Recent articles by Laura Kurtzman

Groundbreaking Online Registry to Drive Brain Disease Research

April 08, 2014
A new online project led by researchers at UCSF promises to dramatically cut the time and cost of conducting clinical trials for brain diseases, while also helping scientists analyze and track the brain functions of thousands of volunteers over time.

Experts Question Routine Mammograms in Elderly

April 01, 2014
Doctors should focus on life expectancy when deciding whether to order mammograms for their oldest female patients, since the harms of screening likely outweigh the benefits unless women are expected to live at least another decade, according to a review of the scientific literature by experts at UCSF and Harvard medical schools.

Early Cardiac Risks Linked to Worse Cognitive Function in Middle Age

March 31, 2014
Young adults with such cardiac risk factors as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age, according to a new study by dementia researchers at UCSF.

Heart Scans Only Useful in Prescribing Statins Under Certain Conditions, UCSF Team Reports

March 12, 2014
It doesn’t always make sense to do a heart scan to measure how much plaque has built up in a patient’s coronary arteries before prescribing statins, UCSF research shows.

New High-Tech Lab Records the Brain and Body in Action

March 05, 2014
UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, is hoping to paint a fuller picture of what is happening in the minds and bodies of those suffering from brain disease with his new lab, Neuroscape, which bridges the worlds of neuroscience and high-tech.

School of Medicine Retreat Envisions Ideal Learning Environments

February 28, 2014
The UCSF School of Medicine's annual retreat took stock of the changes sweeping through both education and health care delivery and to find ways to leverage best practices.

Access to Guns Increases Risk of Suicide, Homicide

January 21, 2014
Someone with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access, according to a UCSF analysis.

Clinical Chairs Rally to Support Basic Science Research Students

January 21, 2014
The UCSF School of Medicine's 20 clinical chairs have banded together to provide $1.5 million to the new Discovery Fellows Program, set to ensure the stability of the University's basic science research.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Research to Leave UCSF

January 21, 2014
Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is leaving UCSF at the end of February to become the inaugural dean of the Dell School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Austin.

Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

January 14, 2014
Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children’s articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.