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Thompson Funded to Study Household Air Pollution Among Low-Income Communities in Guatemala

October 23, 2014 Lisa Thompson, RN, PhD, associate professor in the UCSF School of Nursing, along with Anaite Diaz from Universidad del Valle and Christina Espinoza, co-founder of GenteGas SA, has won a Phase I grant award through Grand Challenges Canada, a global health organization funded by the Canadian government.

UCSF Team Learns More About Why Airway Closes Up During Asthma Attacks

October 15, 2014 The molecular regulation of smooth-muscle contraction is an important determinant of airway responses during an acute asthmatic attack. In acute asthma, various triggers, including viral illnesses and aeroallergens, can cause acute narrowing of the airways leading to a life-threatening respiratory crisis and sometimes death.

Asthma Researcher Makes Rare Leap from Graduate School to UCSF Principal Investigator and Professor

November 05, 2012 Most young scientists fresh out of graduate school are content to begin a post-doctoral fellowship, working for an established faculty member. But for Christopher Allen, PhD, award-winning research in asthma meant the fast-track onto UCSF’s faculty.

NIH Fosters High-Risk, High-Reward Innovation at UCSF

September 13, 2012 Biomedical researchers at UCSF have won five of 51 prestigious National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator awards for high-risk, high-reward research, each receiving up to $1.5 million over five years.

Common Antibiotic Helps Lethal Lung Disease

August 26, 2011 A common antibiotic can help reduce the severe wheezing and other acute symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a large, multicenter clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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).

UCSF Nurse Calls Attention to Indoor Air Pollution in Guatemala

June 20, 2011 UCSF family practice nurse Lisa Thompson is calling attention to the dangers of rustic stoves – which use biomass fuels such as wood, coal, animal dung and crop residue – and result in harmful pollutants adversely affecting people in developing countries.

UCSF Studies Examine Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns for Children

May 25, 2011 Two new studies led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found some antibiotics may be overused for children with asthma and urinary tract infections.

Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities in the Airway

February 17, 2011 Asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways, a finding that could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease, according to a new UCSF-led study.

High-dose aspirin reduces pain for severe headache and migraine

September 21, 2010 An inexpensive, hundred-year-old therapy for pain – aspirin – is effective in high doses for the treatment of severe headache and migraine caused by drug withdrawal, according to a new study by researchers with the UCSF Headache Center.

Immune Tolerance Network offers key breakthrough in blood vessel disease

July 16, 2010 Results of a clinical trial through the UCSF-sponsored Immune Tolerance Network may offer the first new treatment in 40 years for the devastating blood vessel disease known as anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis.

UCSF Launches Doctoral Program in Epidemiology & Translational Science

July 14, 2010 UCSF is accepting applications up to August 1 for the kick-off of a new Doctoral Program in Epidemiology and Translational Science this fall.

Genetic ancestry data improve diagnosis in asthma and lung disease

July 07, 2010 Americans with lung disease may face a far greater level of lung damage than either they or their doctor suspect, depending on their individual genetic heritage, according to a study released July 7. The research implications range from diagnosing the severity of asthma to disability decisions or eligibility for lung transplants, researchers say.

Re-Released Book Cites Historical Cases Leading to Today's Toxic Environment

June 24, 2010 The oil spill crisis in the Gulf Coast underscores the importance of implementing effective regulation through a proactive strategy to protect public health, according to UCSF’s Paul Blanc, the author of a re-released book.

Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Bacterium Reveals its Deadly Secrets

April 22, 2010 Insight into pneumonia deaths due to antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections emerges from UCSF study.

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