Recent articles by Lauren Hammit

10 Heart Healthy Tips from the UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart & Vascular Disease

December 20, 2010
’Tis the season for temptations, with holiday dinners and treats nearly everywhere we turn. So stick a fork into these 10 tips from the UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease.

New Imaging Advance Illuminates Immune Response in Breathing Lung

December 20, 2010
In a recent UCSF-led study in mice, researchers developed a method to stabilize living lung tissue for imaging without disrupting the normal function of the organ. The method allowed the team to observe, for the first time, both the live interaction of living cells in the context of their environment and the unfolding of events in the immune response to lung injury.

Cell of origin for brain tumors may predict response to therapy

December 14, 2010
For patients with glioma, the most common primary brain tumor, new findings may explain why current therapies fail to eradicate the cancer. A UCSF-led team of scientists has identified for the first time that progenitor rather than neural stem cells underly a type of glioma called oligodendroglioma.

UCSF appoints Navarro first-ever Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach

December 02, 2010
The University of California, San Francisco has appointed an exceptional physician and campus leader in the health sciences as its first vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, charged with creating and maintaining a diverse university environment where everyone has an opportunity to excel.

Reducing salt in teen diet could have big impact on future health

November 15, 2010
Cutting back on salt in teenagers’ diets by as little as one-half teaspoon, or three grams, a day, could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by 44 to 63 percent, according to new research presented Sunday, Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 meeting in Chicago.

UC Launches Center for Health Quality and Innovation to Bridge UC Campuses

October 25, 2010
The University of California today launched the Center for Health Quality and Innovation to promote key innovations across campuses, including several UCSF programs, to further enhance its delivery of patient care.

High-dose aspirin reduces pain for severe headache and migraine

September 21, 2010
An inexpensive, hundred-year-old therapy for pain – aspirin – is effective in high doses for the treatment of severe headache and migraine caused by drug withdrawal, according to a new study by researchers with the UCSF Headache Center.

Health impact of Gulf Coast oil spill hazardous but improving

August 16, 2010
The oil spill along the United States Gulf Coast poses health risks to volunteers, fishermen, clean-up workers and members of coastal communities, according to a new commentary by UCSF researchers who spent time in the region and are among the first to look into health problems caused by the oil spill. The good news, the authors say, is that one of the risk factors, coastal air quality, is improving now that the oil leak has been stopped.

Cholesterol levels in young adults predict risk of future heart disease

August 02, 2010
Young people with even modestly elevated cholesterol levels are more likely to develop coronary artery calcium and atherosclerosis later in life, according to a study by UCSF researchers.

UCSF Gene Therapy Method Allays Parkinson's Symptoms

July 21, 2010
A novel technique created at UCSF to deliver a growth factor directly to brain cells has shown promising results in treating Parkinson's symptoms and could enter human clinical trials as early as next year.