Current hospice care is modeled on patients who have diseases, such as cancer, which are characterized by rapid declines in the ability to care for oneself shortly before death. This model is inadequate for elderly who are dependent on others for basic daily care and whose decline toward death may take years, according to researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).
March 27, 2003
UCSF’s Center for Science Education and Outreach will welcome more than 500 eighth-grade students and parents to “Plan on College!” on May 3. This one-day event is designed to provide resources and encouragement to San Francisco and Daly City families unfamiliar with college preparation and admissions procedures.
March 26, 2003
Attempting to resolve a long-standing controversy, UCSF researchers have shown that people suffering from chronic pain due to nervous system damage - known as neuropathic pain—improved significantly after an eight-week course of the morphine-like medication levorphanol. Neuropathic pain affects about three million people in the U.S., and is considered very difficult to treat.
March 25, 2003
Patients with tumors along the spinal cord or in other critical locations can now benefit from state-of-the-art treatment that directs high-dose radiation at the tumor while preserving healthy tissues. A non invasive procedure, it is the latest development in stereotactic radiosurgery technology and goes by the name CyberKnife. UCSF Medical Center is one of only 12 health care institutions in the country offering this treatment to patients.
March 24, 2003
The sculpting of the face during embryonic development - the physical molding that determines what we will look like - may remain open to change much longer than had been thought, according to research by UCSF scientists. While this prolonged period means the developing face has increased vulnerability to environmental insults in utero, the plasticity also provides more opportunity for repair and restoration of facial defects in utero as new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are developed to allow earlier intervention, the researchers say.
March 24, 2003
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco have received five prestigious UC Discovery Grants, including the largest ever awarded to a biomedical researcher in the program.
March 20, 2003
Two young, black scientists at the University of California, San Francisco—with scientific achievements already behind them - are working to achieve another goal, as well - to change the ethnic landscape of the biomedical sciences.
March 20, 2003
A crowd of 600 women of all ages and from all parts of the Bay Area will gather to learn about their unique health needs at the 10th Annual UCSF Women’s Health 2020 Conference Saturday, March 22. The morning keynote speech by California Senator Jackie Speier will be followed by UCSF faculty presentations on 30 topics. Opportunities occur throughout the day for women to get screenings and other one-on-one health attention.
March 18, 2003
Writers and poets will present work that emerged from their experience of facing cancer and illness at “Healing Words,” a fundraiser for the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center on Saturday, March 29.
March 06, 2003
UCSF scientists have identified for the first time a molecule that directs neurons to form connections with each other during an animal’s early development - creating synapses essential to all behavior. The molecule may be one of only a few “matchmaker” proteins that instruct one type of neuron to form a synapse with another type, essentially wiring up the body during embryological development, the researchers say. Such molecules have been sought for decades, but this is the first discovered in a living animal.