Scientists have discovered that a type of childhood leukemia starts with a genetic mutation in the womb and can take 12 years or more to progress into the life-threatening cancer - the longest “latency period” yet identified between the initiating genetic event and diagnosis of leukemia. Discovery of such a long time lag between the initial event and full development of leukemia suggests that even some adult leukemia may start in the womb, the researchers conclude.
May 29, 2002
May 28, 2002
Prostate cancer, which largely afflicts older men, is costly for Californians, accounting for more than $180 million in direct health care costs in 1998 and an additional $180 million in lost productivity resulting from premature death. Costs are likely to increase as life expectancy increases, according to UCSF researchers.
May 24, 2002
When the U.S. Senate takes up the issue of “therapeutic cloning” in the coming weeks, it will be considering a novel technique aimed at obtaining embryonic stem cells, which could potentially be used to treat such diseases as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and spinal cord injury.
May 24, 2002
Funding proven HIV prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa is 28 times more cost-effective than funding highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), even when HAART is priced extremely conservatively, according to UCSF researchers.
May 23, 2002
Eating potassium-rich foods such as bananas, tomatoes and orange juice can help prevent osteoporosis for postmenopausal women by decreasing calcium losses, according to a UCSF study. In postmenopausal women the consumption of excessive salt has been shown to increase the level of bone minerals excreted through urine, although salt does not seem to effect younger women or men in a similar fashion, said study author Deborah Sellmeyer, MD, UCSF assistant adjunct professor of endocrinology and metabolism.
May 22, 2002
Researchers at Columbia University and the University of California, San Francisco have halted the course of early stage Type 1 diabetes for a year by treating patients for two weeks with a new immune-suppressive drug which had only minor side effects. The year-long clinical trial is the first to stop the progression of Type 1 diabetes using a short-term therapy that specifically targets disease-causing T-cells of the immune system, the scientists report.
May 06, 2002
How would you like to see a doctor who takes the time to evaluate your smoking, alcohol and HIV/STD risks, and in about 15 minutes receive nonjudgmental support and advice about how to reduce risks and improve your health?
May 04, 2002
Teen-aged and young adult women who develop low-grade, benign lesions in the cervix due to human papilloma virus (HPV) have a 95 percent or better chance that the lesions will clear up on their own and not progress to a more advanced stage, a UCSF study shows.
May 03, 2002
In a finding that calls into question a prevailing belief about the way in which cancers develop and progress, researchers led by a UCSF scientist report that it may take only two interlocking genetic steps to cause tumors to develop.
May 02, 2002
While faculty members at the University of California, San Francisco generally feel great satisfaction in their work, women faculty members report much more difficulty with income levels, leadership opportunities, and support for their lives outside of the workplace, according to results of a survey released today. UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, commissioned the survey to gather information and help shape an ongoing effort to improve the climate for women faculty members.