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Blocking nerve cells could halt symptoms of eczema

Blocking nerve cells could halt symptoms of eczema October 3, 2013:

New research on the chronic, itchy skin condition called eczema, which often progresses to asthma and allergies, could lead to new therapies. Diana Bautista and her colleagues have discovered that itch-sensitive nerves in the skin play a key role in responding to itch-producing chemicals, and have found evidence that blocking these nerves can help alleviate symptoms.

Patricia Buffler, renowned childhood cancer researcher, dies at 75

Patricia Buffler, renowned childhood cancer researcher, dies at 75 September 30, 2013:

Patricia Buffler, an internationally esteemed researcher known for her work on some of the world’s largest studies in childhood leukemia and environmental health, and a former dean at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, died of a stroke Thursday evening, Sept. 26. She was 75.

Clot-dissolving bubbles to treat strokes?

Clot-dissolving bubbles to treat strokes? September 24, 2013:

Researchers from UC Berkeley and UC San Deigo have used computer simulations to show how ultrasound and tiny bubbles injected into the bloodstream can break up blood clots, limiting the damage caused by a stroke. The treatment was tested using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Faculty, staff invited to take survey on student mental health

Faculty, staff invited to take survey on student mental health September 24, 2013:

UC Berkeley faculty and staff are invited to participate in a survey regarding student mental health and well-being.