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California Tobacco Control Program Saved Billions in Medical Costs

August 25, 2008

California's state tobacco control program saved $86 billion--in 2004 dollars -- in personal healthcare costs in its first 15 years, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. During the same period, the state spent only a total of $1.8 ...
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Inhibition of Myc Gene Shows Promise Against Cancer

August 20, 2008

New research from a mouse study at UCSF shows that therapies that block action of a gene called Myc may prove useful in fighting cancer. The findings were reported online on August 17, 2008, in Nature. Corresponding author Gerard Evan, PhD, of UCSF says, "These ...
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Virologist to Deliver UCSF Sokolow Lecture

August 14, 2008

Award-winning virologist Harald zur Hausen, DSc, MD, who has devoted his career to investigating the links between viral infections and the development of specific types of cancer, will give a lecture, titled "Infectious Causes of Human Cancers," when he visits UCSF on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
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UCSF Faculty Receive $13.7 Million from CIRM for Stem Cell Research

August 13, 2008

Five UCSF stem cell scientists have received New Faculty grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, support that will allow them to pursue lines of investigation ultimately aimed at developing treatment strategies for such conditions as cancer, heart disease, tooth regeneration, liver disease and ...
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Childhood Brain Tumor Traced to Normal Stem Cells Gone Bad

August 11, 2008

Released jointly by UCSF and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute An aggressive childhood brain tumor known as medulloblastoma originates in normal brain "stem" cells that turn malignant when acted on by a known mutant, cancer-causing oncogene, say researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of California, ...
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Looking Far Afield for Pancreas Cancer Clues

July 25, 2008

Consider the lab mouse. The rodent is used to model tumor growth in countless studies of genes and cancer. About 99 percent of mouse genes also appear in humans. Mouse and human also are similar when one compares the DNA code within these genes. Mice ...
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James Wins Grant for Brain Tumor Research

July 16, 2008

C. David James, PhD, a professor in residence of neurological surgery at UCSF, has been awarded a grant to identify how brain tumors with different genetic features respond to a set of treatment regimens. The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, a newly formed family foundation ...
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Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to Benefit UCSF-SFGH Partnership

July 11, 2008

It's not too late to join the effort to fight breast cancer during this weekend's Avon walk through the streets of San Francisco. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and13. The two-day walk raises money to support ...
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UCSF Medical Center Named One of Top 10 Hospitals Nationwide and Best in Bay Area

July 10, 2008

UCSF Medical Center ranks among the nation's top 10 premier hospitals and is the best in the Bay Area, according to the new 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" survey conducted by "U.S. News & World Report." This year UCSF retains its place as the seventh best ...
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Researcher Helps Physicians Navigate the Subtleties of Melanoma

July 3, 2008

The most deadly skin cancer, called melanoma, is on the rise. Clearly, dermatologists and other medical specialists need to be able to distinguish a mole from a melanoma. But now, it is also clear that there are important differences among melanomas. Melanomas are already being ...