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  • Novel Drug Targeting Leukemia Cells Enters Clinical Trial

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a phase 1 human clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a new monoclonal antibody for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common form of blood cancer in adults.

  • Cancer and the Immune System: A Double-Edged Sword

    During cancer development, tumor cells decorate their surfaces with sugar compounds called glycans that are different from those found on normal, healthy cells. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that sialic acids at the tips of these cancer cell glycans…

  • In Rats and Men, Nicotine Withdrawal Casts Similar Pall

    In a set of novel experiments involving both humans and rats, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), University of Pittsburgh, Washington University and Harvard Medical School report that the brain’s response to reward – its ability…

  • Scientists Discover Neurochemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

    Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, San Diego have discovered that neurons from patients with schizophrenia secrete higher amounts of three neurotransmitters broadly implicated in a range…

  • Autism Early Detection Program Expands

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is now estimated to impact one in every 68 children born in the United States. A new 5-year, $5.1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) seeks expand a program developed by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine…

  • Local Bars and Restaurants Urge Pregnant Women Not to Drink

    To help get the word out that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix, volunteers with the Southern California affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (SoCal NOFAS) are handing out “Pregnant? Don’t Drink” coasters to San Diego area bars and restaurants on Tuesday, September 9th…

  • Enzyme Controlling Metastasis of Breast Cancer Identified

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified an enzyme that controls the spread of breast cancer. The findings, reported in the current issue of PNAS, offer hope for the leading cause of breast cancer mortality worldwide.

  • Fear, Safety and the Role of Sleep in Human PTSD

    The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Finding Keys to Glioblastoma Therapeutic Resistance

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found one of the keys to why certain glioblastomas – the primary form of a deadly brain cancer – are resistant to drug therapy. The answer lies not in the DNA sequence of the tumor, but in its epigenetic signature. These…