Intel chairman Andy Grove has announced a $5 million matching grant to launch the establishment of a major new Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at The University of California, San Francisco. The “Grove Stem Cell Challenge” will fuel the new UCSF Stem Cell Discovery Fund, which is intended to fund basic studies in stem cell biology and their translation into clinical practice. The hope is that these studies could ultimately lead to treatments for such devastating diseases as diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
August 07, 2002
UCSF orthopedic surgeons are studying the long-term effects of a new spine repair surgery for osteoporosis sufferers. Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, helps restore the original shape and function of bones in the back fractured as a result of osteoporosis—a medical condition in which bones are thinned or weakened.
August 06, 2002
TobaccoScam, a new website launched by a UCSF tobacco researcher, targets what it calls a 20-year, multi-million dollar effort by the tobacco industry to manipulate the restaurant industry as a political front to defeat local and state smoke-free measures and to protect tobacco sales worldwide.
August 06, 2002
Treating small lacerations to the hand with antibiotic ointment and a gauze dressing—instead of with stitches—is faster, less painful, and produces similar functional and cosmetic results, according to UCSF researchers.
August 05, 2002
UCSF researchers have found that twelve percent of urban gay and bisexual men have attempted suicide in their lifetime, a rate three times higher than the overall rate for American adult males.
July 23, 2002
Diabetes patients with low literacy are nearly twice as likely as patients with higher literacy to have poorly-controlled blood sugar and serious long-term diabetes complications, according to UCSF researchers. This study, which appears in the July 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), is the first to demonstrate that lower literacy is associated with worse health outcomes for patients with a chronic medical condition—even after accounting for patients’ educational attainment, age, race, insurance, and diabetes drug regimen.
July 23, 2002
Passengers flying in airplanes with recirculated air report no more colds than do people traveling in planes using 100 percent fresh air for ventilation, according to a “natural experiment” conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and their colleagues. The study involved more than 1,000 passengers flying between the San Francisco Bay area and Denver during the winter and early spring of 1999. About 19 percent of passengers on planes with recirculated cabin air reported colds one week after the flight.
July 22, 2002
This month sixteen graduates of international dental schools will complete the first year in the UCSF School of Dentistry’s first International Dental Program (IDP). “UCSF was asked in 1997 by the California state legislature to consider providing this program for international dentists,” explained William Bird, DDS, DPh, UCSF clinical professor of prevention and restorative dental science and director of the IDP.
July 19, 2002
Twenty Bay Area high school students are participating in a six-week residential program designed to improve their knowledge in math and chemistry while exposing them to health profession careers at the University of California, San Francisco. The UCSF Health Sciences Enrichment Program (HSEP) began classes on June 17 with 16 students from UCSF’s partnership with San Francisco high schools (Thurgood Marshall, Phillip and Sala Burton and Mission) and four from Bay Area high schools.
July 16, 2002
WHAT: UCSF’s recently completed Islet and Cellular Transplantation Facility, where insulin-secreting islet cells can be retrieved from a donated pancreas, will allow UCSF surgeons this fall to perform Northern California’s first islet transplantation - an experimental treatment that restores the ability of Type 1 diabetics to produce their own insulin.