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December 05, 2000
Researchers led by investigators at the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that the protein alpha1-antichymotrypsin can double the accumulation of Alzheimer's disease-associated amyloid plaque in the brains of mice, suggesting a possible new target for therapy in humans.
December 04, 2000
Mammography is no more sensitive at detecting breast cancer in women with a family history of the disease than in women without it, according to a new study by University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center researchers and their colleagues. The new findings call into question a recommendation included in most screening guidelines - that women whose immediate relatives have had the disease should be screened at a younger age than women without such a family history.
December 04, 2000
UCSF researchers report that a new approach for delivering the potent growth factor VEGF into mice with coronary heart disease prompted the growth of blood vessels in damaged heart tissue, without causing side effects, offering hope for a treatment strategy for coronary heart disease that until now has met with setbacks. The finding is reported in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
December 04, 2000
Teenage smokers are more likely to quit because they are concerned about hurting others from secondhand smoke than because they fear for their own health, according to results of a survey published in the journal Pediatrics.
November 30, 2000
A novel therapy that employs the immune system to attack and kill prostate cancer cells has been found to slow disease progression in some men and decrease levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein in the blood that often indicates prostate cancer, a University of California, San Francisco study has found.
November 30, 2000
Thousands of lives would be spared if physicians prescribed beta-blockers for more people who have had heart attacks, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
November 29, 2000
A growing potential for conflicts of interest has prompted university-based medical research centers to take important steps to require researchers to disclose financial interests in companies that sponsor studies and to manage potential conflicts.
November 27, 2000
The Children’s Medical Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will dedicate its family resource center as the Resource Center at a reception at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 28, at UCSF Medical Center.  The center will receive computers, books, toys and other support materials from San Francisco-based BraveKids, a non-profit organization founded to help children with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.
November 19, 2000
Scientists have known for decades that poverty leads to higher rates of illness and mortality. More recent research led by UCSF faculty has shown that these effects don't end at the poverty line. In fact, health improves at each step of the social ladder.
November 16, 2000
UCSF researchers have exposed a single protein that can stimulate the maturation of the synapses, or junctures, through which nerve cells communicate a key signal to one another.