Recent articles by Jeffrey Norris

Mechanical Forces Driving Breast Cancer Lead to Key Molecular Discovery

March 27, 2014
The stiffening of breast tissue in breast-cancer development points to a new way to distinguish a type of breast cancer with a poor prognosis from a related, but often less deadly type, UCSF researchers have found in a new study.

Patient Safety Merits New Clinical Data Review For Modified Medical Devices, UCSF Physician Says

March 24, 2014
According to authors Rita Redberg, MD, UCSF professor of medicine, and UCSF second-year medical student Sarah Zheng, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require that clinical data be submitted as part of a more rigorous re-evaluation of medical devices that are modified after approval.

New Organ Transplant Strategy Aims to Better Prevent Rejection

March 10, 2014
Organ-transplant recipients often reject donated organs, but a new, two-pronged strategy developed by UCSF researchers to specifically weaken immune responses that target transplanted tissue has shown promise.

Key Pancreatic Cancer Defect Identified by UCSF Researchers

March 04, 2014
A new UCSF study has shed light on the origins of one type of deadly pancreatic cancer, which could lead to more targeted and effective drug therapy.

Biases in Animal Studies May Differ From Those In Clinical Trials, UCSF Study Finds

January 24, 2014
A new analysis of animal studies on cholesterol-lowering statins by UC San Francisco researchers found that non-industry studies had results that favored the drugs even more than studies funded by industry.

ExRNA: Decoding Messages Among Cells

January 09, 2014
Scientists have discovered a type of RNA that could have enormous potential for better diagnosing and treating many types of cancer, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Stem Cells Used to Model Disease that Causes Abnormal Bone Growth

January 07, 2014
Researchers have developed a new way to study bone disorders and bone growth, using stem cells from patients afflicted with a rare, genetic bone disease.

Research Shows How Household Dogs Protect Against Asthma, Infection

December 16, 2013
Children’s risk for developing allergies and asthma is reduced when they are exposed in early infancy to a dog in the household, and now researchers have discovered a reason why.

Drug Strategy Blocks a Leading Driver of Cancer

November 20, 2013
The protein in cells that most often drives the development of cancers has eluded scientists’ efforts to block it for three decades — until now.

For Type 1 Diabetes, Islet Transplantation Gains Momentum

November 14, 2013
For the worst cases of type 1 diabetes, islet transplantation has freed hundreds of people from complete insulin dependence. UCSF is leading a push to bring this experimental procedure into the mainstream.