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Creating a healthier world — one life at a time.
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The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unanimously approved this week two grants worth more than $2.2 million to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers investigating stem cell-based therapies for a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart and a chronic, progressive affliction of the lungs. #stemcelltherapy #CIRM #grants

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“When I first started, I could barely walk. I had to arrive 30 minutes early to get to class.” When Jerry Almazan was exhausted for an entire month, he thought he was getting over the flu. A visit to the emergency department, however, determined a very different diagnosis — Jerry had congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate. Jerry wore a life vest defibrillator to monitor his heart and entered the cardiac rehabilitation program at UC San Diego Health. Now, after finishing the nine week program, Jerry is off medication, no longer needs the life vest, can run on a treadmill and has dropped from 23 percent body fat to 13 percent. He has fully recovered from heart failure and is enjoying life with his wife and son. “Cardiac rehab saved my life. Going into it, I had my doubts. Now, I wish the program never had to end.” #cardiology #cardiacrehab #healthcare
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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition that often begins with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), making early and repeated assessments of cognitive change crucial to diagnosis and treatment. Researchers led by scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that repeated testing of middle-age men produced a “practice effect” which obscured true cognitive decline and delayed detection of MCI. #alzheimers #genetics #aging #cognitiveimpairment #neuroscience

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Through x-ray crystallography and kinase-inhibitor specificity profiling, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, in collaboration with researchers at Peking University and Zhejiang University, reveal that curcumin, a natural occurring chemical compound found in the spice turmeric, binds to the kinase enzyme dual-specificity tyrosine-regulated kinase 2 (DYRK2) at the atomic level. This previously unreported biochemical interaction of curcumin leads to inhibition of DYRK2 that impairs cell proliferation and reduces cancer burden. #cancer #nutrition #curcumin #turmeric

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Physicians at UC San Diego Health are now offering prostate artery embolization (PAE) as a new treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. The minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to surgery, with no hospital stay, little operative pain and lower cost. #radiology #urology #menshealth #benignprostatichyperplasia

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Perhaps surprising no one, researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego have found that the cost for the 10 medications in Medicare Part D — the U.S. federal government’s primary prescription drug benefit for older citizens — rose from an inflation-adjusted $21.5 billion in 2011 to $28.4 billion in 2015, a 32 percent increase. The number of persons using these drugs dropped by the same amount. Read more: go.ucsd.edu/2u3LMDa. #healthcare #Medicare #UCSD
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Emerging CAR-T immunotherapies leverage modified versions of patient’s T-cells to target and kill cancer cells. In a new study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of Minnesota report that similarly modified natural killer (NK) cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) also displayed heightened activity against a mouse model of ovarian cancer. #cancer #cancerresearch #immunotherapy #ovariancancer #naturalkillercells

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We're lighting UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest in rainbow colors for the month of July! Join us Monday, July 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. as we raise the Pride flag and light our building in rainbow colors in celebration of the LGBT community and health care equality. Performance by the +San Diego Women's Chorus and refreshments will be provided. Sign up for this free event at health.ucsd.edu/pridecelebration #pride2018 #lgbt #healthcareequality
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With microbial resistance to antibiotics growing into a major global health crisis, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with national research institutions and private industry, are leveraging hard-won expertise to exploit a natural viral enemy of pathogenic bacteria, creating North America’s first Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH). #bateriophages #infectiousdiseases #multidrugresistance #antibioticresistance
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Need to visit a UC San Diego Health Urgent Care? We now have an online tool that makes it easier! Introducing “Save My Spot,” which allows you to reserve an available time to arrive and see how many people are currently in line ahead of you. Once you save your spot, you'll receive text messages with appointment reminders and updates. So before you head out, remember to “Save My Spot” at health.ucsd.edu/specialties/emergency-services/pages/urgent-care #urgentcare #patientservices #patientexperience #customerservice
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