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March 07, 2000
Many women are being treated for osteoporosis with medications and their progress is checked periodically with measurements of bone density. About one out of five women taking these agents appear to lose bone density during the first year of treatment, causing doctors to change the treatment.  But this loss may be misleading, according to a UC San Francisco study that showed women with the greatest amount of bone density loss during the first year of treatment for osteoporosis were the most likely to gain bone density when the
March 07, 2000
According to an article published in the February issue of The Gerontologist, nurse staff levels in the nation’s nursing homes are, on average, too low to assure quality care.  Moreover, the authors report that residents of nursing homes with limited nursing staff have a greater incidence of health problems. The article stems from an expert panel on nursing home care convened by the John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Division of Nursing at New York University.
March 07, 2000
Methadone maintenance is more effective in reducing heroin use among addicts than a 180 -day detoxification program that included an array of counseling services, a UC San Francisco study has found.
March 02, 2000
Most HIV-positive people who are homeless or live in low-income hotels are able to stick to the demanding drug schedules required by combination anti-viral therapy, a preliminary study has found. The study, led by researchers at UC San Francisco and published in the March issue of the journal AIDS, focused on the “urban indigent” population, in which mental illness, alcoholism and drug addiction are common.
February 29, 2000
Hospitals that handle a large volume of patients for several common surgeries or for HIV/AIDS, have significantly lower death rates for those conditions than lower volume hospitals, according to a recent University of California, San Francisco study.  The researchers say these findings may be used by Medicare and some employers to justify preferentially referring patients to high volume hospitals, a trend that merits further consideration.
February 28, 2000
A report recently released in Mexico City by Mental Disability Rights International documents the appalling conditions in Mexico’s mental health system and makes recommendations for bringing the system into conformity with international human rights conventions.
February 24, 2000
The seventh annual Women’s Health 2000 conference at UC San Francisco looks beyond health to include a range of topics important to women.  UCSF experts and guest speakers at the event will discuss how to develop negotiation skills, overcome gender expectations, assess unhealthy risk behaviors and get the most out of sex Women’s Health 2000 will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, March 18, at UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave.
February 23, 2000
First health forum of its kind gathered powerful group of academic, corporate and world health leaders to define action steps for creating global markets for drugs and vaccines
February 18, 2000
WASHINGTON, DC—In the early stages of fetal development, a nudge in the wrong direction can lead to irreparable birth defects, such as major brain and facial deformations.  New research from the University of California, San Francisco shows that a brief deprivation of vitamin A in the heads of developing chickens can generate these severe craniofacial deformities, and that dosing the chicken embryo with a regulatory protein can restore a near normal face.  The results suggest that, someday, carefully timed protein
February 17, 2000
The first mouse model genetically programmed to simulate motor deficits and brain alterations found in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders has been developed by a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, San Francisco, and the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease.  The research was led by Eliezer Masliah, M.D., of the UCSD Departments of Neurosciences and Pathology.