Hacking Fat Cells’ Metabolism Does Not Affect Insulin Resistance

An image of brown fat, with fat cells shown in green, other cells in red and cells’ nuclei in blue. Credit: Eric Balzer

(Newswise)–In the race to find a safe and effective weight loss drug, much attention has focused on the chemical processes that store and use energy. But a new mouse study from Johns Hopkins suggests that tweaking these processes, even in a targeted way that affects only fat cells, may not yield a silver-bullet obesity cure. […]

Study IDs Two Genes That Boost Risk For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

(Newswise)–Why do some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others who suffered the same ordeal do not? A new UCLA discovery may shed light on the answer. UCLA scientists have linked two gene variants to the debilitating mental disorder, suggesting that heredity influences a person’s risk of developing PTSD. Published in the February 2015 […]

State Adopts County Guidelines To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse


SAN DIEGO–A strategy started locally to prevent prescription drug abuse by restricting painkiller use in emergency rooms is catching on across the state. The California Department of Public Health is working with other state agencies to adopt guidelines based on the Safe Prescribing Guidelines in Emergency Departments, which was developed by health officials and medical […]

Fat Isn’t All Bad: Skin Adipocytes Help Protect Against Infections

(Newswise)–When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in the January 2 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us […]

Sugar Molecule Links Red Meat Consumption And Elevated Cancer Risk In Mice


(Newswise)–While people who eat a lot of red meat are known to be at higher risk for certain cancers, other carnivores are not, prompting researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to investigate the possible tumor-forming role of a sugar called Neu5Gc, which is naturally found in most mammals but not […]

Palomar Health Selects New Board Of Directors

Palomar Health Board of Directors.

SAN DIEGO–Palomar Health welcomes three new and one returning board member to the seven-member board of directors. Hans Christian Sison, LVN, Ray McCune, RN, Dara Czerwonka, MSW, and re-elected board member Jerry Kaufman, MA, PT, were elected to the four open seats. They join Linda Greer, RN, Jeff Griffith, EMT-P, and Aeron Wickes, M.D., who […]

Hot Flashes Linked To Increased Risk Of Hip Fracture

(Newswise)–Washington, DC–Women who experience moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause tend to have lower bone mineral density and higher rates of hip fracture than peers who do not have menopausal symptoms, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Menopause is the life […]

Meth Users Face Substantially Higher Risk For Parkinson’s Disease

SALT LAKE CITY–(Newswise)–In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson’s disease than non-illicit drug users, new research from the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare shows. The researchers also observed that women who use methamphetamine may be […]

Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive To Sugar

LA JOLLA–A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. Published online in International Journal of Obesity, the study does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and overeating but it does support the […]

Obese Children Burdened By More Than Weight

(Newswise)–High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine sought to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in children with NAFLD, which places them at risk for premature […]