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Culprit in Eye Cancer Identified, Drug Development Begins

December 16, 2008

Very soon, there may be new hope for patients with a deadly cancer that strikes the eye. The cancer is uveal melanoma. Targeting the disease has proved elusive, and treatment has been unsatisfactory. Now, researchers led by UCSF skin pathologist Boris Bastian, MD, have identified ...
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Search for Genetic Clues to Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women

December 9, 2008

Hispanic women in the US are less likely to get breast cancer than non-Hispanic, white women. But it's not clear why. And despite the lower incidence, breast cancer is still the most common cancer in Hispanic women. For all women, both genes and environment are ...
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Howard Hughes Awardees Will Use UCSF Cell Discovery to Target Cancer

December 5, 2008

The discovery of a basic life-and-death response within our bodies' cells might prove to be the basis for a new cancer-fighting strategy. That's the premise behind a new $4 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to an all-star team of researchers headed ...
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UCSF Spine Center Tackles Most Complex Spine Surgeries on West Coast

December 5, 2008

A UCSF surgical team successfully removed a large cancerous tumor in a single piece from the cervical spine of a patient in 12 hours -- a procedure that is believed to be the first of its kind in complexity and to have taken place in ...
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Overweight Women at Increased Risk of Advanced Breast Cancer

November 26, 2008

A nationwide study of over 280,000 women showed that postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese have advanced breast cancer at significantly higher rates than women of normal weight or less than normal weight. The study, published in the November 26, 2008 issue of the ...
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Panel Highlights Medical Promise of Stem Cells

November 22, 2008

The potential for stem cell research to lead to ways to replenish lost cells -- and restore crucial functions in those with diseases ranging from heart disease and neurological disorders to diabetes -- emerged clearly from a panel discussion presented by the UCSF Foundation on ...
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In Young Men, HPV Vaccine Prevents Conditions That Lead to Cancer

November 21, 2008

Merck announced late last week that its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent HPV infection in boys and young men. This was the first data released on how well the vaccine, called Gardasil, works in males. Joel Palefsky, MD, a UCSF professor of medicine, is ...
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AAMC Honors Schroeder as Anti-Smoking Crusader

November 15, 2008

UCSF Professor Steven Schroeder, MD, won't quit until every American does -- smoking, that is. For the past 40 years, Schroeder, Distinguished Professor in Health and Health Care and director of UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, has worked to engage the medical community in helping ...
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UCSF Team Moves in on Mechanism in Stem Cell Growth, Possibly Cancer

November 14, 2008

A class of miniscule molecules called microRNAs has become a major focus of biomedical research. Now, UCSF scientists have identified multiple members of this class that enable embryonic stem cells to divide, and thus proliferate, much more rapidly than the mature, or specialized, cells of ...
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Cancer Center Launches Evidence-Based Initiative with 40 African American Churches

October 30, 2008

Building on UCSF's commitment to eliminate health disparities and promote research-tested interventions, the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center recently initiated the Abundant Life Health Ministries Initiative through its Community Advisory Board. UCSF defines a health ministry as a "special mission that integrates faith ...