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In the media: Week of Jan. 8

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

UC system to ban smoking, chewing tobacco, Contra Costa Times

The University of California will ban smoking and chewing tobacco on all 10 campuses within two years, President Mark Yudof told campus chancellors this week.

See additional coverage: Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS 13 (video)

Marijuana study a boost for supporters, San Francisco Chronicle

A new UCSF study on the effects of marijuana smoke should relieve one of the primary concerns about its medical use. The study of 5,115 men and women over two decades concluded that marijuana smokers did not suffer the level of lung damage experienced by tobacco smokers.

See additional coverage :The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, NPR, KQED, CBS 5 (video)

Cancer treatment: Are personalized molecular profiles in our future? (video), PBS NewsHour

This report on the war on cancer includes this story that features cancer research at UC Davis. Additional coverage mentions efforts to treat pediatric cancer at UC Davis and by the Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, including the Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA. A slideshow features comments by UC Davis’ Ralph deVere White and UCSF’s Elizabeth Blackburn.

Letters: Context missing from UCI salary report, The Orange County Register

Cathy Lawhon, Media Relations Director, UC Irvine: Scott Martindale’s report on the University of California and UC Irvine salaries [“Top-heavy UC may leave middle class shut out,” Jan. 8] demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding about the funding structure and role of the UC system on so many fronts, it’s difficult to know where to begin. But allow me to try: He cites students’ concerns that rising tuition is paying for a “sprawling bureaucracy of hospitals.” In truth, no student fees support UC Irvine Medical Center, which plays a crucial part in the academic function for UCI’s medical students and the research function for its physicians/faculty.  Another Orange County Register story addressed a bill that seeks to limit pay hikes for CSU, UC executives.

Review of NIH grants in 2011 shows top five recipients same as last year’s, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Johns Hopkins University was the leading recipient of NIH grants and UC San Francisco was second.

UCSF, Sanofi launch $3.1M pilot diabetes drug project, San Francisco Business Times

UCSF and drug maker Sanofi will work together in a $3.1 million pilot project to identify drug targets both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is the third to come out of a master agreement in January 2011 between the French company and UCSF.

Iron builds a better brain, The Scientist

This article reports on a study led by Paul S. Thompson, professor-in-residence of neurology and a member of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, showing that even in healthy young adults, slight deficiencies in the body’s iron levels can result in changes in brain structure. Thompson and Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, are quoted.

Endorphin study may help refine alcohol treatment, San Francisco Chronicle

It’s no big secret that alcohol makes most people feel pretty good, but scientists at UCSF and UC Berkeley have for the first time found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins in the brain – and that heavy drinkers are especially influenced by those endorphins.

Multi-million dollar gratitude project seeks researchers, Berkeley Patch

Offering a “thank you” to a friend or family member may be more powerful than you think. Scientists claim being grateful can chase away the blues, bring more joy into your life and even help lower high blood pressure. That’s why UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Center is undertaking a five-year project to measure the effect being grateful has on adults and children. The center is offering research grants and awards to those who will study the subject.

UC Davis study examines keys to lower patient death rates, The Sacramento Bee

Three key components of primary health care lead to lower rates of death in adult patients, according to new research released by the UC Davis Medical Center.

Open source surgery, a robot called Raven takes flight, MedGadget

A multidisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Washington and the University of California, Santa Cruz have developed a surgical robot, called Raven 2, for use as an open source surgical robotics research platform. Seven units of the Raven 2 will be made available to researchers at Harvard , Johns Hopkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, while the remaining two systems will remain at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Washington.

Frequent eating tied to less weight gain in girls: study, Reuters

Girls who ate frequent meals and snacks put on less weight and gained less on their waistlines over a decade than those who only ate a couple of times a day, according to a UC Berkeley study.

My word: Time to treat child poverty as a public health disaster, Oakland Tribune

Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, writes that research conducted over the past 30 years provides convincing evidence that children raised in poverty are likely to experience a range of significant health and developmental hazards.



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