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Complex Spinal Surgeries with Two Attending Physicians, Instead of One, Benefit Patients

January 18, 2013 Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes – and a new study by a duo at UCSF demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways.

Media Advisory: NFL Stars to Present $2.5 Million Check for Brain Tumor Research

June 24, 2011 Former NFL player Harris Barton will present a $2.5 million check on behalf of Champion Charities to Dr. Michael Prados of the University of California, San Francisco’s Brain Tumor Research Center, to support its mission to eradicate brain disease.

Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida More Effective Than Operating After Birth

February 09, 2011 Babies who undergo fetal surgery — pioneered at UCSF 30 years ago — to repair spina bifida while still in the womb develop better than babies who have corrective surgery after birth, according to findings from a UCSF-led trial.

Mother's Stem Cells Likely Key to Treating Genetic Disease Before Birth

January 18, 2011 UCSF researchers have tackled a decade-long scientific conundrum, and their discovery is expected to lead to significant advances in using stem cells to treat genetic diseases before birth.

Beta blockers reduce risk of death after surgery, study finds

September 28, 2010 Surgical patients with known heart disease risks who are given beta blockers around the time of surgery have a significantly reduced risk of post-operative death compared with patients not given beta blockers, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Surgery better than radiation, hormone treatments for some prostate cancer, study shows

August 05, 2010 Surgery for localized prostate cancer offers a significantly higher survival rate than either external-beam radiation or hormonal therapies, according to a new study led by researchers at UCSF.

Grant Supports UCSF Research in Lead Cause of Trauma Deaths

May 20, 2010 Mitchell Cohen, MD, UCSF assistant professor of surgery, has received a $225,000 research grant from the National Trauma Institute to investigate the timing and mechanism of traumatic coagulopathy.

Space station experiment will probe failure of immune system in space

March 31, 2010 In April 2010, personnel aboard the International Space Station plan to carry out an experiment designed by a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher that will investigate why the immune system’s T cells stop working in the absence of gravity. The experiment has implications for understanding the body’s ability to mount an immune response on earth, as well.

Benefits of osteoporosis treatments outweigh possible risk of rare femoral fractures

March 24, 2010 The occurrence of an unusual type of fracture of the femur, or the thigh bone, is very low in patients with osteoporosis, including those treated with the drug family known as bisphosphonates, according to a new study led by a team of UCSF epidemiologists.