The trouble with most anti-anxiety drugs is that they tend to sedate, not just relax. A research team led by scientists at UCSF’s Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center has shown that de-activating a common enzyme in neurons reduces anxiety without inducing sedation. The study in mice suggests a new route to treat anxiety while avoiding sedating and possibly addicting effects. The research, published in the October issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, also showed that blocking the enzyme reduced levels of stress hormones.
October 02, 2002
September 30, 2002
UCSF researchers have found that macrophages-literally “big eaters,” normally key immune defense cells that engulf and devour bacteria and tumor cells-when taken from HIV-infected lymphoma patients and injected into mice, induced aggressive mouse T-cell lymphomas in the mice. Macrophages from healthy donors did not.
September 30, 2002
Maurice Sokolow, MD, a cardiologist and an international expert in hypertension, died Thursday of cancer at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. He was 91 years old. “Sokolow was a pioneer in the field of hypertension, including the effects of stress on blood pressure,” said Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, UCSF chair of the department of medicine and professor of medicine, “and he was a beloved member of the UCSF community since 1936.”
September 30, 2002
With the help of data from the Human Genome Project, UCSF scientists have developed a new technique for screening tumors that highlights the role of a non-genetic mechanism in cancer. The researchers say the approach, which they applied to the study of human brain tumors, “widens the lens” on the cancer genome, and could lead to new therapeutic targets.
September 28, 2002
A new study heightens concerns that Cipro and related broad-spectrum antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones are being over-prescribed, accelerating bacterial resistance to the drugs and reducing their ability to treat infections.
September 27, 2002
There is a growing chasm between the practice of dentistry in the U.S. and the oral health needs of the nation, according to a recent study “The Growing Challenge of Health Care in America” published in the September 5 issue of Health Affairs.
September 23, 2002
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced a grant of $1,345,320 over five years to the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry to provide improved access to dental care and increase student enrollment numbers of underrepresented minority and low-income students.
September 17, 2002
The University of California, San Francisco this week has begun distributing the first of its two human embryonic stem cell lines to academic researchers, increasing the opportunity for scientists around the world to study the therapeutic potential of the cells. The UCSF cells are being sent to nine academic researchers in the United States and two in England, the total number of scientists who, to date, have completed formal requests to study the cells. The scientists include ten from universities and one from the National Institutes of Health.
September 16, 2002
The new eight-story Women’s Health Center will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, September 21 at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 2356 Sutter Street. The festivities will include the “Passport to Health” fair which features health information and screenings free of charge to the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Haile T. Debas, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Nancy Milliken, MD, director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will lead a formal dedication ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m.
September 13, 2002
Fans of some the world’s fastest men and women runners—and people of any age who enjoy a good walk or run—are invited to the Champions Run for Children 2002. Scheduled for Sunday, September 15 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the event is a benefit for the UCSF Pediatric AIDS Program. The festival begins with sign-ups at 8 am and the 9 a.m. Jamba Juice 5K Banana Man Chase, where adults and children can win prizes by racing a bunch of very tall bananas.