9 by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, launched earlier this year to address food security, health and sustainability issues.

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision December 8, 2014:

A new genetic therapy developed by UC Berkeley scientists has not only helped blind mice regain light sensitivity sufficient to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting the stage for future clinical trials of the therapy in humans. The therapy involves inserting photoswitches into retinal cells that are normally “blind.”

Project uses tech to help boost vaccination rates in India

Project uses tech to help boost vaccination rates in India December 2, 2014:

As part of a project called Emmunify, students at UC Berkeley are simplifying medical record-keeping by storing patient vaccination records on a portable chip. The goal of the project is to make it easier for healthcare providers to access patient records without the need for Internet access, and ultimately to boost vaccination rates in developing nations.

Greater income inequality linked to more deaths for black Americans

Greater income inequality linked to more deaths for black Americans December 1, 2014:

Income inequality matters for everyone, but it matters differently for different groups of people, conclude the authors of a new UC Berkeley study. Researchers linked greater gaps in wealth to more deaths among black Americans, but fewer deaths among white Americans.

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.