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January 11, 2002
Did you know that 30 minutes of your time and one unit of your blood can help save up to three lives?  Jean Katz, RN, BSN, PHN, clinical nurse supervisor of the UCSF Blood Donor Center, said that most people don’t realize how precious the gift of blood is or how important this contribution is to our community.  “I call blood donations ‘liquid gold’ and know that more people would donate blood if they had an understanding of how important one unit can be,” Katz said.
January 11, 2002
Children improperly restrained in toddler and infant car seats are at risk to be injured, according to a recent study by investigators at the San Francisco Injury Center (SFIC). The researchers note that it is likely that similar installation errors will occur with booster seats. New regulations mandate booster seats for children up to age six or weighing up to 60 pounds.
January 08, 2002
## KS-ASSOCIATED HERPESVIRUS EPIDEMIC IN SF GAY MEN PREDATES HIV EPIDEMIC, UCSF STUDY FINDS A high percentage of San Francisco gay men were infected with Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), the virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), in 1978 before the onset of the HIV epidemic, , according to UCSF researchers.
January 08, 2002
A common osteoporosis drug can reduce breast cancer in postmenopausal women with high estrogen levels, but produces no reduction in risk for women whose estrogen levels are very low, according to a UCSF study. Researchers found that raloxifene administered to a selected population of women reduced their rate of breast cancer by 76 percent. The study was published in the January 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
December 30, 2001
Philip Morris tobacco company launched a hidden campaign in the 1990s to change the standards of scientific proof needed to demonstrate that secondhand smoke was dangerous...
December 04, 2001
The smoking rate could be cut dramatically across the U.S. if political will is applied to do it. In California, the rate could be cut to ten percent in just five years, according to an analysis by University of California, San Francisco researchers.
December 01, 2001
A recent study at the University of California, San Francisco assessed specialists' attitudes toward primary care physicians in the gatekeeper role, finding the attitudes are influenced by practice settings and by financial interests that may be threatened by referral restrictions.
November 26, 2001
A UCSF-led team is reporting striking results in mice that indicate that a molecule known as HIF-1 could prove an effective target for inducing the growth of blood vessels in oxygen-starved tissues.
November 19, 2001
People who care for their frail elderly relatives instead of putting them in nursing homes frequently miss work or leave their jobs entirely, according to research from San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).
November 15, 2001
In a discovery that demonstrates a clear link between the mind and body at a molecular level, scientists have shown that a chemical signal which normally allows nerve cells to communicate with each other –to alter sleep cycles, for example -- can also re-direct actions of the immune system.

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