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When Hannah lost Hammy, her stuffed cow, our PR team came to the rescue. Watch Hannah meet Diego,  her new spotted companion who got to see the sights of San Diego before meeting his new friend.
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Do These Genes Make Me Lonely? Study Finds Loneliness is a Heritable Trait: Loneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health, and is an even more accurate predictor of early death than obesity. To better understand who is at risk, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted the first genome-wide association study for loneliness — as a life-long trait, not a temporary state. They discovered that risk for feeling lonely is partially due to genetics, but environment plays a bigger role. Read more here: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-09-20-loneliness-a-heritable-trait.aspx
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A big "thank you!" to all of our team members - including heart transplant and LVAD patients - for participating in this year's Heart Walk. UC San Diego Health is a proud sponsor of the +American Heart Association  and this year, thanks to you, we raised $25,000!
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A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University looks at traffic accidents linked to Pokémon GO. By analyzing tweets posted between July 10 and 19, 2016, researchers determined whether a driver was playing the game, a passenger was playing, or a pedestrian was playing and interacting with traffic.
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Pokémon NO? Experts weigh in on playing popular game while driving The launch of Pokémon GO, an augmented mobile reality game, earlier this year took the world by storm. People have raved about it,...
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“Science has devoted tremendous amounts of energy and resources to the treatment of cancer, and in recent years, there has been significant progress. The cancer death rate has steadily declined for more than two decades,” said Scott M. Lippman, MD, director of Moores Cancer Center and co-senior author of the PNAS paper. “But cancer still kills more than half a million Americans each year and afflicts many millions more. If we’re ever to eradicate this scourge, we must work to prevent it from occurring altogether.”
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When 28 distinguished individuals, including María Elena Martínez, PhD, Sam M. Walton Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and co-lead of the Moores Cancer Center’s Reducing Cancer Disparities research program, convened earlier this year to help shape the scientific mission at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, they were given five months to draft guidelines to accelerate cancer research, prevention and care. On Wednesday, the National Cancer Advisory Board approved the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 10 recommendations: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-09-07-cancer-moonshot-blue-ribbon-panel-recommendations.aspx
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A three-part series published in The Lancet and released in conjunction with the United Nations quantifies health gains achieved if cities were designed so that shops, facilities, work and public transportation were within walking distance of most residents. In part three of the series published Sept. 23, 2016, researchers tackle how to implement timely research into city design, planning and policy to improve the health of a city’s residents.
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While developing a clinical trial for hematologic malignancies, Matthew Wieduwilt, MD, PhD, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, was working with two other UC campuses but needed at least one more to join the effort to recruit enough candidates. That’s when the idea of the Hematologic Malignancies Consortium developed, a first-of-its-kind research group that brings together the five UC health campuses conducting clinical studies for cancer patients. The consortium currently has four additional clinical trials planned for 2017. Read more here: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-09-20-hematologic-malignancies-symposium.aspx
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In episode 8, we heard from rock star Rikki Rockett about his experience with cancer and immunotherapy. Here, we go deeper on this leading-edge approach, which fights cancer by boosting a patient’s own immune system. Sandip Patel, MD, the Moores Cancer Center oncologist who runs Rikki’s clinical trial, shares why he’s excited about immunotherapy and the challenges to providing these therapies to more patients.
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n=9 Cancer immunotherapy part 2: On the cusp of something great by UC San Diego Health
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Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have identified a strategy to maximize the effectiveness of anti-cancer immune therapy. The researchers identified  a molecular switch that controls immune suppression, opening the possibility to further improving and refining emerging immunotherapies that boost the body’s own abilities to fight diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s and Crohn’s disease. Read more here: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-09-19-molecular-switch-controlling-immune-supression-may-turn-up-immunotherapies.aspx
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Six-Day Clinical Trial Finds Integrative Medicine Program Alters Blood Serum: Meditation, yoga and vegetarian diet linked to decline in plasma metabolites associated with inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk

In a novel controlled clinical trial, participants in a six-day Ayurvedic-based well-being program that featured a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga and massages experienced measurable decreases in a set of blood-based metabolites associated with inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol regulation. Read more: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-09-09-integrative-medicine-clinical-trial-alters-blood-serum.aspx
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“Our experimental design provides an invaluable system for studying important cellular and molecular events underlying Huntington’s disease,” said first author Xiaobei Zhao, PhD, a post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
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UC San Diego Health is widely recognized as one of the premier health care systems in the United States. We’re the only academic health system in San Diego. It’s the one place that can offer you and your family medical treatments not available elsewhere in the region. And we don’t just treat disease – we treat you.

UC San Diego Health is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report, and number 1 in San Diego in the magazine’s first-ever metro rankings in 2011. We were honored as one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters in 2010.

Our physicians – who number more than 850 – are acknowledged as leaders in their fields of medicine and surgery. In 2014 UC San Diego had 110 physicians in 40 specialties named “Top Docs” by members of the San Diego County Medical Society as the best physicians in the region.

UC San Diego Health is part of University of California, San Diego Health Sciences. In just over four decades, we have gained international recognition as the one place where discoveries are delivered – bringing breakthroughs from the research laboratory bench to our patients’ bedsides.

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