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Vitamin D: Not just for bones, says San Francisco VA physician

June 11, 2010 It is well-known that vitamin D is essential for strong and healthy bones. However, in an article in the online “In Press” section of “Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism,” a San Francisco VA Medical Center physician reviews recent scientific literature suggesting that the vitamin may also play a role in preventing cancer, fighting infection, and controlling or preventing auto-immune disease.

One-dose radiation found effective for early breast cancer

June 07, 2010 A single dose of radiation administered during surgery is as effective for patients with early forms of breast cancer as standard radiation therapy that can take as long as six weeks, according to new research findings.

UCSF Children's Hospital ranks among nation's best in eight specialties

June 03, 2010 UCSF Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties and is one of the top-ranked facilities in California, according to the new 2010-11 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Symposium to Address Unsolved Problems in BioMedicine to Honor Chancellor Emeritus

June 02, 2010 The UCSF community is invited to a symposium to address unsolved health problems, such as cancer and malaria, as a tribute to the 11-year tenure of Mike Bishop, MD, former chancellor of UCSF.

Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Showcases Research Progress

May 25, 2010 The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted an afternoon event on the Mission Bay campus on May 12 to showcase recent progress and current research directions in the fight against cancer.

Provenge, a New Prostate Cancer Vaccine, Will Soon Be Available at UCSF

May 21, 2010 The cancer vaccine sipuleucel-T -- now commercially branded as Provenge -- will soon be available at a select group of medical centers nationwide, including UCSF.

UCSF Turns to Targeted Treatments to Boost Brain Tumor Survival in Children

May 17, 2010 Targeted therapies tailored to the unique biology of brain tumors may offer renewed hope to children diagnosed with the number one cause of cancer death, according to faculty at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

Breakthrough method predicts risk of invasive breast cancer

April 28, 2010 For the first time, scientists have discovered a way to predict whether women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer – are at risk of developing more invasive tumors in later years.

Barrows Appointed Director of Clinical Programs at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

April 21, 2010 Kevin Barrows, MD, has been appointed as director of Clinical Programs for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

UCSF Medical Center Set to Break Ground at Mission Bay This Year

March 31, 2010 UCSF plans to begin construction of the new 289-bed children’s, women’s and cancer hospital complex at Mission Bay this year, says CEO Mark Laret.

UCSF appoints Bluestone as executive vice chancellor and provost

March 25, 2010 UCSF has appointed Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, a preeminent scientist and proven campus leader, as UCSF executive vice chancellor and provost.

US Launches Novel Clinical Trial to Rapidly Screen Promising Drugs for Breast Cancer Patients

March 18, 2010 Taking an innovative path toward personalized medicine, scientists for the first time will be able to eliminate – at an early point in a clinical trial — experimental drugs that show poor efficacy, dramatically shortening the time it takes to get the right medication to the right patient with breast cancer.

UCSF's Berger to Join NFL Committee on Concussions

March 17, 2010 Mitch Berger, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, has been named to the NFL’s newly renamed committee on head, neck and spine medical committee.

Blocking cancer in its path: New cellular defect discovered

March 16, 2010 UCSF researchers have discovered that a key cellular defect that disturbs the production of proteins in human cells can lead to cancer susceptibility. The scientists also found that a new generation of inhibitory drugs offers promise in correcting this defect.

Pancreatic cancer study reveals mechanism initiating disease, in mice

March 11, 2010 UCSF scientists have discovered how a mutated gene known as Kras is able to hijack mouse cells damaged by acute pancreatitis, putting them on the path to becoming pancreatic cancer cells.

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