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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).

UCSF Gene Therapy Method Allays Parkinson's Symptoms

July 21, 2010 A novel technique created at UCSF to deliver a growth factor directly to brain cells has shown promising results in treating Parkinson's symptoms and could enter human clinical trials as early as next year.

Anxiety linked to increased cardiac risk in heart disease patients

July 07, 2010 Heart disease patients with anxiety disorder were significantly more likely to experience stroke, heart failure, heart attack, transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), or death than heart disease patients without anxiety, in a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

New period of brain "plasticity" created with transplanted embryonic cells

March 25, 2010 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.

UCSF pediatric neurologist appointed to National Stroke Advisory Council

February 04, 2010 Donna Ferriero, MD, UCSF chief of pediatric neurology, has been appointed to the National Neurological Disorders and Stroke Advisory Council. The 18 member council, composed of physicians, scientists and representatives of the public, serves as the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) regarding the Institute’s research program planning and priorities.

UCSF Neuroscience Building to drive advances against brain diseases

January 21, 2010 UCSF is set to construct a major neuroscience building on its Mission Bay campus. The building will bring under one roof several of the world’s leading clinical and basic research programs seeking cures for intractable neurological disorders.

Even a small dietary reduction in salt could mean fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths

January 20, 2010 Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.