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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.
May 02, 2002
Combined program of cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment for pediatric heart disease benefits children in Sacramento, Northern California Two top Northern California academic medical institutions have joined forces to establish a world-class pediatric heart center in Sacramento that will identify and treat infants and children born with congenital heart disease.
May 01, 2002
The pain and stiffness suffered by a quarter of a million people with the inflammatory spinal condition ankylosing spondylitis can be significantly relieved with a drug already approved for rheumatoid arthritis, according to results of a clinical trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
April 29, 2002
The University of California, San Francisco ranked as the fourth largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funds among all institutions in 2001, receiving $350.4 million in the highly competitive process. Total NIH research funding to UCSF increased more than $29 million last year, according to the recently announced rankings.
April 29, 2002
Efforts to reduce Emergency Department (ED) use among the homeless should focus on the needs of the small percentage that seek care repeatedly, according to a new study by UCSF researchers. Though other population-based studies of the homeless have shown high rates of ED use, this study is among the first to look at repeat utilization among individuals, according to lead investigator, Margot Kushel, MD, UCSF assistant professor of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center (SFGHMC).