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October 20, 2002
UCSF-led researchers have developed a highly sensitive, automated test for detecting prions (PREE-on) that they report significantly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting the various forms of the infectious agent, which causes a set of neurodegenerative diseases, in cattle, sheep, deer and elk. Because the test is automated, the researchers say, it could be used for high-throughput testing of brain samples of cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow” disease, as well as deer and elk with chronic wasting disease (CWD).
October 17, 2002
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $4.5 million to UCSF’s Institute for Global Health, in partnership with UCSF’s AIDS Research Institute, to create the Center for International AIDS Support, Training, and Evaluation (CIASTE).  The partnership also will include the University of Washington’s Center for AIDS and STDs through its International Training and Education Center on HIV.
October 17, 2002
Valencia Health Services, a nurse practitioner-run clinic located in San Francisco’s Mission district, has received a $2, 091,007 grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to expand primary health care to a diverse population of underserved families and children.
October 15, 2002
Of cancers detected by screening mammography, approximately 20 percent are ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive tumor contained within the walls of the breast duct, according to a multi-state study led by UCSF researchers. The researchers found that the likelihood of DCIS diagnosis increases with age and, overall, one in every 1300 screening mammograms results in a diagnosis of DCIS.
October 14, 2002
A newly recommended treatment for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection can cause liver injury, and therefore needs to be used with great caution and frequent monitoring, according to a UCSF-led, multi-center study. The research reporting the increased liver injury from the drugs, rifampin and pyrazinamide, was conducted by investigators at UCSF, Boston University, and Emory University and appears in the October 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
October 14, 2002
Tissue cells that are destined to become fat cells can be converted to true bone cells in response to signals sent from outside the cell, according to a study at the University of California, San Francisco.
October 14, 2002
Both drugs and psychological intervention alone or together can help smokers stay away from cigarettes for the short term but not long term, according to a study on smoking cessation at the University of California, San Francisco. This was the first smoking cessation study that compared nortriptyline, a drug used to treat depression, and a drug that has FDA approval for smoking cessation treatment—- sustained release bupropion—-as well as psychological intervention.
October 10, 2002
The UCSF Center for the Health Professions will celebrate its ten-year anniversary on October 14, 2002 with a day-long symposium. * WHAT: UCSF Center for Health Professions 10 -year Anniversary Symposium * WHERE: Laurel Heights Conference Center, 3333 California, SF * TIME: October 14, 2002, 9a.m. to 5p.m.  Reception to follow.
October 09, 2002
One of the most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking cigarettes.  A study beginning this month at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center will test whether hypnosis can help smokers fight off their cigarette cravings. “Smokers in this study will learn how to use self-hypnosis skills to strengthen their resolve, particularly at the moment of a craving,” said researcher Tim Carmody, PhD, director of health psychology at SFVAMC and UCSF clinical professor of psychiatry.
October 07, 2002
## 15 Seconds: San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center will conduct a clinical trial this fall intended to help patients suffering severe brain damage as a result of accidents or assaults.  The study will involve lowering patien’s body temperature.  For more information, call 415/206-3220. ## 20 Seconds:

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