Of Mice, Not Men

LA JOLLA–For more than a century, the laboratory mouse (Mus musculus) has stood in for humans in experiments ranging from deciphering disease and brain function to explaining social behaviors and the nature of obesity. The small rodent has proven to be an indispensable biological tool, the basis for decades of profound scientific discovery and medical […]

The Dirty Side Of Soap

Triclosan is an antimicrobial additive found in many liquid hand soaps and other household products.

(Newswise)–Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. The study, published Nov. 17 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that triclosan […]

Laundry Detergent Pods A Serious Poisoning Risk For Children

(Newswise)–Laundry detergent pods began appearing on U.S. store shelves in early 2012, and people have used them in growing numbers ever since. The small packets can be tossed into a washing machine without ever having to measure out a liquid or powder. The convenience, though, has come with risks for young children. A new study […]

UC San Diego Health Sciences Names New Dean Of Clinical Affairs, CEO For Faculty Practice

Thomas Moore, MD, dean of Clinical Affairs, UC San Diego Health Sciences

LA JOLLA–Thomas Moore, MD has been named dean of Clinical Affairs and CEO for Faculty Practice at UC San Diego Health Sciences. In this role, Moore will provide leadership of UC San Diego Medical Group as chair of the Board of Governors and will work closely with Health Sciences clinical department chairs and chief administrative […]

You Might Be Allergic To Penicillin. Then Again, You Might Not

ATLANTA–(Newswise)–Many people have been told, incorrectly, that they’re allergic to penicillin, but have not had allergy testing. These people are often given alternative antibiotics prior to surgery to ward off infection. But when antibiotic choices are limited due to resistance, treatment alternatives may be more toxic, more expensive and less effective. According to two studies […]

Radiation Exposure Linked To Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

(Newswise)–For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of nearly 12,000 people in Belarus who were exposed when they were children or adolescents to fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Researchers examined thyroid cancers […]

I Have To Walk How Many Miles To Burn Off This Soda?

(Newswise)–Adolescents who saw printed signs explaining the number of miles they would need to walk to burn off the calories in a sugary drink were more likely to leave the store with a lower calorie beverage, a healthier beverage or a smaller size beverage, according to new Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health […]

New Study Finds Heart Attacks Do Not Have Strong Genetic Link As Previously Suspected

(Newswise)–Heart attacks are not as connected to family history and genetics as may have been previously believed, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. These new findings may help those with a family history of coronary disease and those diagnosed with narrow coronaries realize […]

Medical Staff Suit Up For Palomar Medical Center Decontamination Drill

Medical staff participate in a decontamination drill.

ESCONDIDO—Palomar Medical Center in Escondido conducted a decontamination drill outside the center on Friday and Saturday. Approximately 40 medical staff members from Palomar and other North County medical centers donned full hazmat suits to train in the annual 16-hour decontamination drill. The training prepares and educates the staff in proper disaster preparedness in emergency rooms […]

Will My Child Get Ebola?

Newswise–For many months, the world has witnessed the Ebola virus spread and claim more than 4,400 lives in West African countries. On Oct. 8, the first confirmed adult Ebola patient identified in the United States died. The constant news coverage has heightened concern among parents who fear their children will become infected. Jill Hoffman, MD, […]