New marker found for Sanfilippo disease

Sanfilippo disease is a rare disorder caused by the failure of enzymes to break down specific kinds of complex carbohydrates, resulting in their accumulation in cells and often severe physical and neurological problems — and sometimes early de…

Higher vitamin D intake needed to reduce cancer risk

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have reported that markedly higher intake of vitamin D is needed to reach blood levels that can prevent or markedly cut th…

The hitch in the drug? The itch in the drug

Scratching deep beneath the surface, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and three South Korean institutions have identified two distinct neuronal signaling pathways activated by a topical cream used…

Learning causes structural changes in affected neurons

When a laboratory rat learns how to reach for and grab a food pellet — a pretty complex and unnatural act for a rodent — the acquired knowledge significantly alters the structure of the specific brain cells involved, which sprout a whopping …

UC San Diego engineers play role in warehouse fire safety

Imagine this: Firefighters enter a several football field-sized, 60-foot high, pitch-black warehouse and they can’t see inside — they don’t know if there is an inferno or a small fire with a lot of smoke. It’s a very dangerous situation, making …

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