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Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

July 27, 2012

The brains of adolescents who smoke as little as two cigarettes a day respond to images of smoking as do the brains of heavily addicted adult smokers: with pleasure.

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

July 25, 2012

John Greenspan, BDS, PhD, considers himself naturally curious. When he started seeing a rare form of cancer of the lymphatoid system in young San Francisco men during the early 1980s, he was intrigued.

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

July 24, 2012

A UCSF team has harnessed a natural protein in bacteria to create a "pause switch" in immune cells, potentially leading to more effective and safer immune therapies for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

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Deadly Liver Cancer May Be Triggered by Cells Changing Identity, UCSF Study Shows

July 16, 2012

A rare type of cancer thought to derive from cells in the bile ducts of the liver may actually develop when one type of liver cell morphs into a totally different type, a process scientists used to consider all but impossible.

Scientist Arthur Weiss Praised for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

Scientist Arthur Weiss Praised for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

July 12, 2012

Over the years, internationally renowned UCSF scientist Arthur Weiss has shepherded and shaped the careers of many scientists who still treasure his straightforward manner and generosity of spirit.

HIV Research: A Long View on a Small Virus

HIV Research: A Long View on a Small Virus

July 11, 2012

Halfway down a long corridor in the middle of UCSF Medical Center, a white-coatedJay Levy, MD, paused recently to reflect on HIV — a disease that has defined a generation, continues to plague the world and may yet be vanquished.

Support for Cancer Patients is Just Phone Call Away

Support for Cancer Patients is Just Phone Call Away

July 10, 2012

Cancer patients across the country have a new way to navigate through difficult treatment decisions and communicate better with their doctors. “Open to Options,’’ which recently launched nationally, was developed in conjunction with UCSF to guide patients in making critical health decisions.

San Francisco's Mission Bay Lands $10 Million Transportation Grant

San Francisco's Mission Bay Lands $10 Million Transportation Grant

July 3, 2012

Under sunny skies at UCSF Mission Bay on June 22, Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, joined House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to celebrate a $10 million federal grant for transportation improvements at Mission Bay.

Cigarettes Made from Tobacco with Less Nicotine May Help Smokers Quit

Cigarettes Made from Tobacco with Less Nicotine May Help Smokers Quit

July 2, 2012

Smokers can begin loosening the tight grip of nicotine addiction by smoking low-nicotine cigarettes, without lighting up any more than they usually do, according to recent research.

Secrets of Lung Cancer Drug Resistance Revealed at UCSF

Secrets of Lung Cancer Drug Resistance Revealed at UCSF

July 1, 2012

People with lung cancer who are treated with the drug Tarceva face a daunting uncertainty: although their tumors may initially shrink, it's not a question of whether their cancer will return — it's a question of when. And for far too many, it happens far too soon.