Researchers may have discovered the initial steps to helping cocaine abusers overcome their addiction.
A study conducted by scientists at UCSF and the National Institute of Health found that activating neurons in the brainʼs prefrontal cortex eliminated cocaine addition in lab rats.
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Lawsuit brewingA Central Valley woman is suing Starbucks and not because the coffee was too hot. Rather, Janet Marx is claiming the Stockton coffee house barred her from using the restroom so she could repair her prosthetic leg unless she first bought something. According to the claim, which was ... More >>
This morning, we woke up to the bizarre story by Chron columnist C.W. Nevius -- and no, it wasn't about feces on the street. Instead, he tells us a lovely vignette about Al Fraser, a local fisherman who stumbled across an artificial leg in the bay.
"I looked at it and it is almost new,'' Fraser tell ... More >>
It's not news that marijuana may have healing qualities: after all, medicinal cannabis has been (sort of) the law of the land since 1996, when California voters passed Proposition 215 . Still, it was a very big deal when the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research released the results last Wednesday ... More >>
In an April cover story, we looked at the dilemma facing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state agency created through Proposition 71 to fund stem-cell research: Should the landmark agency direct the remainder of its $3 billion in research funds towards "adult" stem cel ... More >>
julianayrs.comYou can't argue with results."There's no proof that medical marijuana works. It needs more study. There's only anecdotal evidence. It doesn't treat specific conditions. People just want to get high." Every cannabis advocate and medical marijuana patient has run into these arguments, ... More >>
Tempest in a petri dishIt's been a tough week in the news for California's San Francisco-based stem-cell research agency.Last week, it was revealed that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) -- created to fund stem-cell research through Proposition 71, the 2004 state ballot initi ... More >>
Marie CseteThe chief scientific officer at California's stem-cell agency has announced that she will step down from her position in a little over a month.Marie Csete, who had been at the San Francisco-based California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for slightly more than a year, has so f ... More >>
Robert Klein, the Palo Alto real-estate magnate who led the successful 2004 ballot-initiative campaign to create a $3 billion state stem-cell funding agency and then steered the agency through its first years as chairman, has announced that he will step down from his leadership post at the end of 20 ... More >>
Help -- or at least cash -- is on the wayThe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced yesterday that it has received $275 million in fresh funding from a recent sale of state bonds, saving the state stem-cell agency from a cash crunch that would have left it without money to f ... More >>
Keep those fingers crossedThe front line of advanced biomedical research doesn't stand still. Whether it's promising advances or devastating setbacks, this field of human knowledge is so young -- and so populated by bright and ambitious scientists and entrepreneurs -- that it seems news is always b ... More >>
Library of CongressFor sale once more?In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring illegal the sale, purchase, or ownership of living human products, known then as people.In 2009, Barack Obama signed an order lifting restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research,& ... More >>
In these dire financial times, fewer of us have the opportunity to donate to charity (at least, that's what we keep telling ourselves). But some really, really rich people are more than capable of forking over large quantities of the stuff, as evidenced by Slate's list of the largest charitable dona ... More >>
Bay Area researchers are using a particular cancer to produce neuronlike cells that, when injected into the brain, seem to reverse the effects of stroke. Is the treatment a historic medical breakthrough, or a reckless ploy to attract investors?