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Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

November 13, 2018

Simple ovarian cysts are extremely common in women and do not require additional ultrasound surveillance or surgical removal, according to a new study of more than 72,000 women and close to 119,00 pelvic ultrasound exams over a dozen years. The study, a collaboration between UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Washington, found that simple ...
Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

November 13, 2018

Treating brain tumors comes at a steep cost, especially for children. More than half of patients who endure radiation therapy for these tumors experience irreversible cognitive decline, a side-effect that has particularly damaging consequences for younger patients. Up to now, scientists had been unable to ...

"Orphan" RNAs Make Cancer Deadlier, But Potentially Easier to Diagnose

November 7, 2018

Scientists have long known that cancer can hijack a cell’s existing regulatory circuitry and transform healthy cells into deadly malignancies. But a new discovery from UC San Francisco demonstrates that cancer is more than just a mutineer that seizes control of the cell’s administrative operations ...
As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

November 1, 2018

Tobacco research from UCSF is central to a growing understanding of the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping products, as highlighted in this feature from NBC News.  Dr. Mark Rubinstein, who studies nicotine dependence in adolescents at the University of California San Francisco, led the ...
The First Genome Surgeons: Scientists Are Preparing to Bring DNA-Editing Tools to the Clinic

The First Genome Surgeons: Scientists Are Preparing to Bring DNA-Editing Tools to the Clinic

October 24, 2018

One afternoon in July, deep within the labyrinthine halls of the Medical Sciences Building at UC San Francisco’s hilltop campus on Parnassus Avenue, the laboratory of Alex Marson, MD, PhD, is buzzing. Doors clap. Gloves snap. Keyboards clack. Cells incubate in nutrient baths the color of ...
Heated Tobacco Product Claims by Tobacco Industry Scrutinized by UC San Francisco Researchers and Others in Independent Data Review

Heated Tobacco Product Claims by Tobacco Industry Scrutinized by UC San Francisco Researchers and Others in Independent Data Review

October 23, 2018

Claims by the tobacco industry that heated tobacco products (HTPs) are safer than conventional cigarettes are not supported by the industry’s own data and are likely to be misunderstood by consumers, according to research published in a special issue of Tobacco Control. The issue was assembled ...
The Growing Role of Social Media in Research and Healthcare

The Growing Role of Social Media in Research and Healthcare

October 16, 2018

Casual or even frequent users of social media recognize its power to share ideas and enhance professional networking, but social media’s utility in healthcare research is only just coming to the fore as a powerful tool for understanding, improving, and reinforcing health beliefs and behaviors.
Feature: Cancer Imaging Research Core

Feature: Cancer Imaging Research Core

October 16, 2018

The Cancer Imaging Research Core aims to provide members of the HDFCCC with technical capabilities and scientific expertise for furthering their basic, translational, and clinical research using the latest imaging technology.   Scientific Director Sabrina Ronen, PhD (left), and Core Manager Emma Bahroos (right) took ...
4 UCSF Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2018

4 UCSF Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2018

October 15, 2018

Four UC San Francisco faculty members are among the 75 new members and 10 international members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Membership in the NAM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated ...
Blood Test 'Biopsy' for Kids with Brain Tumors Is Simple, Safe Way to See If Treatment Is Working

Blood Test 'Biopsy' for Kids with Brain Tumors Is Simple, Safe Way to See If Treatment Is Working

October 15, 2018

A new blood test for children with brain tumors offers a safer approach than surgical biopsies and may allow doctors to measure the effectiveness of treatment even before changes are identified on scans, according to research led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Children’s National ...