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April 08, 2003
Scientists are now one step closer to understanding how HIV hides in cells and rears its ugly head once patients stop taking combination drug therapy, which can suppress viral loads to undetectable levels. The phenomenon reflects the existence of hidden populations of latently infected cells. As a result, patients must remain on therapy for life. Eradication of these cells could lead to a cure for HIV infection. However, researchers have been hampered by their inability to identify them.
April 04, 2003
UCSF’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing maintain their high national rankings in the new annual survey of the best graduate schools published by US News & World Report. Both rank in the top ten in the nation. The rankings appear in the April 14 edition of the magazine and in the book, America’s Best Graduate Schools, both on newsstands April 7.
April 03, 2003
Elderly patients may receive life-saving care by being hospitalized, but one of the costs may be a loss of independence after returning home. That is the finding of a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). “More than a third of the elderly in our study were less able to care for themselves after being in the hospital than before the illness that caused their hospitalization in the first place,” said the study’s lead author, Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH, staff physician at the SFVAMC and UCSF assistant professor of medicine.
April 02, 2003
With the help of volunteer staff and students from UCSF, members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and community members will plant hundreds of native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses at the summit of Mount Sutro on Saturday, April 5. The planting project is the first major step in implementation of a long-term plan to manage the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Two years ago, the summit was cleared of invasive weeds, including a nearly impenetrable, head-high mass of French broom. Native plants typically cannot compete with weeds.
April 01, 2003
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that the number of heart attack victims admitted to a regional hospital dropped by nearly 60 percent during the first six months that a smoke-free ordinance was in effect in the area.
April 01, 2003
UCSF Fresno’s Latino Center, Sunnyside High School and CSU Fresno Health Careers Opportunity Program will host the third-annual Medical Mania Conference for Doctor’s Academy high school students on Saturday, April 5. The one-day event is scheduled for 7:15am to 12:00pm at CSU Fresno University Center, Room 200.  Joan Voris, MD, associate dean for UCSF Fresno, will deliver the keynote address at CSU Fresno, University Center, Room 200.  Parents and students will be formally welcomed to CSU Fresno by campus provost, Dr. Michael Ortiz. 
March 31, 2003
There is good news and bad news about the war against antibiotic resistance in the United States, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). “The good news is antibiotics are being used less often in situations where they are not needed, such as to treat the common cold and mild bronchitis,” said Michael Steinman, MD, SFVAMC staff physician.
March 31, 2003
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.