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New Drug Shows Promise Against Multiple Sclerosis

November 01, 2011 An experimental drug called Ocrelizumab has shown promise in a Phase 2 clinical trial involving 220 people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an often debilitating, chronic autoimmune disease that affects an increasing number of people in North America.

Gladstone Scientists Identify Protein Form Linked to Huntington's Disease

October 31, 2011 Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered how a form of the protein linked to Huntington’s disease influences the timing and severity of its symptoms, offering new avenues for treating not only this disease, but also a variety of similar conditions.

Media Advisory: UCSF's Science at Lunch Series

October 28, 2011 UCSF's leading scientists will participate in five discussions about fascinating topics, such as managing stress to retraining the brain for better performance, as part of the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival.

Clinical Trial Shows First Evidence That Anal Cancer is Preventable

October 27, 2011 A large, international clinical trial led by doctors at UCSF indicates that a vaccine to prevent anal cancer is safe and effective, according to a study reported in the October 27, 2011 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.

Media Advisory: UCSF Offers Free Medical Screenings and Seminar on Clinical Research

October 27, 2011 UCSF will celebrate “Clinical Research Education Day’’ as the host of Aware for All – San Francisco, a free health education program that is open to the public and designed to help people make informed decisions about participating in clinical research.

QB3 Signs Agreement to Accelerate Innovation

October 26, 2011 The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) has signed an agreement with the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT) to fund University of California proof-of-concept research that brings innovative science to market.

UCSF-Pfizer Partnership Yields Projects Aimed at Clinical Trials

October 26, 2011 An 11-month-old partnership between UCSF and Pfizer, Inc., aimed at rapidly moving new therapies into human clinical trials, has selected its first projects for funding and joint development.

To Prevent Post-Hospital Disability, Focus on Patient Function in the Hospital, Say Physicians

October 25, 2011 To prevent the onset of disability in their elderly patients, hospitals should focus on maintaining and restoring patients’ abilities to carry out activities of daily living while they are still inpatients, according to physicians from the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

UCSF Tapped for U.S. National AIDS Strategy Initiative

October 25, 2011 The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has funded the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies to provide leadership and support to seven states implementing interventions to enhance HIV testing and diagnosis.

Antidepressant Linked to Developmental Brain Abnormalities in Rodents

October 24, 2011 A study by researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and UCSF shows that rats given a popularly prescribed antidepressant during development exhibit brain abnormalities and behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorders.

Computer Games Help People with Parkinson's Disease

October 19, 2011 Playing computer-based physical therapy games can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their gait and balance, according to a new pilot study led by the UCSF School of Nursing and Red Hill Studios, a California serious games developer.

Pre-Term Babies' Exposure to Steroids Associated with Impaired Brain Growth

October 19, 2011 Premature infants exposed after birth to drugs known as glucocorticoids are at increased risk for having impaired growth of the cerebellum, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study. The cerebellum is a region of the brain associated with balance, motor learning, language and behavior.

UCSF Study Finds Steroids Could Help Heal Some Corneal Ulcers

October 18, 2011 A UCSF study gives hope to those suffering from severe cases of bacterial corneal ulcers, which can lead to blindness if left untreated. The use of topical corticosteroids in a randomized controlled trial was found to be neither beneficial nor harmful in the overall patient population in the study. However, it helped patients who had more serious forms of bacterial corneal ulcers, according to UCSF researchers.

High Rate of False-Positives with Annual Mammogram

October 17, 2011 During a decade of receiving mammograms, more than half of cancer-free women will be among those summoned back for more testing because of false-positive results, and about one in 12 will be referred for a biopsy.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Celebrates "Topping Out" Construction Milestone

October 17, 2011 UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay celebrated a major milestone today with the placement of a 1,600-pound beam – painted white and decorated with colorful autographs of construction workers, donors and supporters, along with art created by hospitalized children and adults – atop the new hospital complex, signifying the end of the structural steel phase of San Francisco’s first new hospital in decades.