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Virtual Colonoscopy Reveals Diseases Outside Colon Too

July 26, 2005

Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, known as virtual colonoscopy, can be used to diagnose significant medical problems in organs outside the colon, according to a new study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). In the study, 45 virtual colonoscopy patients out of 500, ...

Unprecedented Industry-Backed Laws Limit Public Safety, Study Shows

July 21, 2005

Two laws recently passed by Congress with strong industry backing have had a chilling effect on government efforts to protect public health, according to a UCSF study. The laws make all raw data produced by federally funded research available for public review, and require that ...

UCSF Medical Center & Children's Hospital Named to Best Hospitals List

July 8, 2005

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children's Hospital have been named to the honor roll in the new U.S. News & World Report's special issue on "America's Best Hospitals," with the Medical Center at 10 and the Children's Hospital at number 17. In this annual survey, ...

Pioneer in Biotech Research and Drug Development Appointed to UCSF Faculty

June 27, 2005

James Wells, PhD, cofounder of the South San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company Sunesis and a pioneer in developing new drug discovery and protein engineering technologies, has been appointed professor in both the schools of pharmacy and medicine at UCSF and will also direct a new center ...

"Silenced Gene Suggests Greater Risk for African-Americans with Prostate Cancer

June 16, 2005

Among African-Americans with prostate cancer, a tumor-suppressing gene called GSTP1 is inactivated at a rate 3.5 times higher than among Caucasians, according to a study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). "This could be one of the mechanisms for the higher incidence ...

Seminars to Educate Transplant Recipients about Skin Cancer Risk

June 8, 2005

Organ transplant recipients have a high risk of developing skin cancer, but information about this deadly link has not been readily available to patients. Now UCSF Medical Center is offering a program to remedy the problem. The Department of Dermatology and the Division of Transplant ...

Researchers Demonstrate Use of Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Detection

June 3, 2005

Binding gold nanoparticles to a specific antibody for cancer cells could make cancer detection much easier, say medical researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and Georgia Institute of Technology. The researchers are a father and son, working together on opposite coasts. Their study ...

UCSF to Become Nearly Smoke Free by July 1

June 3, 2005

In a major step to provide a safe and healthy environment, UCSF will significantly reduce on-campus smoking areas to protect human health. With the exception of only a few, small designated areas for patients and visitors, all University-owned or leased property will be smoke-free effective ...

Study Shows Philip Morris Pursued Tobacco Regulation to Enhance Its Image

May 24, 2005

A new study by UCSF School of Nursing researchers shows that Philip Morris sought to enhance its image by supporting Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco. Philip Morris was among major U.S. tobacco companies that previously sued the FDA when it attempted to regulate ...

Intergenerational Pen Pals Will Share Stories of Growth and Change

April 19, 2005

A dramatic reading of letters between critically ill adults and healthy teenagers will be performed on Wednesday, June 1, in San Rafael. The public is invited to witness the "Firefly Project" at 7:00 pm in Hoytt Theater at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center at ...