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Alcohol Drinking Behavior Reduced By Inhibiting Brain Protein in Rodents

November 26, 2012 Decreasing the level of a key brain protein led to significantly less drinking and alcohol-seeking behavior in rats and mice that had been trained to drink, according to a study by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF.

Songbirds' Learning Hub in Brain Offers Insight into Motor Control

May 20, 2012 UCSF scientists have shown that a key brain structure in the Bengalese finch acts as a learning hub, receiving information that helps to improve its song, a finding which may lead to new ways to treat neurological disorders that impair movement such as Parkinson’s disease.

Antidepressant Linked to Developmental Brain Abnormalities in Rodents

October 24, 2011 A study by researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and UCSF shows that rats given a popularly prescribed antidepressant during development exhibit brain abnormalities and behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorders.

New Clue to Brain Bleeding After Stroke Treatment

October 14, 2011 The only medication currently approved for stroke treatment – tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which dissolves blood clots – is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the brain, particularly among patients with hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

How Normal Cells Become Brain Cancers

September 28, 2011 Brain tumor specimens taken from neurosurgery cases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center has given scientists a new window on the transformation that occurs as healthy brain cells begin to form tumors

Addiction Scientist Receives Presidential Early Career Award

September 26, 2011 Gallo neuroscientist Linda Wilbrecht, PhD, receives President’s Early Career Award, in recognition of her studies on the effects of drug use and stress on the adolescent brain, aimed at developing strategies to mitigate drug dependence.

Enzyme Might Be Target for Treating Smoking, Alcoholism at Same Time

September 12, 2011 An enzyme that appears to play a role in controlling the brain's response to nicotine and alcohol in mice might be a promising target for a drug that simultaneously would treat nicotine addiction and alcohol abuse in people.

New Scorecard Identifies Patients at Highest Risk on Blood Thinners

August 03, 2011 A new and simple risk score may aid physicians in gauging the likelihood that a common drug will cause a hemorrhagic stroke or other major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation, potentially allowing wider but safer use of the effective drug.

UCSF Study Highlights Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

July 20, 2011 Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.

Traumatic Brain Injury More Than Doubles Dementia Risk

July 19, 2011 Patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) had over twice the risk of developing dementia within seven years after diagnosis compared to those without TBI, in a study of more than 280,000 older veterans conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Heart Disease and Stroke Worldwide Tied to National Income

July 07, 2011 An analysis of heart disease and stroke statistics collected in 192 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the relative burden of the two diseases varies widely from country to country and is closely linked to national income, according to researchers at UCSF.

UCSF Study Links Inflammation in Brain to Some Memory Decline

April 13, 2011 High levels of a protein associated with chronic, low-grade inflammation in the brain correlate with aspects of memory decline in otherwise cognitively normal older adults, according to a study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.

Study Links Heart Disease Risk Factors to Some Cognitive Decline

April 12, 2011 Older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists.

UCSF Study on Multitasking Reveals Switching Glitch in Aging Brain

April 11, 2011 Scientists at UCSF have pinpointed a reason older adults have a harder time multitasking than younger adults: they have more difficulty switching between tasks at the level of brain networks.

Tweeting Teenage Songbirds Reveal Impact of Social Cues on Learning

February 25, 2011 In a finding that once again displays the power of the female, UCSF neuroscientists have discovered that teenage male songbirds, still working to perfect their song, improve their performance in the presence of a female bird.

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