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Improving Health By Our Own Devices

November 26, 2012 Five UCSF scientists — bioengineers Tejal Desai and Shuvo Roy, MD/PhD candidate Mozziyar Etemadi, microbiologist Joe DeRisi, and physician/surgeon Michael Harrison — trace their path toward five inventions that are changing the face of medicine in a story featured in the new UCSF Magazine.

Alcohol Drinking Behavior Reduced By Inhibiting Brain Protein in Rodents

November 26, 2012 Decreasing the level of a key brain protein led to significantly less drinking and alcohol-seeking behavior in rats and mice that had been trained to drink, according to a study by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF.

Massive Genomics Project Answers Questions, Poses New Ones in Health, Genetics and Aging

November 21, 2012 People with the shortest telomeres really do have a date with the Grim Reaper, according to new data coming out of the largest and most diverse genomics, health and longevity project in the nation.

Gender Differences in PTSD Risk May Be Due to Heightened Fear Conditioning in Women

November 19, 2012 Women exposed to trauma may be at greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder because of a heightened fear response, according to a new study.

Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells

November 16, 2012 A preliminary UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at a biological measure of longevity.

Cigarette Pack Health Warning Labels in US Lag Behind World

November 16, 2012 A new UCSF study shows the evolution of stricter labeling laws country by country has proceeded in fits and starts, thanks largely to efforts by the tobacco industry to block their spread around the world.

Amputee Athletes Maximize Their Physical Potential at UCSF

November 16, 2012 More than 60 amputee athletes recently participated in the first civilian training program of its kind designed to assist amputees in maximizing their physical potential through a broad range of resources offered by the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Mosaic Project: Connecting the UCSF Community Through Art

November 15, 2012 More than 60 volunteers turned out on a recent weekend to break up, lay down, and glue over 7,200 pieces of tile, mirrors, glass gems, and other materials to create an inspiring mosaic art piece at the pool area at UCSF's Parnassus campus.

Personalized Medicine From Genomics and Bioinformatics Highlighted at UCSF Genetics Symposium

November 14, 2012 Personalized medicine advances arising from genetic discoveries were the primary focus of wide-ranging presentations at the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics 2012 Symposium on Nov. 5.

Genital Injuries: Painful Yet Mostly Preventable

November 13, 2012 A comprehensive survey of genital injuries over the last decade involving mishaps with consumer products — like overzealous zipping — that brought adults to U.S. emergency rooms reveals that such accidents are common and may be preventable, according to doctors at UCSF.

UCSF Receives $2 Million to Advance UC-Wide Biobanking Initiative

November 09, 2012 UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has been awarded $2 million to advance a biobanking project involving the five University of California campuses.

AAMC Board Chair Mark Laret Calls On Academic Medical Centers to 'Think Differently'

November 08, 2012 Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, says academic medical centers must reconsider their traditions, practices and culture to thrive amidst significant funding cuts.

Even Yeast Mothers Sacrifice All for Their Babies

November 08, 2012 A mother’s willingness to sacrifice her own health and safety for the sake of her children is a common narrative across cultures — and by no means unique to humans alone. Now an unexpected discovery at UCSF shows that even yeast “mothers” do it, giving all to their offspring — even at the cost of their own lives.

Chernobyl Cleanup Workers Had Significantly Increased Risk of Leukemia

November 08, 2012 A 20-year study following 110,645 workers who helped clean up after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident shows that the workers share a significant increased risk of developing leukemia.

Passage of Proposition 30 Puts Education on Path to Fiscal Stability

November 07, 2012 The University of California will avoid $250 million in spending cuts this year, after voters Tuesday approved Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's signature tax measure.

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