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Low Vitamin D Levels Are Associated With Greater Risk of Relapse in Childhood-Onset Multiple Sclerosis

January 20, 2010 Low vitamin D blood levels are associated with a significantly higher risk of relapse attacks in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who develop the disease during childhood, according to a study conducted by researchers from UCSF.

Even a small dietary reduction in salt could mean fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths

January 20, 2010 Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.

Trial Will Test Benefits of Yoga and Stretching among People at Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

January 19, 2010 Researchers hope that gentle yoga and active stretching will prove enjoyable and sustainable for people with metabolic syndrome, while also improving their health.

UCSF Provides Information on How to Help Haiti

January 15, 2010 There are many ways that the UCSF community can help survivors of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti.

Chancellor to Join Panel on Faculty Mentoring

January 15, 2010 The Faculty Mentoring Program invites the UCSF community to learn about the role of mentors in shaping careers during a panel discussion on January 25.

UCSF study analyzes California stem cell initiative progress

January 14, 2010 The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has overcome start-up challenges, been selectively influenced by criticism, and ultimately has adhered to its core mission, according to a new UCSF analysis published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). UCSF researchers Joel W. Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH, and Joanna K. Weinberg, JD, LLM, both with the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing, interviewed major stakeholders—supporters and opponents—and analyzed documents and meeting notes for the analysis.

UCSF to Celebrate MLK Week with Series of Events

January 14, 2010 The UCSF community is invited to hear UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake, a longtime UC leader and champion of diversity, deliver the keynote address on Friday during Martin Luther King, Jr. events.

Expert to Talk about Body's Natural Defenses in Preventing, Treating Cancer

January 14, 2010 Cancer survivor David Servan-Schreiber, a physician, neuroscientist and science writer, will speak about preventing and treating cancer at UCSF on Friday, Jan. 15.

Student Newspaper Interviews UCSF Chancellor

January 14, 2010 Despite tough financial challenges ahead, UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, says she's optimistic about the University’s future, according to Synapse, the student newspaper which posted a story following a Dec. 18 interview. Read the full story on the Synapse website.

Cognitively impaired elderly women get unneeded screening mammography, study finds

January 14, 2010 A significant percentage of U.S. women 70 years or older who were severely cognitively impaired received screening mammography that was unlikely to benefit them, according to a study of 2,131 elderly women conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.

UCSF Activates Disaster Assistance Team, Holds Town Hall Following Earthquake in Haiti

January 14, 2010 UCSF Emergency Management expert Christopher Jones will conduct a town hall meeting today (Jan. 14) at 3 p.m. in Toland Hall to discuss disaster assistance following Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

Nominations Sought for Chancellor's Awards by Jan. 29

January 13, 2010 Nominations are due January 29 for three chancellor’s awards recognizing exception service and management as well as public service.

UCSF Takes Lead on New JAMA Aging Series

January 13, 2010 A 12-part series produced and edited by the Division of Geriatrics will tackle topics related to aging and the challenges of caring for older individuals.

Nominations Due Jan. 15 for Advancement of Women Award

January 13, 2010 The nomination deadline is this Friday for the annual Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women.

UCSF launches resources on how to prevent toxic exposures in the environment

January 13, 2010 UCSF has launched online and print resources designed to help consumers make smarter decisions about substances that can harm general and reproductive health. A new brochure and web page include specific tips on reducing exposure to metals and synthetic chemicals in everyday life-- at home, at work, and in the community-- and provide links to other sources with more detailed information.

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