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UCLA research suggests lost memories can be restored
Research from the lab of David Glanzman suggests that memories may not be stored in synapses, as previously thought. “Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse,” said Glanzman, senior author of the study. “That’s a radical idea, but that’s where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won’t be easy, but I believe it’s possible.”
Vickie Mays reappointed U.S. House representative, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
Psychology professor, Vickie Mays, has been reappointed to a second four-year term as the House representative to the federal advisory committee on Vital and Health Statistics. In this role, she has reported on the use of data collection to reduce health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, and primary language.
Early detection of disease possible through saliva tests
Integrative Biology and Physiology associate professor, Grace Xiao, and UCLA Dentistry Professor Dr. David Wong have conducted the most comprehensive analysis of RNA molecules in human saliva, and found that it contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood. This could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diseases such as diabetes and cancer.