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  • Graying but Grinning: Despite Physical Ailments, Older Adults Happier

    While even the best wines eventually peak and turn to vinegar, a new study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests a paradoxical trend in the mental health of aging adults: They seem to consistently get better over time.

  • MRI Technology Quantifies Liver Response in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Patients

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that non-invasively measures fat density in the liver corresponds with histological (microscopic tissue analyses) responses in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis…

  • Neurodevelopmental Model of Williams Syndrome Offers Insight into Human Social Brain

    In a study spanning molecular genetics, stem cells and the sciences of both brain and behavior, researchers at University of California San Diego, with colleagues at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and elsewhere, have created a neurodevelopmental model of a rare genetic disorder that may provide…

  • Program Providing UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholars with Academic Career Training Renewed

    In recognition of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program at the University of California San Diego, which provides mentored training to postdocs in biomedical sciences, the National Institutes of Health has renewed its grant funding, lengthened the term and…

  • Mini-brain Model of Idiopathic Autism Reveals Underlying Pathology of Neuronal Overgrowth

    The majority of cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unknown. In a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the nation and world, have created a “mini-brain” model, derived…

  • Sac to the Future: Cellular Vessels Predict Likelihood of Developing Dementia

    Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say tiny micro-vesicle structures used by neurons and other cells to transport materials internally or dispose of them externally carry tell-tale proteins that may help to predict the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) developing…

  • Disjointed: Cell Differences May Explain Why Rheumatoid Arthritis Varies By Location

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Pennsylvania and China, report that not only are there distinct differences in key cellular processes and molecular signatures between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) but, more surprisingly,…

  • New Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health Debuts at UC San Diego

    The University of California San Diego School of Medicine has launched the Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health (IDMH), a new cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats.

  • How Decriminalizing Drugs Might Affect the Spread of HIV in Tijuana

    If the war on drugs were one of his businesses, said Sir Richard Branson, the renowned British magnate, philanthropist and activist, it would have been shut down within a year. “It hasn’t worked at all, ever, but governments continue to ignore the facts, creating untold misery. Drug use isn’t a…