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Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells

November 16, 2012 A preliminary UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at a biological measure of longevity.

Exercise May Prevent Impact of Stress on Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Health

April 04, 2011 UCSF scientists are reporting several studies showing that psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and, thus, health. The findings also suggest that exercise may prevent this damage.

Study Shows How Stress Causes Extensive Genetic Rewiring

January 12, 2011 A team of scientists in the United States, South Korea, and Switzerland has uncovered a vast, complex network of 160,000 genetic interactions within yeast cells that changes dramatically when the cells are subjected to stress.

New test can predict complications from kidney disease

December 16, 2010 Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Cell Health Linked to Positive Mood Changes in Meditation

November 03, 2010 UCSF Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, and researcher Elissa Epel, PhD, are co-authors with UC Davis scientists of a paper showing that the positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater activity of the enzyme telomerase.

Brief exercise reduces impact of stress on cell aging, UCSF study shows

May 26, 2010 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.

NCIRE releases "Welcome Home" DVD for returning service members and veterans

May 19, 2010 NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute has announced the release of “Welcome Home: Support from the Ground Up,” a DVD resource guide for returning service members, Veterans, their families, and their loved ones.

Killing in Iraq combat linked with PTSD, alcohol abuse, other problems

February 10, 2010 Among soldiers who served in Iraq, the act of taking a life in combat was a significant predictor of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, hostility and anger, and relationship problems, according to a study led by a psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Most Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD did not get enough care, study shows

February 09, 2010 Between 2002 and 2008, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were newly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder received the recommended course of care for their condition at VA health facilities, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Landmark Textbook Aims to Improve Clinician, Consumer Understanding of Lesbian Health

February 04, 2010 A landmark textbook focusing on lesbian health, based on extensive research and the clinical experience of its 46 chapter authors, is now available.