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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 ...
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UCSF Launches Nationwide Clinical Trial-Matching Website for Breast Cancer

October 21, 2008

The UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care recently launched BreastCancerTrials.org, a free, nonprofit clinical trial-matching service that provides nationwide information for individuals diagnosed with or at risk for breast cancer. BreastCancerTrials.org is the only clinical trial-matching service dedicated exclusively to breast cancer, with ...
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Phillips Awarded $5 Million NCI Grant to Study Personalized Medicine

October 13, 2008

The wider world use of medical tests and treatments based on individual genetic differences is the focus of a new, US$5 million research program funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and led by UCSF School of Pharmacy health economist Kathryn Phillips, PhD. The grant ...
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Childhood Leukemia Clusters: A Conversation with Joseph Wiemels

October 3, 2008

Far from the media eye, UCSF epidemiologist Joseph Wiemels, PhD, makes trips to Fallon, Nevada, a rural town of 8,000 about 60 miles east of Reno on a lonesome stretch of Highway 50, to investigate what he calls the most unusual concentration of residential childhood ...
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Major NIH Award Supports Epigenomics Research

October 2, 2008

First there was the Human Genome Project, aimed at mapping all human DNA and understanding how the genetic code defines and controls genes. Now the federal government is sponsoring a big push to understand how another kind of biological code helps determine what we are.