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UCSF Analysis Shows Newer Surgery for Neck Pain May Be Better

April 11, 2011 A new surgery for cervical disc disease in the neck may restore range of motion and reduce repeat surgeries in some younger patients, according to a team of neurosurgeons from UCSF.

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.

Frailty Not a Factor in Adverse Drug Reactions Among Seniors, Study Finds

April 06, 2011 Contrary to popular belief among physicians, frailty in elderly patients is not associated with an increased risk of adverse reactions to medications, according to a study led by Michael Steinman, MD, a geriatrician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

UCSF Research on Drug Interactions Lands Small Business Grant

April 05, 2011 A UCSF team led by pharmacogenetics expert Kathleen Giacomini, PhD, has received a $387,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to perform the largest and most comprehensive study to date on the interaction between prescription drugs and the proteins that transport those drugs across the cell membrane.

Study Finds Link Between Chronic Depression and Accelerated Immune Cell Aging

April 05, 2011 Certain cases of major depression are associated with premature aging of immune cells, which may make people more susceptible to other serious illness, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study.

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.

UCSF Team Discovers New Way to Predict Breast Cancer Survival and Enhance Effectiveness of Treatment

April 04, 2011 A team of researchers at UCSF has discovered a new way to predict breast cancer survival based on an “immune profile” – the relative levels of three types of immune cells within a tumor. Knowing a patient’s profile may one day help guide treatment.

UCSF Researchers Identify Promising New Treatment for Childhood Leukemia

March 30, 2011 An experimental drug lessens symptoms of a rare form of childhood leukemia and offers significant insight into the cellular development of the disease, according to findings from a new UCSF study.

Implementing Health Care Reform; Early Learnings From California

March 30, 2011 California is at the forefront of health care reform but success will depend on a partnership between doctors and the state, according to a new analysis led by UCSF.

UCSF Medical Center Named Best Metro-Area Hospital

March 29, 2011 UCSF Medical Center is the best hospital in the San Francisco-Oakland area according to U.S. News & World Report's first-ever best hospitals metro area rankings.

Analysis Suggests Cancer Risk of Backscatter Airport Scanners is Low

March 28, 2011 Calculations by researchers at UCSF and the University of California, Berkeley estimate that the cancer risk associated with one type of airport security scanners is low based on the amount of radiation these devices emit, as long as they are operated and function correctly.

UCSF, UC Berkeley Join Forces to Advance Frontier of Brain Repair

March 24, 2011 Neuroscientists and engineers at UCSF and UC Berkeley have joined forces to help pioneer a new frontier of brain repair – the development of devices that would allow patients with such conditions as stroke and spinal cord injury to control prosthetics through thoughts alone.

UCSF Team Shows How to Make Skinny Worms Fat and Fat Worms Skinny

March 23, 2011 Researchers exploring human metabolism at UCSF have uncovered a handful of chemical compounds that regulate fat storage in worms, offering a new tool for understanding obesity and finding future treatments for diseases associated with obesity.

UCSF and Enloe Medical Center in Chico Form Cancer Care Partnership

March 21, 2011 The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Enloe Medical Center in Chico have joined forces, forming an affiliation of cancer programs to enhance patient care and improve access to top level medical experts.

UCSF's Yamamoto To Lead University's Research Enterprise

March 21, 2011 Keith Yamamoto, a long-time leader of the medical school's research enterprise and a key player in shaping national science policy, has been named vice chancellor for research at UCSF.

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