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“The very long term goals are to accelerate the development of novel treatments and preventative medicines that can be used to assist with malaria eradication and elimination, and which can serve as replacements for current drugs that are losing efficacy,” said Elizabeth Winzeler, PhD, professor of pharmacology and drug discovery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and the grant’s lead scientist.
+Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation #malaria

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial scourge that is resistant to most common antibiotics and thus difficult to treat, particularly in children where it commonly causes complicated skin and skin structure infections. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial — the first of its kind — a multi-institution research team reports that daptomycin, part of a new class of antibiotics currently approved only for use in adults, is effective and well-tolerated in children.
#mrsa #antiobioticresistance #infectiousdiseases #pediatrics

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Analyzing Copies of Genes Offers New Treatment Possibilities for Ovarian Cancer: A team of 18 University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics — an alteration that results in the loss or gain in a copy of a gene. This change, known as somatic copy-number alterations, may be key to disease progression and might offer new therapeutic approaches for ovarian cancer and other malignancies: go.ucsd.edu/2kKcCua #ovariancancer #womenshealth #cancerresearch #medicine

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“Throughout her impressive career, Sandra Horning has been an unwavering champion of personalized therapies and shifting the focus from treatment of cancer to a more holistic approach of treating the patient as an individual, mindful of his or her family and anticipating survivorship issues, such as fertility, secondary malignancies, cardiopulmonary and endocrine side-effects and more,” said Ida Deichaite, PhD, director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center’s Office of Industry Relations and an organizer of the symposium.
#cancerresearch #rothaward #genetech #roche


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The Cancer Cell Map Initiative, a collaboration between +University of California San Diego and UCSF, was selected as one of the five winners of the +Roddenberry Foundation Prize, given in celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary to identify bold innovations working to address global problems: bit.ly/TRFPrizeWinners #startrek #generoddenberry #boldlybetter
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Think you have an idea that will change health care but need the means to bring your innovation to fruition? Register for UC Health Hack, a two-day interdisciplinary hackathon that will bring students, physicians, researchers, industry professionals and community members together to grapple with integrative medicine and global health issues in a fast-paced competition: go.ucsd.edu/2k9qVr9 #hackathon #innovation #incubator #healthtech

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“This is the first successful analysis of whole genome sequence from a family that revealed a new gene implicated in KD susceptibility,” said senior author Jane C. Burns, MD, professor and director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego School of Medicine and +Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego. “The finding is intriguing because this gene, a member of the Toll-like receptor family, encodes for a protein that is expressed on the cell surface and uniquely binds to proteins outside the cell that come from fungi. This may be a clue that fungal antigens could be one environmental trigger for the disease.”
#kawasakidisease #cardiology #pediatrics #genetics

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“We are thrilled to partner with the +San Diego Padres and look forward to providing them with the expertise in the key components of elite athlete care and fitness that we’ve honed over 50 years of caring for all athletes,” said Patty Maysent, CEO of UC San Diego Health. “What we will bring to the game is a combination of clinical care, research and innovation, designed to help the players compete at their best and be their healthiest.”
#sportsmedicine #baseball #orthopedics #health


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Sandra Horning, chief medical officer and executive vice president of global development for the pharmaceutical giant Roche/Genentech, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Duane Roth Memorial Award, which will be presented February 16 at the annual Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.
#cancerresearch #awards #medicine

Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable populations for scald injuries. In honor of National Burn Awareness Week (Feb 5-11), our Burn Center staff at UC San Diego Health and the +American Burn Association want to remind you about simple steps you can take in your home, like avoiding the use of tablecloths and place mats to prevent life-threatening injuries. Learn more safety tips and about our region’s only adult and pediatric Burn Center: https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/burn-center/
#burnawareness #nationalburnawareness #trauma
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