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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.

Depression Linked with Increased Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

August 08, 2012 Depression was linked with an increased risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in a study of more than 1,000 men and women with heart disease conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Almost One Third of Iraq/Afghanistan Women Veterans with PTSD Report Military Sexual Trauma, Researchers Find

September 14, 2011 Thirty-one percent of women veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder reported military sexual trauma (MST), in contrast to one percent of men with PTSD, according to a study led by Shira Maguen, PhD, a psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Media Advisory: UCSF Experts on 9/11-Related Health Topics Available for Media Interviews

September 08, 2011 The tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 is just days away. UCSF is making available some of its world-class experts to talk about potential long-term medical implications from the events of 9/11.

Men's and Women's Immune Systems Respond Differently to PTSD

April 26, 2011 Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

UCSF Study Links Inflammation in Brain to Some Memory Decline

April 13, 2011 High levels of a protein associated with chronic, low-grade inflammation in the brain correlate with aspects of memory decline in otherwise cognitively normal older adults, according to a study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.

Study Links Heart Disease Risk Factors to Some Cognitive Decline

April 12, 2011 Older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists.

Study Finds Link Between Chronic Depression and Accelerated Immune Cell Aging

April 05, 2011 Certain cases of major depression are associated with premature aging of immune cells, which may make people more susceptible to other serious illness, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study.

Exercise May Prevent Impact of Stress on Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Health

April 04, 2011 UCSF scientists are reporting several studies showing that psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and, thus, health. The findings also suggest that exercise may prevent this damage.

Estrogen Therapy's Link With Dementia Risk Depends on Age When Taken, Study Finds

February 01, 2011 A new study led by Kristine Jaffe at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF, finds different results with estrogen therapy and dementia, depending on when a woman takes the hormone.

Blood Test Predicts Cognitive Decline, and "Cognitive Reserve" Protects Against That Decline, Study Shows

January 18, 2011 Low blood levels of beta-amyloid 42, a protein-like substance, were associated with the risk of significant cognitive decline within nine years in a group of elders, in a study led by Kristine Yaffe, MD, chief of geriatric psychiatry at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Cell Health Linked to Positive Mood Changes in Meditation

November 03, 2010 UCSF Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, and researcher Elissa Epel, PhD, are co-authors with UC Davis scientists of a paper showing that the positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater activity of the enzyme telomerase.

Chancellor, faculty named to Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 09, 2010 UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, will be inducted today into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, alongside some of the world’s other most distinguished scholars, artists and institutional leaders.

Food and addiction symposium on Friday, February 19

February 16, 2010 UCSF is sponsoring a one-day symposium for the Bay Area research community to bring awareness to the problem of how certain foods can cause an addictive-like state in the brain and are a hidden cause behind the nation's obesity epidemic.