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UCSF Finds New Bee Viruses, Offers Baseline to Study Colony Collapse

June 07, 2011 A 10-month study of healthy honey bees by UCSF scientists has identified four new viruses that infect bees, while revealing that each of the viruses or bacteria previously linked to colony collapse is present in healthy hives as well.

New Glioblastoma Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase 2 Trial

June 06, 2011 Results of a multicenter Phase 2 clinical trial on a new brain cancer vaccine tailored to a patient’s own tumor show that the vaccine was safe and less toxic than conventional treatments and that it could extend survival for people with recurrent glioblastoma – a deadly type of brain cancer.

Media Advisory: UCSF Doctors to Participate in Head-Shaving Cancer Fundraiser

June 06, 2011 In a bold demonstration of support for children fighting cancer, several UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital doctors and staff will have their heads shaved bald at a special event to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.

Reforms Needed for Compassionate Release of Prison Inmates

June 02, 2011 The nation’s system of freeing some terminally ill prisoners on grounds of compassionate release is so riddled with medical flaws and procedural barriers that many potentially medically eligible inmates are dying behind bars, say UCSF researchers in a new study.

Low Vitamin D Levels Seen as Multiple Sclerosis Risk for African Americans, UCSF Study Finds

May 27, 2011 In the first major study exploring the connection between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis in African Americans, a team of scientists at UCSF has discovered that vitamin D levels in the blood are lower in African Americans who have the disease, compared to African Americans who do not.

UCSF Studies Examine Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns for Children

May 25, 2011 Two new studies led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found some antibiotics may be overused for children with asthma and urinary tract infections.

Brisk Walking May Help Men with Prostate Cancer, UCSF Study Finds

May 24, 2011 A study of 1,455 U.S. men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer has found a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression, according to scientists at UCSF and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Diabetes Guidelines Linked to Severe Low Blood Sugar in Frail Elderly

May 20, 2011 When an independent senior health program implemented new recommended diabetes blood sugar guidelines, episodes of severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) tripled among frail elderly patients, according to a study led by Sei J. Lee, MD, a geriatrician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Childhood Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Future GI Complications

May 19, 2011 Individuals who are treated for cancer during childhood have a significantly higher risk of developing gastrointestinal (GI) complications — from mild to severe — later in life, according to a study led by UCSF.

UCSF Team Discovers Key to Fighting Drug-Resistant Leukemia

May 18, 2011 Targeting a protein that leukemia cells use to stay alive may be the key to fighting drug-resistant leukemia, a discovery that may make cancer drugs more powerful and help doctors formulate drug cocktails to cure more children of leukemia, a team led by UCSF researchers reports.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Among Nation's Best in Nine Specialties

May 17, 2011 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in nine specialties and is one of the top-ranked facilities in California, according to the new 2011-2012 Best Children’s Hospitals survey conducted by the U.S. News Media Group.

UCSF Taps Jaime Sepulveda to Lead Global Health Efforts

May 12, 2011 UCSF has named international global health leader Jaime Sepúlveda as executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences on September 1.

More Than 40 Percent of "Oldest Old" Women Show Cognitive Problems in Study

May 12, 2011 Forty-one percent of women age 85 and older – members of the so-called “oldest old” age cohort – had clinically significant cognitive impairment or dementia, in a study led by Kristine Yaffe, MD, chief of geriatric psychiatry at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Media Advisory: UCSF to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings in Chinatown

May 06, 2011 The UCSF Department of Dermatology, in partnership with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Chinatown Public Health Clinic, will offer free skin cancer screenings in Chinatown to mark National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

UCSF Stem Cell Studies to Focus on Muscular Dystrophy, Heart Disease, Cancer

May 06, 2011 Three UCSF scientists have received grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance their investigations of treatment strategies for degenerative muscle diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, and heart disease, and to determine why human embryonic stem cells are susceptible to forming tumors.