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May 16, 2003
An emotionally-charged exchange of letters between strangers that began with the start of the school year last fall will end in a dramatic reading June 4 in San Rafael. The correspondents are students and seriously ill people; their letters contain passages that are both bold and eloquent.
May 16, 2003
Children who visit the Bay Area’s three Build-A-Bear Workshop stores will get a chance to give extra comfort to their peers in the hospital thanks to the third annual Stuffed With Hugs event. The first 200 visitors to each store will get to make a bear for free. The bears will be donated to UCSF Children’s Hospital, part of UCSF Medical Center, where parents bring their children from throughout Northern California for treatment of complex medical conditions.
May 15, 2003
Why do serious diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Huntington's mainly hit us in middle age or later? The links between aging and age-related diseases have proved elusive.
May 14, 2003
A retrospective study of stroke cases at two major academic medical centers, led by University of California, San Francisco neurologists, indicates that chiropractic manipulation of the neck can cause vertebral artery dissection, a tearing of the vertebral artery leading to the brain that causes stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Evidence from the study also suggests that spinal manipulative therapy may exacerbate pre-existing vertebral artery dissections.
May 14, 2003
Total National Institutes of Health research funding to UCSF increased by $15 million last year, according to the newly announced rankings. UCSF was the fourth largest recipient of NIH research funds among all institutions in 2002, receiving $365.4 million in the highly competitive process. UCSF’s School of Dentistry and the UCSF School of Pharmacy each ranked first nationally for 2002, as they do routinely. The School of Dentistry received 47 awards totaling $17.6 million, and the School of Pharmacy received 42 awards totaling about $19.5 million.
May 06, 2003
A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center indicates that people with bipolar disorder may suffer progressive brain damage. “For the first time, our study supports the idea that there may be on-going damage to certain regions of the brain as the illness progresses,” said the study’s lead author Raymond Deicken, MD. Deicken is the medical director of the Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF associate professor of psychiatry.
May 05, 2003
UCSF officials will meet this month with members of the campus community and public to discuss the future of UCSF Medical Center inpatient facilities, which must be largely replaced to meet the growing demand for specialized care and upcoming deadlines for state-mandated seismic safety standards.
May 01, 2003
Five faculty scientists at UCSF have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist. The new elections bring to 30 the number of UCSF faculty who are members of the Academy.
April 30, 2003
Ira Herskowitz, PhD, one of the country’s leading geneticists, whose studies on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae yielded major insights into the fundamental aspects of cells and who was a pioneer in pharmacogenetics—the study of the way natural variations in individuals’ genes affect their response to drugs - has died. Herskowitz, 56, was Hertzstein Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and co-director of the UCSF Program in Human Genetics.
April 30, 2003
The risk of newborn death or disability is highest for the smallest babies, so doctors continually seek better interventions and more precise diagnostic tools to identify and protect the most vulnerable.