Cell Phone Notifications May Be Driving You To Distraction

Tallahassee, FL–(Newswise)–Whether you are alerted to an incoming phone call or text by a trendy ringtone, an alarm bell or a quiet vibration, just receiving a notification on your cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to impair your ability to focus on a given task, according to a new Florida State University study. […]

Diabetes Complications Linked To Rising Risk Of Dementia

WASHINGTON–(Newswise)–People who have diabetes and experience high rates of complications are more likely to develop dementia as they age than people who have fewer diabetic complications, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. An individual develops diabetes when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough of the hormone […]

Extra Heartbeats Could Be Modifiable Risk Factor For Congestive Heart Failure

(Newswise)–Common extra heartbeats known as premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) may be a modifiable risk factor for congestive heart failure (CHF) and death, according to researchers at UC San Francisco. The study, which is in the July 14 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), is based on more than a decade […]

Normal Use of Headphones Unlikely To Interfere With Settings Of Magnetically Programmable Shunt Valves

(Newswise)–Researchers at Brown University examined three magnetically programmable shunt valves to see if the magnetic field emissions of headphones can cause unintentional changes in shunt valve settings. Based on their findings, the researchers state that it is highly unlikely that commercially available headphones will interfere with programmable shunt valve settings. Full details of this study […]

Rady Children’s Gender Management Clinic Named Gay Men’s Chorus Outreach Partner‏

SAN DIEGO–The Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Gender Management (GeM) Clinic has been named the 2015 San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) summer concert series Outreach Partner. The Chorus is celebrating its 30th anniversary with “Imagine—The Music of Lennon and McCartney” on July 25 and 26 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. Since opening in […]

Two UC San Diego Researchers To Lead Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study

William Mobley, MD, PhD, and Michael Rafii, MD, PhD, named interim co-directors of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study.

LA JOLLA–Two of the nation’s leading physician-scientists in the search to better understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease – William Mobley, MD, PhD, and Michael Rafii, MD, PhD – have been named interim co-directors of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a major initiative formed in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on […]

Hormone Fluctuations Disrupt Sleep Of Perimenopausal Women

WASHINGTON–(Newswise)–Women in the early phases of menopause are more likely to have trouble sleeping during certain points in the menstrual cycle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. During perimenopause – the earliest stage of the menopausal transition – women may have irregular menstrual cycles due […]

New Sleep Genes Found

(Newswise)–Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well, but some people seem to need a lot less sleep. The difference is largely due to genetic variability. In research published online June 18 in Current Biology, researchers report that two genes, originally known for their regulation of cell division, […]

New Biomarker Identified In Women With Mental Illness

LA JOLLA–Psychiatric disorders can be difficult to diagnose because clinicians must rely upon interpreted clues, such as a patient’s behaviors and feelings. For the first time, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report identifying a biological marker: the over-production of specific genes that could be a diagnostic indicator of mental illness […]

Palomar Health Board Directors To Consider Transitioning Health Care Services

SAN DIEGO–To continue providing high-quality patient care in the communities it serves, the Palomar Health board of directors is considering the shift of services from the Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway. A special board meeting to consider the recommendation from the leadership team is […]