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UCSF Heart Doctors Uncover Significant Bias in Taser(r) Safety Studies

May 06, 2011 The ongoing controversy surrounding the safety of using TASER® electrical stun guns took a new turn today when a team of cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco announced findings suggesting that much of the current TASER®-related safety research may be biased due to ties to the devices’ manufacturer, TASER International, Inc.

UCSF Scientists Honored by National Academy of Sciences

May 03, 2011 Alexander D. Johnson, PhD, and Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, have been elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their excellence in original scientific research.

US Appeals Court Opens Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

April 29, 2011 The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals has overturned an August 2010 ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, paving the way for broader exploration of how stem cells function and how they can be harnessed to treat a wide range of currently incurable diseases.

Mutant Mouse Reveals New Wrinkle in Genetic Code, Say UCSF Scientists

April 28, 2011 A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco may have uncovered a new wrinkle in the genetic code – an entirely unrecognized way our bodies regulate how genes are expressed in different tissues throughout life.

Men's and Women's Immune Systems Respond Differently to PTSD

April 26, 2011 Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Risk of Accelerated Aging Seen in PTSD Patients with Childhood Trauma

April 22, 2011 Adults with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of childhood trauma had significantly shorter telomere length than those with PTSD but without childhood trauma, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Extreme Dieting: Does It Lead to Longer Lives?

April 18, 2011 A seminal UCSF study is probing the biological processes affected by extremely low caloric intake in the first broad examination of the psychological profile of successful extreme dieters gauging how they differ from normal eaters and overeaters. WATCH VIDEO.

Diabetes Treatment Standards for Frail Older Adults Should Be More Flexible

April 15, 2011 Diabetes treatment standards for frail older adults should be more flexible than those for younger adults, focusing more on day-to-day quality of life and less on long-term results, according to a geriatrician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Inability to Detect Sarcasm, Lies May Be Early Sign of Dementia, UCSF Study Shows

April 14, 2011 By asking a group of older adults to analyze videos of other people conversing -- some talking truthfully, some insincerely -- a group of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco has determined which areas of the brain govern a person's ability to detect sarcasm and lies.

HIV Rate in SF Could Be Cut Sharply with Expanded Treatment, Study Predicts

April 13, 2011 If HIV-infected adults in San Francisco began taking antiretroviral treatments as soon as they were diagnosed, the rate of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men would be cut by almost 6o percent over five years, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.

UCSF Neurosurgeons Test New Device for Placing Brain Implants

April 13, 2011 A new MRI device that guides surgeons as they implant electrodes into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders could change the way this surgery, called deep brain stimulation, is performed at medical centers across the country.

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 Scientists Discover Link Between Inflammation and Pancreatic Cancer

April 11, 2011 Solving part of a medical mystery, researchers at UCSF have established a link between molecules found in an inflamed pancreas and the early formation of pancreatic cancer – a discovery that may help scientists identify new ways to detect, monitor and treat this deadly disease.

QB3, Deloitte Collaborate to Drive California Bioscience Innovation

April 11, 2011 The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) has entered into a collaboration with Deloitte to help the institute in its efforts to convert bioscience innovation into a driver for jobs, companies and improved health in California.

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