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UC Roundup: Curry-ing Alzheimer’s, One Nap Time at a Time

Posted By Gerald Nicdao On Jul 18, 2007 @ 9:04 pm In The Specials | Comments Disabled

The biggest news for the UC system coming from last week is that $3 million fine [1] that the Department of Energy is about to bitch-slap UC with. Well, at least we still have our curry.

*First Up…Eating Curry Can Save Your Brain*
Whoever thought that eating all that Naan ‘N Curry and then going to the bathroom for days upon days could be a good thing?

Researchers at UCLA say that turmeric, which is found in curry, can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease [2]. They also say that curcumin, which is an antioxidant found in turmeric, can prevent tumors from growing in lab rats.

But, don’t go out tonight and eat so much curry that you’ll throw up for the next three hours.

The researchers said it is not clear if people can eat enough curcumin to get this level of activity.

So, we’re supposed to inject ourselves with curry? Actually, no. Don’t do that.

*Mental Decline = Sleep Problems*
A study reported by UC San Francisco researcher Kristine Yaffe says that older women who experience such mental difficulties as memory loss and attention loss are more likely to also have sleep problems [3].

“This study does not mean that an individual with cognitive problems will necessarily develop sleep trouble, but that these elders are at a higher risk of sleep disorders,” researcher Kristine Yaffe, MD, states in an American Academy of Neurology news release.

We were going to put a very insensitive joke about someone’s grandma here, but we decided against it. It was going to be something about why someone’s grandma can never go to sleep, or remember our names. But maybe eating some curry will help?

*UC Riverside, Your Place to Be for Science Fiction*
We here at Cal have the Mark Twain papers [4]. Pretty impressive stuff if you haven’t perused through them yet.

But UC Riverside’s library is the safe haven for all that is Trekkie, Ewok and things from outer space. UC Riverside’s library boasts the largest collection of science fiction things in the world [5].

It’s like going to Graceland if you’re an Elvis fan,” said Drew Morse, a creative writing professor who made the pilgrimage to Riverside from Ohio last summer to study rare poetry by “Fahrenheit 451″ author Ray Bradbury.

Great. We guess there has to be some sort of reason why tourists would go to Riverside. While you’re at it, can you get us the complete Klingon dictionary?

*Aggies Athletics Graduates to Division I*
It’s been a long time coming for UC Davis, and now after four years of purgatory, the Aggies have been approved to become a full-fledged member [6] of NCAA Division I sports.

UC Davis joins the Big West conference, where it joins fellow UC schools Santa Barbara and Irvine, Cal Poly, Long Beach State and Pacific.

Maybe we should just replace Stanfurd with the Aggies [7] in the Pac-10. UC Davis did defeat the Card a few years ago—in soccer, basketball, baseball and yes, football [8].

Beat Brain Disease By Eating Curry [Sky news [2]]
Mental Decline, Sleep Problems Linked [WebMd [3]]
UC library boasts world’s largest sci-fi collection [CC Times [5]]
UC Davis makes it official: School is Division I now [Sac Bee [6]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] $3 million fine: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/07/14/thumb-drives-bad-for-classified-documents/

[2] can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease: http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1275539,00.html

[3] likely to also have sleep problems: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20070716/mental-decline-sleep-problems-linked

[4] Mark Twain papers: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/MTP

[5] science fiction things in the world: http://www.contracostatimes.com/teens/ci_6381591?nclick_check=1

[6] approved to become a full-fledged member: http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/278228.html

[7] Stanfurd with the Aggies: http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200943204

[8] football: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?confId=1&date=20050917&gameId=252600024

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