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  1. Bacteria in the gut found to produce electricityRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 13 | Medical News

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered hundreds of bacterial species, including those in the human gut, that can generate electricity. While scientists already knew that bacteria in exotic environments such as mines and lakes can produce electricity, they had not known that bacteria such as the common diarrhea-causing Listeria monocytogenes are also electrogenic.

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  2. Over past 20 years, the percentage of children with ADHD nearly doublesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 31 | Medical News

    The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 years, according to a study released Friday. The rise was most pronounced in minority groups, suggesting that better access to health insurance and mental health treatment through the Affordable Care Act might have played some role in the increase.

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  3. Obesity increases viral shedding duration in adults with influenza ARead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 2, 2018 | Medical News

    Obesity, which increases influenza disease severity, also extends by about 1.5 days how long influenza A virus is shed from infected adults compared to non-obese adults, according to a multi-year study of two cohorts of Nicaraguan households. The findings implicate chronic inflammation caused by obesity as well as increasing age as reasons for extended viral shedding, which puts others at risk of infection.

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  4. For many college students, hunger can 'make it hard to focus in class'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2018 | Medical News

    As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students report that they were either not getting enough to eat or were worried about it, according to published studies .

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  5. Scientists find people's assumptions about DNA repair after CRISPR editing to be wrongRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2018 | Medical News

    Despite high hopes and high investment in CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, scientists still have a lot to learn about how it works in humans. In the latest example, University of California, Berkeley, scientists found that people's assumptions about how cells repair the genome after the Cas9 enzyme snips DNA are wrong.

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  6. Suspension of California's aid-in-dying law leaves sick patients in limboRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 5, 2018 | Medical News

    Dozens of terminally ill patients in California who counted on using the state's medical aid-in-dying law may be in limbo for a month after a court ruling that suspended the 2016 measure. A judge who ruled in May that the law was improperly enacted refused to vacate that decision at the request of advocates last week.

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  7. When is insurance not really insurance? When you need pricey dental care.Read the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | Medical News

    I'm 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with comprehensive health insurance. Yet, to afford the more than $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses required for the restorative dental work I've needed in the past 20 years, I've had to rely on handouts - from my mom.

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  8. 'A persistent puzzle': Californians embrace Medicaid - but food stamps? Not so much.Read the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2018 | Medical News

    Millions of low-income Californians eligible for food stamps are not receiving the benefit, earning the state one of the lowest rankings in the nation for its participation in the program. Just three states - all much more conservative than the Golden State - have lower rates of participation, according to the latest available federal data .

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  9. Telomerase discovery paves way for drugs to combat aging and cancerRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2018 | Medical News

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have published the first detailed image of the molecular structure of human telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes and extends the lifespan of a cell. Telomerase adds short regions of DNA called telomeres to the ends of chromosomes, which prevent the loss of genetic material during cellular replication.

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  10. New initiative launched to support goals of Human Cell AtlasRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2018 | Medical News

    Uri Laserson, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and collaborators have been awarded one of 85 grants announced today from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF , an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The CZI grants totaling $15 million over one year are dedicated to research projects aimed at building tools and technologies to support the goals of Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to map every type of cell in the human body as a resource for medical research.

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  11. Researchers use smartphone to diagnose people infected with Loa loa wormRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 19, 2018 | Medical News

    On the second floor of an infectious-disease research facility in this African capital, Dr. Joseph Kamgno, the country's leading expert on parasitic roundworms, stood at his desk staring down at the black hard-shelled case that had just arrived from a bioengineering lab at the University of California-Berkeley. The case contained what appeared to be three ordinary iPhones.

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  12. NIGMS-funded researcher finds new technique to track cell's movementRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2018 | Medical News

    Cells are the basis of the living world. Our cells make up the tissues and organs of our bodies.

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  13. California sues Sutter Health alleging excessive pricingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2018 | Medical News

    California's attorney general announced a lawsuit Friday against Sutter Health, alleging the hospital giant engaged in anticompetitive conduct that drove up prices for patients and employers in the state. The lawsuit marked a bold move by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra against the dominant health care system in Northern California as concerns mount nationally about consolidation among hospitals, insurers and other industry middlemen.

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  14. Dining out may boost levels of health-harming phthalates in the bodyRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2018 | Medical News

    Dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called phthalates in the body, according to a study out today. Phthalates, a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems.

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  15. Study shows that two different brain systems cooperate during learningRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2018 | Medical News

    The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , focused on the interplay of two very different modes of learning a new task: reinforcement learning and working memory. Reinforcement learning is an "under-the-hood" process in which people gradually learn which actions to take by processing rewards and punishments at the neural level, and then choosing the one that works best on average -- even if the person is not aware of it.

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  16. Cell phones should be kept away from the body warn California health officialsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2017 | Medical News

    Last week the California Department of Public Health issued a guideline that would help the public reduce the radiation exposure from cell phones. The guidelines clearly state that cell phones need to be kept away from the body.

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  17. Research reveals fundamental process used by immune system to recognize invading pathogensRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2017 | Medical News

    The body's homeland security unit is more thorough than any airport checkpoint. For the first time, scientists have witnessed a mouse immune system protein frisking a snippet of an invading bacterium.

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  18. LoaScope could be valuable approach in the fight against river blindnessRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 9, 2017 | Medical News

    River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm found primarily in Africa. The worm is transmitted to humans as immature larvae through bites of infected black flies.

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  19. Researchers identify new neuroprotective factor that holds potential to help people with glaucomaRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2017 | Medical News

    A research team led by scientists at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto has identified a new neuroprotective factor that has the potential to help people suffering from the common blinding disease glaucoma. "This discovery provides hope that we can devise a new strategy for protecting the vision of glaucoma patients," said principal investigator Dr. Jeremy Sivak, who holds the Glaucoma Research Chair at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute at UHN and is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto School of Medicine.

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  20. CRISPR-Gold corrects gene mutations in mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 3, 2017 | Medical News

    Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have engineered a new way to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology inside cells and have demonstrated in mice that the technology can repair the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle-wasting disease. A new study shows that a single injection of CRISPR-Gold, as the new delivery system is called, into mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy led to an 18-times-higher correction rate and a two-fold increase in a strength and agility test compared to control groups.

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