Category archives for: Health & Science

Ocean water off La Jolla coast being monitored for Fukushima radiation

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Though not a substantial threat, effects of Japanese nuclear disaster worth monitoring.

Who Says You’re Not Contagious? County News Service issues warning

We’ve all heard them. Your co-worker or classmate, sniffling and hacking up a storm. You ask, partly out of genuine concern, if maybe she (let’s say) shouldn’t be taking the day off. She turns puffy red eyes to you and croaks: “I’m not contagious.”

FRONTLINE CANCER: The medical truth about e-cigs and hookahs

Dr. Scott Lippman

The number of Americans who puff cigarettes is steadily shrinking, from a high of 45 percent in the mid-1950s to just 18 percent of adults in 2012. It’s a big reason why the overall cancer mortality rate is also in decline. That’s the good news. The bad news is the rising popularity of two alternatives — electronic cigarettes and hookahs — both of which may be just as bad for users’ health, and ultimately lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Two UCSD scientists to be honored by Obama with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Quyen Nguyen and Dr. Brian Head (Courtesy Photos)

Barack Obama has named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Two scientists affiliated with UC San Diego are included on that list: Dr. Quyen Nguyen and Dr. Brian Head.

26 new pertussis cases reported in San Diego county

Pertussis activity in the region remains high with 26 new cases confirmed last week, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting.

Galaxy Garden: Science artist says it’s time to plant new thoughts about the universe

Artwork by Jon Lonberg

People used to complain to the late great scientist of the cosmos, Carl Sagan, that they did not like astronomy because it was scary and made them feel small and insignificant in comparison with the grandeur of the universe.

FRONTLINE CANCER: Working to eliminate the cancer stem cells that sustain disease

Dr. Scott Lippman

Why do cancers recur when therapeutic evidence suggests they’ve been wiped out? The answer lies in a type of cancer cell with the powerful characteristic of normal stem cells – the ability to self-renew or regenerate.

Birch Aquarium in La Jolla to repair its largest exhibit

Kelp tank at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch’s kelp forest, which mimics Southern California’s diverse marine ecosystem, will be closed from Jan. 6 to Feb. 8.

New method enhances biofuel production

Marine algae.

Researchers have developed a method to genetically engineer a key growth component in marine algae to enhance its biofuel production.

Individual genome sequencing will become part of any treatment

Dr. Scott Lippman

Imagine trying to treat pneumonia with insulin. Pretty quickly, you’d decide that pneumonia is hard to treat or insulin isn’t much of a drug. Neither conclusion would be true, of course. Pneumonia is effectively treated with antibiotics. Biosynthetic insulin saves the lives of millions of diabetics daily.

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