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MS study suggests key role of environmental factor in the disease

April 28, 2010 Scientists are reporting what they say is compelling evidence that some powerful non-heritable, environmental factor likely plays a key role in the development of multiple sclerosis.

Alcoholics who stay sober have healthier brain reward systems than those who relapse

April 28, 2010 In a study of alcoholics who entered treatment for drinking, those who stayed sober for at least one year had the same levels of key biochemical indicators of brain health as non-alcoholic controls at the time they entered treatment. In contrast, the study showed, those who relapsed during that year had significantly lower levels of those indicators.

UCSF ranks among top five medical schools in new "U.S. News" survey

April 15, 2010 The UCSF School of Medicine is ranked among the top five medical schools in the nation in a new survey on “America’s Best Graduate Schools” conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Statins may slow progression of multiple sclerosis, new study finds

April 14, 2010 A UCSF-led study examining the impact of statins on the progression of multiple sclerosis found a lower incidence of new brain lesions in patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drug in the early stages of the disease as compared to a placebo.

New studies reveal age-related nerve decline is associated with inflammation and differs by gender

April 14, 2010 New research investigating neurological decline in a population of “super healthy” elderly subjects found that the decline in neurological function of the peripheral nervous system attributed to aging may be related to metabolic factors, such as blood sugar levels, even if these factors are within the normal range.

Institute of Medicine study led by UCSF's Hauser links Gulf War to health problems

April 09, 2010 A new report by the Institute of Medicine has found that military service in the Persian Gulf War is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some veterans.

UCSF's Hauser appointed by President Obama to Bioethics Commission

April 08, 2010 Stephen L. Hauser, MD, the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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.

Ritalin boosts learning by increasing brain plasticity

March 08, 2010 Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning.

Four Professors to Receive Distinguished Teaching, Mentoring Awards

March 02, 2010 Four professors will receive this year’s distinction in teaching and mentoring awards at a ceremony at UCSF on April 14.

Stress-affected brain region is smaller in veterans with PTSD

March 01, 2010 A specific region of the hippocampus, a brain structure that is essential to memory, is significantly smaller in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder than in those without the condition, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Low Vitamin D Levels Are Associated With Greater Risk of Relapse in Childhood-Onset Multiple Sclerosis

January 20, 2010 Low vitamin D blood levels are associated with a significantly higher risk of relapse attacks in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who develop the disease during childhood, according to a study conducted by researchers from UCSF.

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