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August 22, 2002
Nearly half of the donated lungs currently rejected for transplantation may actually be suitable, according to a preliminary study by scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco.
August 13, 2002
Tobacco companies have used their financial ties with nicotine gum and nicotine patch manufacturers to pressure these firms into weakening their marketing of the nicotine-replacement products, according to a UCSF study of tobacco industry documents. The examination of financial ties and conflicts of interest revealed that the parent company of one tobacco manufacturer also owned a firm that made nicotine gum, so the company profited both from selling tobacco products and drugs to break the tobacco addiction.
August 13, 2002
The National Institutes for Health have awarded the UCSF-Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) $8 million for five years to continue the pioneering research that led to its designation as the operational model for all CFARs nationally in 2000.
August 09, 2002
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August 08, 2002
Intel chairman Andy Grove has announced a $5 million matching grant to launch the establishment of a major new Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at The University of California, San Francisco. The “Grove Stem Cell Challenge” will fuel the new UCSF Stem Cell Discovery Fund, which is intended to fund basic studies in stem cell biology and their translation into clinical practice. The hope is that these studies could ultimately lead to treatments for such devastating diseases as diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
August 07, 2002
UCSF orthopedic surgeons are studying the long-term effects of a new spine repair surgery for osteoporosis sufferers.  Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, helps restore the original shape and function of bones in the back fractured as a result of osteoporosis—a medical condition in which bones are thinned or weakened.
August 06, 2002
TobaccoScam, a new website launched by a UCSF tobacco researcher, targets what it calls a 20-year, multi-million dollar effort by the tobacco industry to manipulate the restaurant industry as a political front to defeat local and state smoke-free measures and to protect tobacco sales worldwide.
August 06, 2002
Treating small lacerations to the hand with antibiotic ointment and a gauze dressing—instead of with stitches—is faster, less painful, and produces similar functional and cosmetic results, according to UCSF researchers.
August 05, 2002
UCSF researchers have found that twelve percent of urban gay and bisexual men have attempted suicide in their lifetime, a rate three times higher than the overall rate for American adult males.
July 23, 2002
Diabetes patients with low literacy are nearly twice as likely as patients with higher literacy to have poorly-controlled blood sugar and serious long-term diabetes complications, according to UCSF researchers. This study, which appears in the July 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), is the first to demonstrate that lower literacy is associated with worse health outcomes for patients with a chronic medical condition—even after accounting for patients’ educational attainment, age, race, insurance, and diabetes drug regimen.