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Vitamin D Shown to Cut Cancer Risk

Taking 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D 3 daily appears to lower an individual's risk of developing certain cancers - including colon, breast, and ovarian cancer - by up to 50 percent, according to cancer prevention specialists at the Moores Cancer Center at the UCSD Medical Center. The researchers call for prompt public health action to increase intake of vitamin D 3 as an inexpensive tool for prevention of diseases that claim millions of lives each year. More
Team Discovers Diabetes Trigger in Fatty Diet
Researchers have found that a single gene encoding the enzyme GnT-4a glycosyltransferase (GnT-4a) is key to enabling the pancreatic beta cells to sense blood glucose levels and appropriately produce insulin. They have further demonstrated in mice that this enzyme is suppressed by a high-fat diet. Without enough GnT-4a enzyme, pancreatic beta cell failure occurs, resulting in type 2 diabetes. More
Laser Technique Sheds Light on Strokes
A new technique that precisely creates and images blood clots in the brain in real time could make it possible to understand the small strokes implicated in many forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. More
Cancer Researchers Describe Gene
that Halts Spread of Aggressive Childhood Cancer

A team of cancer researchers has shown that a gene commonly lost during neuroblastoma tumor formation, one of the most aggressive cancers in babies and children, is in fact a "metastasis suppressor" gene. The researchers, from the Moores Cancer Center at the UCSD Medical Center and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, also describe how the gene, caspase 8, works. More
Global Warming Can Trigger Extreme Ocean,
Climate Changes, Scripps-led Study Reveals

New research produced by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography helps illustrate how global warming caused by greenhouse gases can quickly disrupt ocean processes and lead to drastic climatological, biological and other important changes around the world. Although the events described in the research unfolded millions of years ago and spanned thousands of years, the researchers say the findings provide clues to help better understand the long-term impacts of today's human-influenced climate warming. More
President of India Launches
Historic Indo-U.S. University Network

The government of India and universities from the United States and India have inaugurated an ambitious E-learning collaboration to enhance science and engineering education at Indian universities and to boost the supply of world-class engineers available for corporate and academic research in both countries. More
New Director Takes Over
Center for Networked Systems

One of the youngest research centers on the UCSD campus has a new leader. Amin Vahdat, a professor of engineering, becomes only the second director of the Center for Networked Systems since it was established in July 2004. More
New Confabulation Neuroscience Laboratory Opens
One of the nation's leading neuroscientists has established a laboratory at UCSD to explore and expand upon a radical new theory to explain how humans think. The theory's author, Robert Hecht-Nielsen, leads the new Confabulation Neuroscience Laboratory, located at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). More
Renowned Neurobiologist Theodore Bullock Dies
Professor Emeritus Theodore Bullock, a renowned neurobiologist who was affiliated with UCSD for nearly four decades, died on December 19 in La Jolla. He was 90. He remained active until the day of his death, when he experienced breathing problems and had died by the time he was taken to Thornton Hospital. More
Internationally Recognized Cell Biologist at UCSD Dies
John W. Newport, an internationally recognized cell biologist and a professor of biology died of pancreatic cancer on December 26 in Del Mar. He was 54. More
Professor of Medicine Emeritus Elizabeth Ziegler Dies
Dr. Elizabeth Ziegler, professor of Medicine Emeritus at the UCSD School of Medicine, died at The Springs Rehabilitation Facility of Pacific Regents on January 2, following complications of diabetes. She was 63. More
Stem Cells: Sizing Up 'SCNT'
How Much, How Soon?
Los Angeles Times
Is it OK to Listen to TV, Music, or Tapes While Falling Asleep?
Boston Globe
Q&A: Eugenio Elorduy Walther;
Governor of Baja California
San Diego Union-Tribune
Book Covers Plague, Mayans and Mysticism
San Diego Union-Tribune
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Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (Urban and Industrial Environments
by David Naguib Pellow

For almost 30 years, the environmental justice movement (EJM) has challenged the environmental and health inequities that are often linked with social inequities, calling attention to the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by low-income and minority communities. The successes of the movement have been celebrated, and the EJM's impact on the direction of environmental policy, research, and activism is widely acknowledged. But the literature on environmental justice lacks a real assessment of the movement's effectiveness. More

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