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Study: Compulsive eating, anxiety a vicious circle

Many people diet by avoiding fattening foods that taste good, but ultimately return to their regular eating habits. In research that sheds light on the perils of yo-yo dieting and repeated bouts of sugar bingeing, researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown in animal models that this type of diet cycling can activate the brain’s stress system and generate overeating, anxiety and withdrawallike symptoms.

Salk technology leads to gene therapy success

Using a gene-therapy delivery system developed in the laboratory of Inder Verma at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, an international research team successfully treated two boys from Spain suffering from adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), the rare, inherited disease that was the focus of the Hollywood film “Lorenzo’s Oil.” The genetic disorder, in which the fatty insulation of nerve cells degenerates, leads to progressive brain damage and results in death. Two years after mixed gene-therapy and bone marrow transplants, the boys remain disease-free.

Previously unknown volcanic eruption revealed

A team of chemists from the U.S. and France examining ice-core samples have found large amounts of volcanic sulfuric acid — compelling evidence of a previously undocumented large volcanic eruption 200 years ago. The discovery helps explain why the decade from 1810 to 1819 is the coldest on record for the last 500 years.

Prince Albert to receive Roger Revelle award

The monarch of one of the smallest countries in the world is being honored this week in La Jolla for leadership in bringing world attention and sustainable action to protect the global environment.

Scripps offering genetic testing for stent patients

Scripps Health is offering genetic testing to cardiovascular patients planning to undergo elective stent procedures to open clogged heart arteries. The tests will determine if patients possess one or more of common gene variants linked to an inability to metabolize the anti-clotting agent Plavix, a prescription drug given to most U.S. stent patients.

Mitigating the impact of pandemic flu

Flu season has arrived and upwards of 30 percent of the population could become ill within the next 60 days without a combined effort of individuals, government agencies, and the business community to prevent and contain the spread of the pandemic H1N1 strain.

Officials preparing for flu season

Flu season has arrived and upwards of 30 percent of the population could become ill
within the next 60 days without a combined effort of individuals, government agencies, and the business community to prevent and contain the spread of the pandemic H1N1 strain.

“We need to take (flu prevention) as seriously as we do fire prevention,” said State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-75th District, a panelist on the public forum “Pandemic Flu: Know the Enemy,” hosted Oct. 1 by the Burnham Institute for Medical Research.

New AIDS vaccine effort launched

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have launched a new research center focused on designing AIDS vaccines that elicit antibodies that work against a sufficient number of HIV types in order to convey protection. The launch of the new center comes following new advances in this arena published last month in the journal Science by researchers at IAVI and TSRI, among others. In that work, scientists discovered two broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV that reveal a previously unknown site on the virus that could prove to be a good target for vaccine design.

‘Birds of a Feather’ flock to support lagoon

Some 250 guests attended the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy “Birds of a Feather” gala Sept. 26 on the magnificent grounds of the 10-acre Clear Spring Farm in Rancho Santa Fe. The farm is a world-class dressage-training center owned by Elizabeth Keadle. In a nod to the equestrian property, the botanical-themed table centerpieces featured mini blue ribbons. Cuisine was provided by Ki’s Restaurant and Catering, the wine selection courtesy of Decanter Wine Lounge, beer by Stone Brewery Co.

UCSD team looks at body’s clock

A new finding reveals that many of the genes that regulate the daily rhythms of insulin responses can also alter the timing of the body’s circadian clock. This suggests new approaches might be possible to treat disorders that result from chronic disruption of the sleep-wake cycle.

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