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Beta blockers reduce risk of death after surgery, study finds

September 28, 2010 Surgical patients with known heart disease risks who are given beta blockers around the time of surgery have a significantly reduced risk of post-operative death compared with patients not given beta blockers, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Surgery better than radiation, hormone treatments for some prostate cancer, study shows

August 05, 2010 Surgery for localized prostate cancer offers a significantly higher survival rate than either external-beam radiation or hormonal therapies, according to a new study led by researchers at UCSF.

UCSF Transplant Team Challenges Stanford to a "Throw-down"

August 03, 2010 UCSF has challenged Stanford in a competition to register organ, eye and tissue donors that runs throughout the month of August.

San Francisco Chronicle Profiles Pediatric Surgeon Diana Farmer

May 25, 2010 Diana Farmer, the world's first female fetal surgeon, shares her story from her early years as a self-described science geek to her current role as an advocate for high-quality patient care.

Grant Supports UCSF Research in Lead Cause of Trauma Deaths

May 20, 2010 Mitchell Cohen, MD, UCSF assistant professor of surgery, has received a $225,000 research grant from the National Trauma Institute to investigate the timing and mechanism of traumatic coagulopathy.

Space station experiment will probe failure of immune system in space

March 31, 2010 In April 2010, personnel aboard the International Space Station plan to carry out an experiment designed by a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher that will investigate why the immune system’s T cells stop working in the absence of gravity. The experiment has implications for understanding the body’s ability to mount an immune response on earth, as well.

Benefits of osteoporosis treatments outweigh possible risk of rare femoral fractures

March 24, 2010 The occurrence of an unusual type of fracture of the femur, or the thigh bone, is very low in patients with osteoporosis, including those treated with the drug family known as bisphosphonates, according to a new study led by a team of UCSF epidemiologists.

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 Doctors Return from Medical Mission Treating Haitian Earthquake Survivors

February 12, 2010 A month after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, UCSF anesthesiologists report that more volunteers are needed to help earthquake survivors.

UCSF Pediatric Surgeon to be Inducted into Royal College of Surgeons

January 12, 2010 UCSF’s Diana Farmer, the world’s first female fetal surgeon, will be inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) on January 20 -- becoming only the second US female surgeon to be bestowed this prestigious honor.

Surgeon, Writer Atul Gawande to Discuss How Checklists Can Transform Health Care

January 11, 2010 Atul Gawande, a bestselling author and renowned health expert, will present findings from his new book at a January 13 talk at UCSF.

Magazine Names UCSF's Maa One of Country's Leading Advocates for Health Care Reform

December 14, 2009 John Maa says doctors must play a larger role in the effort to improve U.S. health policy and practice.

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