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Taxpayer Film Subsidies Promote Youth Smoking

August 23, 2011 State governments, including California as well as others in Canada and the United Kingdom, pour hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into major motion pictures that depict smoking -- leading to thousands of new teen smokers every year, a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researcher has found.

A New Nuance to Neurons

August 23, 2011 A fundamental new discovery about how nerve cells in the brain store and release tiny sacs filled with chemicals may radically alter the way scientists think about neurotransmission – the electrical signaling in the brain that enables everything from the way we move, to how we remember and sense the world.

Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Persistent Asthma in Childhood

August 22, 2011 Children with severe asthma are 3.6 times more likely to have been exposed to tobacco smoking before birth – even without later exposure – than children with a mild form of the disease, according to a multicenter study led by researchers at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Gladstone Scientist Identifies Gene that Exacerbates Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Diabetes

August 18, 2011 A scientist at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes has discovered how a gene contributes to a suite of health problems sweeping across America, offering new insight into how to combat these potentially fatal conditions.

Media Advisory: Leaders to Kick Off Bay Area's First Science Festival

August 15, 2011 Congressional Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Mayor Edwin Lee on August 16 at the kick off of the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival, which will bring together an unprecedented brain trust of the region’s scientific and educational partners to produce what is expected to be one of the largest science-based events ever held in the United States.

UCSF Research Shows Earlier Statin Treatment Can Be Cost-Effective

August 15, 2011 The advent of low-cost, generic forms of cholesterol-lowering drugs has shifted the equation in managing lower-risk patients with elevated cholesterol levels, according to a multicenter study led by researchers at UCSF.

Study Finds High Levels of Flame Retardant Chemicals in California Pregnant Women

August 10, 2011 A UCSF-led pilot study in San Francisco has found the highest levels ever reported among pregnant women worldwide of banned chemicals used in flame retardants, a likely result, they believe, of California’s strict flammability regulations.

Seeing a Health Expert Leads to Higher Rate of Flu Shots

August 09, 2011 As flu season approaches, health care providers need to do more to improve rates of influenza immunizations in lower-income communities, according to new research that identifies the factors that most influence when people obtain flu shots.

Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Elderly Women

August 09, 2011 Elderly women who suffer from sleep apnea -- characterized by disrupted breathing and sleep and a reduction in the intake of oxygen -- are about twice as likely to develop dementia in the next five years as those without the condition, according to a multi-center study led by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.

Gladstone Scientist Discovers Genetic Factor Implicated in Heartbeat Defect

August 08, 2011 A scientist at the Gladstone Institutes has discovered how gene regulation can make hearts beat out of sync, offering new hope for the millions who suffer from a potentially fatal heart condition.

What Steers Vampires to Blood

August 03, 2011 Scientists have known for years that when vampire bats tear through an animal’s skin with their razor-sharp teeth, their noses guide them to the best spots – where a precise bite will strike a vein and spill forth nourishing blood. But nobody knew exactly how bats knew where to bite – until now.

New Scorecard Identifies Patients at Highest Risk on Blood Thinners

August 03, 2011 A new and simple risk score may aid physicians in gauging the likelihood that a common drug will cause a hemorrhagic stroke or other major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation, potentially allowing wider but safer use of the effective drug.

New UCSF Cancer Care Affiliation with Community Hospital In Monterey

August 01, 2011 A new collaboration has begun between the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula that will enhance patient care and access to clinical trials.

UCSF and Kaiser Permanente Complete Massive Genotyping Project

July 21, 2011 The completion of a massive genotyping on a large and diverse population marks an unprecedented milestone in population-based genetics research and offers a unique and powerful resource to help answer research questions about aging, health and disease.

UCSF Study Highlights Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

July 20, 2011 Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.

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