An easy way to solve loneliness

As people age, they are more prone to loneliness, which can take a huge physical toll. A UCLA study shows that meditation can reduce loneliness and strengthen the body's immune system

UC shares $93 million in stem cell grants

UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA received or shared new grants from the state's stem cell agency. This money will help speed up therapies for patients suffering from diseases, including Huntington's, osteoporosis, melanoma and spinal cord injury.

Revolutionary project will obtain entire genome sequences in fight against Alzheimer's

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging will organize, archive and disseminate the genomic data, providing scientists with further tools to investigate the devastating disease.

Resolving the riddle of why the zebra has stripes

A UCLA researcher received a grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration to investigate the genetic basis and adaptive significance of stripe pattern variation in zebra.

No link between medical marijuana outlets and crime, new study finds

A common perception, supported by law enforcement, that medical marijuana dispensaries boost the crime rate in areas where they're located may not be accurate, according to UCLA researchers.

As obesity rates rise, cases of kidney stones double

The number of Americans suffering from kidney stones has almost doubled since 1994, UCLA researchers report, and the obesity epidemic is the most likely reason why.

Military marriages stay strong in face of challenges

Despite being tested by long hours and frequent relocations and separations, military marriages are no more likely to end in divorce than civilian marriages, a UCLA study shows.

Game on! Researchers use online crowd-sourcing to diagnose malaria

UCLA researchers have created a crowd-sourced online gaming system in which players distinguish malaria-infected red blood cells from healthy ones by viewing digital images obtained from microscopes.

Which ads are winners? Your brain knows better than you do

Advertisers and public health officials may be able to access hidden wisdom in the brain to more effectively sell their products and promote health and safety, UCLA neuroscientists report in the first study to use brain data to predict how large populations will respond to advertisements.

'Time Machine' to study distant galaxies

A team of UCLA researchers are building an advanced scientific instrument unlike any other ever built before, with the aim to study some of the oldest galaxies in the universe.

Which plants will survive droughts, climate change?

New research by UCLA life scientists could lead to predictions of which plant species will escape extinction from climate change.

Engineers create cell phone-based sensor for detection of E. coli

UCLA researchers have developed a sensing platform that can detect the presence of the bacterium that causes a large number of hospitalizations and deaths every year.

Scientists sound alarm for state research funding

UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.

Iron intake in teen years can impact brain in later life

UCLA researchers found that in addition to causing cognitive problems, a lack of iron early in life can affect the brain's physical structure as well.

Tobacco companies knew of radiation in cigarettes

Tobacco companies knew that cigarettes contained a substance called polonium-210, but hid that knowledge from the public for over four decades, a UCLA study of historical documents revealed.

Tweens aim for fame above all

A UCLA study shows that kids between the ages of 9 to 11 see fame as their number one value. Researchers say a major shift is needed to avoid a negative impact on the future goals and successes of youth.

Embryonic blood vessels can do more

Stem cell researchers at UCLA have discovered that the thin layer of cells lining the interior of blood vessels can serve as a source for heart muscle cells, which one day may lead to a new way of treating heart attacks and repairing damaged cells.

Solar cells that produce electricity from windows

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that allows windows in buildings to generate electricity while still letting people be able to see outside.

Study uncovers new tools for targeting genes linked to autism

UCLA research could help scientists zero in on genes that offer future therapeutic targets for the disorder.

Why dissonant music can strike an emotional chord

The Screaming Marmots aren't a rock band, but shrieks of the large rodents are telling UCLA scientists something about the animal nature of some music.

People with rheumatoid arthritis feel better after 6 weeks of Iyengar-style yoga

Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a UCLA study shows.

Researchers develop new genetic method to pinpoint individuals' geographic origin

A UCLA and Tel Aviv University team designed an approach that allows researchers to infer the geographic origins of individuals, and even their parents, using only their genetic data.

Faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thirteen UC faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist.

Crowd-sourcing expands power of brain research

UCLA scientists are part of the largest collaborative study of the brain to date. Using imaging technology at more than 100 centers worldwide, they have for the first time zeroed in on genes play a role in intelligence and memory.

Initiative will test HIV prevention pill in California

The California HIV/AIDS Research Program of UC has awarded grants totaling $11.8 million to three teams of investigators to test a potential HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected people in California.

Engineering researchers use electricity to generate alternative fuel

A UCLA team has demonstrated for the first time a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity.

A new species in New York was croaking in plain sight

Genetic analysis to identify a new species of leopard frog was conducted in the UC Davis lab of H. Bradley Shaffer, who is now at UCLA.

Want to understand the fluid dynamics of the oceans and atmosphere?

A film created by UCLA physicists with film students and alumni is believed to be the first comprehensive elementary video on the topic.

Chinese herbal medicine may provide novel treatment for alcohol abuse

UCLA researchers have identified how a component of an ancient Chinese herbal anti-hangover medicine counteracts acute alcohol intoxication and withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment as prevention: How the new way to control HIV came to be

UCSF and UCLA researchers discuss keys to managing the disease for the foreseeable future. Using treatment as prevention in healthy people may be an important way to do that.

California won't slip back into recession, study predicts

The national economy is in far worse shape than it was just three months ago, but neither the U.S. nor California is expected to slip back into recession, according to UCLA researchers.

New device reduces seizures, no surgery required

An experimental device that delivers electrical pulses to the forehead can help control epileptic seizures, say UCLA scientists.

Global health fellows announced

The UC Global Health Institute announced new fellowship recipients from four UC campuses. Funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, fellows will conduct research in various parts of the world.

Recession's bite: nearly 4 million Californians struggled to put food on table during downturn

An estimated 3.8 million California adults, particularly those with children and low-income Latinos, could not afford to put adequate food on the table during the recent recession, according to a UCLA report.

Nine of 10 Californians under 65 will be covered under Affordable Care Act, finds study

Between 1.8 million and 2.7 million previously uninsured Californians will gain coverage by 2019, when the law's effect is fully realized, according to a UCLA and UC Berkeley joint study.

Optical tweezers help researchers uncover key mechanics in cellular communication

By using a laser microbeam technology, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers have uncovered fundamental properties of a key molecular signaling system involved with development, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory

A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning, and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption.

Meet the man who invented the instructions for the Internet

Steve Crocker was among a small group of UCLA researchers who sent the first message between the first two nodes of the ARPAnet, the U.S. Department of Defense-funded network that eventually morphed into the modern internet.

Researchers combat global disease with a cell phone, Google Maps and a lot of ingenuity

UCLA scientists developed a cell phone-based platform that lets health workers accurately read diagnostic tests in the field and chart the spread of diseases worldwide.

California to test HIV-prevention pill

The California HIV-AIDS Research Program at the UC Office of the President awarded $11.8 million in grants for prevention pill studies and efforts to get about 3,000 HIV-infected people in Southern California into treatment and keep them there.

International team uncovers new genes that shape brain size, intelligence

A UCLA-launched partnership identifies genes that boost or lessen the risk of brain atrophy, mental illness and Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers develop graphene supercapacitor holding promise for portable electronics

UCLA researchers demonstrate high-performance grapheme-based electrochemical capacitors that maintain excellent electrochemical attributes under high mechanical stress.

Tiny amounts of alcohol dramatically extend a worm's life, but why?

The surprising and still inexplicable UCLA study findings have intriguing implications for human longevity, the researchers say.

Stem cell study may show advance

A treatment for eye diseases that is derived from human embryonic stem cells might have improved the vision of two patients, bolstering the beleaguered field, UCLA researchers reported.

Air pollution tied to premature births

Pregnant women who live in areas with high levels of air pollution caused by heavy traffic could be at increased risk for premature births, according to a UCLA study.

Portable microscope detects bacteria using holograms

A handheld device, developed by UCLA researchers, uses a laser instead of lenses to identify bugs in water, food or blood. Scientists hope the technology will improve health care in areas that lack sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

An affliction of the cornea gets a closer look

A corneal transplant by UCLA surgeons has allowed a teenager to easily read, drive and see detail well enough to pursue her new passion: photography.