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Zebrafish Reveal Exquisite Workings Of The Brain

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 23:30:00 GMT

A tiny, translucent juvenile zebrafish, on the hunt for even littler prey, has offered up a big insight into how a specific circuit of nerve cells functions in the brain.

(PRWeb November 08, 2010)

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UCSF Experts Outline New Strategy to Eliminate Malaria

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:52:52 GMT

UCSF global health experts have outlined a new strategy and action plan to help countries eliminate malaria and bring the world closer to global eradication of the deadly disease.

(PRWeb November 04, 2010)

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UCSF Launches Social Media Fundraising Campaign for Benioff Children’s Hospital

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:24:43 GMT

UCSF has launched an innovative fundraising campaign that leverages social media to raise awareness of and dollars for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The UCSF Challenge for the Children, a collaboration with the online fundraising platform, kicks off today (Oct. 26, 2010) as part of the groundbreaking festivities for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, site of the future children’s hospital as well as women’s and cancer hospitals.

(PRWeb October 26, 2010)

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UCSF Stem-Cell Based Neurological, Liver Therapy Strategies Advanced

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:48:05 GMT

UCSF scientists have received two grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to refine their human embryonic stem cell-based strategies for treating neurological diseases and liver failure.

(PRWeb October 22, 2010)

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UCSF’s Prusiner Receives President’s National Medal of Science

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:40:00 GMT

UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, UCSF professor of neurology and director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, today (Oct. 15, 2010) was named to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for science and technology.

(PRWeb October 15, 2010)

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Patient-Provider Language Barriers Linked to Worse Diabetes Control

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:36:18 GMT

Patients who cannot discuss their diabetes with a doctor in their own language may have poorer health outcomes, even when interpreter services are available, according to a new study by researchers at UCSF and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.

(PRWeb October 06, 2010)

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Physical Limitations Take A Significant Toll In Breast Cancer Survivors

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:00:00 GMT

Basic physical limitations following breast cancer treatment can have far-reaching consequences that substantially affect how long a patient lives. According to a new study published online in “The Journal of the National Cancer Institute,’’ breast cancer survivors with functional limitations – an inability to perform normal daily activities – caused by the disease or its treatment are more likely to die because of overall poorer health.

(PRWeb September 24, 2010)

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UCSF Receives $15 Million to Advance Personalized Medicine

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 19:03:53 GMT

UCSF scientists will receive two grants totaling $15.1 million over the next five years to expand their research into how genes affect an individual’s response to medication and to strengthen a global network of researchers involved in these efforts.

(PRWeb September 07, 2010)

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UCSF Unveils Model for Implantable Artificial Kidney to Replace Dialysis

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 19:59:36 GMT

UCSF researchers today unveiled a prototype model of the first implantable artificial kidney, in a development that one day could eliminate the need for dialysis.

(PRWeb September 02, 2010)

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Blood Stem Cell, Leukemia Link Illuminated in UCSF-Led Study

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 18:25:00 GMT

A UCSF-led team has discovered at least one key reason why blood stem cells are susceptible to developing the genetic mutations that can lead to adult leukemia. Their finding also may explain, they say, why some other age-related hematological disorders develop.

(PRWeb August 16, 2010)

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Obesity Rates Decline for Many Adolescents But Disparities Worsen

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:00:00 GMT

Obesity rates have started to decline and level off for many adolescents, but continue to increase for certain racial and ethnic minorities, according to a new UCSF-led study.

(PRWeb August 16, 2010)

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Proteins Associated With Neurodegenerative Diseases Found To Clump During Normal Aging

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 21:00:00 GMT

In neurodegenerative diseases, clumps of insoluble proteins appear in patients’ brains. These aggregates contain proteins that are unique to each disease, such as amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease, but they are intertwined with small amounts of many other insoluble proteins that are normally present in a soluble form in healthy young individuals. For years, these other proteins were thought to be accidental inclusions in the aggregates, much as a sea turtle might be caught in a net of fish.

(PRWeb August 10, 2010)

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Brain Fitness Program Study Reveals Visual Memory Improvement in Older Adults

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 22:00:00 GMT

A commercial brain fitness program has been shown to improve memory in older adults, at least in the period soon after training. The findings are the first to show that practicing simple visual tasks can improve the accuracy of short-term, or “working” visual memory. The research, led by scientists at UCSF, is also one of the first to measure both mental performance and changes in neural activity caused by a cognitive training program.

(PRWeb July 14, 2010)

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Weight Loss Reduces Hot Flashes in Overweight and Obese Women

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:54:16 GMT

A new study shows that overweight and obese women who suffer from hot flashes can reduce the severity of their hot flashes if they lose weight through diet or exercise.

(PRWeb July 12, 2010)

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Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Improve Vascular And Blood Pressure Measures For Coronary Artery Disease Patients

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A new study by UCSF cardiologists and researchers found that high concentrations of cocoa flavanols decrease blood pressure, improve the health of blood vessels and increase the number of circulating angiogenic cells in patients with heart disease. The findings indicate that foods rich in flavanols – such as cocoa products, tea, wine, and various fruits and vegetables – have a cardio-protective benefit for heart disease patients.

(PRWeb July 07, 2010)

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Genetic Ancestry Data Improve Diagnosis in Asthma and Lung Disease

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Americans with lung disease may face a far greater level of lung damage than either they or their doctor suspect, depending on their individual genetic heritage, according to a study to be released July 7. The research implications range from diagnosing the severity of asthma, to disability decisions or eligibility for lung transplants, researchers say.

(PRWeb July 08, 2010)

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Gestational Diabetes Linked to Serotonin and Dietary Protein

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother’s diet early in pregnancy, according to new findings of an international team led by researchers at UCSF.

(PRWeb June 29, 2010)

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UCSF Children’s Hospital Receives $100 Million Gift To Build New Hospital

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF Children’s Hospital has received a $100 million gift to help fund the construction of its new home at the UCSF Mission Bay campus near downtown San Francisco.

(PRWeb June 23, 2010)

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If Mother Has Tooth Decay, Odds Increase That Child Does Too

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A UCSF study examining the oral health of rural Hispanic families found that untreated tooth decay in mothers almost doubled the odds of tooth decay in children. The findings indicate a strong relationship between the oral health of mothers and their children, the authors say.

(PRWeb June 16, 2010)

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UCSF Serves As $6.2 Billion Economic Engine for Bay Area

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF represents one of the principal economic engines in the San Francisco Bay Area, driving $6.2 billion in industry output and creating more than 39,100 jobs regionwide, according to an economic impact report released this morning.

(PRWeb June 12, 2010)

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One-Dose Radiation Found Effective For Early Breast Cancer

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A single dose of radiation administered during surgery is as effective for patients with early forms of breast cancer as standard radiation therapy that can take as long as six weeks, according to new research findings.

(PRWeb June 09, 2010)

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UCSF Medical Center Earns Perfect Healthcare Equality Index Score for Fourth Consecutive Year

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF Medical Center today became the only institution in the United States to receive a perfect score on the LGBT Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for four consecutive years.

(PRWeb June 08, 2010)

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UCSF Analyses Detail Tobacco Industry Influence on Health Policy

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Three new UCSF studies describe the wide reach of the tobacco industry and its influence on young people, military veterans and national health care reform.

(PRWeb June 02, 2010)

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Brief Exercise Reduces Impact of Stress on Cell Aging, UCSF Study Shows

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Exercise can buffer the effects of stress-induced cell aging, according to new research from UCSF that revealed actual benefits of physical activity at the cellular level.

(PRWeb May 27, 2010)

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Discovery of Stem Cell Illuminates Human Brain Evolution, Points To Therapies

Wed, 26 May 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF scientists have discovered a new stem cell in the developing human brain. The cell produces nerve cells that help form the neocortex – the site of higher cognitive function -- and likely accounts for the dramatic expansion of the region in the lineages that lead to man, the researchers say.

(PRWeb May 26, 2010)

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Grove Gift Launches Translational Medicine Program at UCSF & UC Berkeley

Fri, 21 May 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Former Intel Corp. chief executive Andy Grove has pledged $1.5 million to two University of California campuses -- San Francisco and Berkeley -- to jointly launch the first program of its kind aimed at accelerating the translation of cutting-edge research into advances in patient care.

(PRWeb May 21, 2010)

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UCSF Transgenic Mouse Mimics Parkinson’s Earliest Symptoms

Wed, 05 May 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF researchers have created the first transgenic mouse to display the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease using the genetic mutation that is known to accompany human forms of the disease.

(PRWeb May 05, 2010)

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New UCSF Studies Reveal that Age-Related Nerve Decline is Associated with Inflammation and Differs by Gender

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

New research investigating neurological decline in a population of “super healthy” elderly subjects found that the decline in neurological function of the peripheral nervous system attributed to aging may be related to metabolic factors, such as blood sugar levels, even if these factors are within the normal range.

(PRWeb April 15, 2010)

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Statins May Slow Progression of Multiple Sclerosis, New Study Finds

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A UCSF-led study examining the impact of statins on the progression of multiple sclerosis found a lower incidence of new brain lesions in patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drug in the early stages of the disease as compared to a placebo.

(PRWeb April 15, 2010)

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Childhood Obesity Interventions Must Begin Early, UCSF Experts Say

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

To be a truly comprehensive and successful anti-obesity program, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign must include interventions that target pregnant women, infants, and pre-school-age children, UCSF experts say.

(PRWeb April 15, 2010)

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New UCSF Report Identifies Steps to Increase Diversity in Medical Workforce

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A new report, based in part on case studies of the UCSF School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine, has determined five elements critical to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in medical schools and ultimately, the physician workforce.

(PRWeb April 14, 2010)

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UCSF Tops Public Institutions in NIH Funding, Ranks Second Overall

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF received more research funds from the National Institutes of Health than any other public institution in 2009, and received the second largest amount of all institutions nationwide, according to new figures released by the NIH. The UCSF School of Pharmacy, specifically, ranked first in its field in NIH support for the 30th consecutive year.

(PRWeb April 08, 2010)

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New UCSF Global Health Initiative Will Help Bridge Gap Between Knowledge, Action

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF and SEEK Development, a global health and development consulting group based in Berlin, Germany, have launched an international partnership that aims to improve global health by helping to turn scientific evidence into policy and action. The Evidence-to-Policy Initiative, or E2Pi, officially launches this week in San Francisco and Berlin, Germany.

(PRWeb April 06, 2010)

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Novel Parkinson's Treatment Strategy Involves Cell Transplantation

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF scientists have used a novel cell-based strategy to treat motor symptoms in rats with a disease designed to mimic Parkinson's disease.

(PRWeb March 26, 2010)

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New Period of Brain ‘Plasticity’ Created with Transplanted Embryonic Cells

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT

UCSF scientists report that they were able to prompt a new period of “plasticity,” or capacity for change, in the neural circuitry of the visual cortex of juvenile mice. The approach, they say, might some day be used to create new periods of plasticity in the human brain that would allow for the repair of neural circuits following injury or disease.

(PRWeb March 26, 2010)

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Benefits of Osteoporosis Treatments Outweigh Possible Risk of Rare Femoral Fractures

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT

The occurrence of an unusual type of fracture of the femur, or the thigh bone, is very low in patients with osteoporosis, including those treated with the drug family known as bisphosphonates, according to a new study led by a team of UCSF epidemiologists.

(PRWeb March 25, 2010)

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Prenatal Healthcare Providers Inconsistent In Weight Gain Counseling

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT

A new study from UCSF shows that prenatal health care professionals are concerned about patients’ excessive weight gain during pregnancy but have difficulty providing effective counseling.

(PRWeb March 23, 2010)

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Pancreatic Cancer Study Reveals Mechanism Initiating Disease, In Mice

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:00:00 GMT

UCSF scientists have discovered how a mutated gene known as Kras is able to hijack mouse cells damaged by acute pancreatitis, putting them on the path to becoming pancreatic cancer cells.

(PRWeb March 12, 2010)

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Ritalin Boosts Learning by Increasing Brain Plasticity, According to UCSF Research

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning.

(PRWeb March 09, 2010)

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New Cancer-Fighting Strategy Focuses On Signaling Molecules

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Cancer researchers studying the immune system have identified a previously unrecognized set of targets and biomarkers to battle solid tumors.

(PRWeb February 25, 2010)

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