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Cell Health Linked to Positive Mood Changes in Meditation

November 03, 2010 UCSF Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, and researcher Elissa Epel, PhD, are co-authors with UC Davis scientists of a paper showing that the positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater activity of the enzyme telomerase.

Pain, especially from arthritis, is common in the last two years of life, study finds

November 01, 2010 In the first study to look at the prevalence of pain experienced among older people during the last two years of life, researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center found that 46 percent of study participants suffered moderate to severe pain during their final four months of life.

Three Outstanding UCSF-Community Partnership Programs Receive Honors

November 01, 2010 UCSF recently honored the best in community partnerships, including programs that work with children, patients with developmental disabilities and the homeless.

Dried plum restores bone in aging mice, scientists report

October 05, 2010 A diet supplemented with powdered dried plum restored bone lost by mice during the course of normal aging, in a study led by Bernard P. Halloran, PhD, at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Health Policy Expert Explains How California Leads Nation in Health Care Reform

October 04, 2010 UCSF health policy expert Janet Coffman addresses some of the reasons why California is ahead of other states and the benefits of being first in health care reform.

Social Support is Key to Nursing Home Length of Stay Before Death

August 24, 2010 In a study of elderly Americans who moved to a nursing home for their final months or years of life, 80 percent died there within one year, according to an investigation by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Physicians call for more flexible end-of-life planning

August 16, 2010 Specialists in geriatric medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System call the traditional approach of advance care planning “fundamentally flawed,” and propose a new paradigm.

Blood Stem Cell, Leukemia Link Illuminated in UCSF-Led Study

August 16, 2010 A UCSF-led team has discovered at least one key reason why blood stem cells are susceptible to developing the genetic mutations that can lead to adult leukemia.

Proteins Linked with Alzheimer's, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases Found to Clump in Normal Aging

August 10, 2010 In neurodegenerative diseases, clumps of insoluble proteins appear in patients’ brains. These aggregates contain proteins that are unique to each disease, such as amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease, but they are intertwined with small amounts of many other insoluble proteins that are normally present in a soluble form in healthy young individuals.

Study recommends better care for terminally ill patients in emergency rooms

August 04, 2010 Hospital emergency departments need to be better adapted to the needs of terminally ill patients who are increasingly seeking palliative care in the emergency room, according to a study led by a physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Are Higher Testosterone Levels Associated with Greater Heart Risk?

August 03, 2010 Testosterone in men has become a hot health topic. New studies, including one by UCSF researchers, now are sparking a controversy over the role of testosterone in heart disease.

Brain training reverses age-related cognitive decline

July 19, 2010 Specialized brain training targeted at the regions of a rat’s brain that process sound reversed many aspects of normal, age-related cognitive decline and improved the health of the brain cells, according to a new study from researchers at UCSF.

Brain fitness program study reveals visual memory improvement in older adults

July 14, 2010 A commercial brain fitness program has been shown to improve memory in older adults, at least in the period soon after training. The findings are the first to show that practicing simple visual tasks can improve the accuracy of short-term, or “working” visual memory.

UCSF Program Cultivates Sense of Community Engagement

June 29, 2010 Playing soccer with kids in the Western Addition is one of the ways Chief Pediatric Resident Sonny Tat works to improve public health as part of the University Community Partnership program.

SFFD to Offer Neighborhood Emergency Response Training at UCSF

June 28, 2010 Faculty, staff, students and trainees can sign up to be trained as citizen first responders in the Neighborhood Emergency Response Training session at UCSF Mission Bay in July.

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