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Wealthier Women Get More Breast Cancer Screenings, Regardless of Benefit

March 11, 2008

Among women 65 and older, wealthy women in poor health are more likely to receive screening mammography for breast cancer even when they are unlikely to benefit from the test, while poor women in good health are less likely to receive screening mammography even when ...
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UCSF Researchers Validate New Model for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Multiple Ethnic Groups

March 4, 2008

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have developed a way to quickly estimate a woman's risk for invasive breast cancer. The new model, based on a measure of breast density that is already reported with the majority of mammograms today, is the first ...
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Wells to Chair UCSF Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

March 3, 2008

James A. Wells, PhD, an internationally recognized biochemist and leader in the development of new technologies for engineering proteins and for identifying small molecules to aid in drug discovery, has been named chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
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HPV Vaccine for Men?

February 29, 2008

The new vaccine used to prevent sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) in women and girls could play the same role in men and boys, says UCSF Professor of Medicine Joel Palefsky, MD. Without vaccination, Palefsky adds, "about 75 percent of men and women are going ...
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Leading Contributor to Human Genome Project to Speak at UCSF

February 21, 2008

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center invites members of the campus community to hear noted genomic researcher Eric S. Lander, PhD, who will present "Beyond the Human Genome Project" as part of the Sokolow lecture. Lander's lecture will be held on Wednesday, March ...
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Mayor Newsom Appoints Nursing Professor to San Francisco Health Commission

February 15, 2008

Mayor Gavin Newsom recently appointed Catherine Waters, RN, PhD, associate professor, UCSF School of Nursing, to the San Francisco Health Commission. The health commission oversees the Department of Public Health and its $1 billion annual budget. "Dr. Waters' community-based research on health promotion brings unique ...
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Breast Density and a Better Cancer Risk Model

February 8, 2008

Recent research indicates that having dense breasts is the biggest breast cancer risk, apart from normal aging or having two or more of one's closest relatives -- mother, sisters -- diagnosed with the disease. About one in three postmenopausal women has dense breasts. But how ...
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Thyroid Cancer Cases Climb as Treatment Advances

February 5, 2008

Overall, cancer rates are declining in the United States, but some cancers are on the rise. Among these, thyroid cancer rates are climbing the fastest. Diagnosed cases in the United States now number more than 30,000 each year. The population's risk for the disease doubled ...
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UCSF Meningioma Research Laboratory Receives Donation

January 17, 2008

The UCSF Meningioma Research Laboratory has received a $60,000 donation from Meningioma Mommas, a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for meningioma brain tumors. The organization's founder, Liz Holzemer, presented a check to neurosurgeon Michael McDermott, MD, who holds the Robert and Ruth Halperin ...
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Language Centers Revealed, Brain Surgery Refined with New Mapping

January 2, 2008

Neurosurgeons from the University of California, San Francisco are reporting significant results of a new brain mapping technique that allows for the safe removal of tumors near language pathways in the brain. The technique minimizes brain exposure and reduces the amount of time a patient ...