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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
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. 
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.
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 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 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.