Mission Bay Medical Center Reflects Latest Research on How Design Affects Health Outcomes

Mission Bay Medical Center Reflects Latest Research on How Design Affects Health Outcomes

November 17, 2011

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is planned as a shining example of evidence-based hospital design, an increasingly prevalent trend built on research suggesting that design can improve health outcomes by increasing safety and reducing stress among patients, their families and hospital staff.

Tamoxifen Resistance - And How to Defeat It

Tamoxifen Resistance - And How to Defeat It

November 14, 2011

In the last three decades, thousands of women with breast cancer have taken the drug tamoxifen, only to discover that the therapy doesn’t work, either because their tumors do not respond to the treatment at all, or because they develop resistance to it over time.

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Clinical Trial Shows First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable

October 27, 2011

A large, international clinical trial led by doctors at the University of California, San Francisco indicates that a vaccine to prevent anal cancer is safe and effective, according to a study reported in the October 27, 2011 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.

Kennedy Joins UCSF Panel to Discuss Brain Cancer

Kennedy Joins UCSF Panel to Discuss Brain Cancer

October 26, 2011

Mitchel Berger, professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, left, talks about caring for patients with brain cancer and their caregivers during a panel discussion featuring Vicki Kennedy, right. Long before the term “patient-centered” became a common catch phrase in health care ...
Three Women Lead UCSF’s $25 Million Fundraising Initiative to Fight Brain Cancer

Three Women Lead UCSF’s $25 Million Fundraising Initiative to Fight Brain Cancer

October 26, 2011

Members of the audience listen to a panel discussion featuring clinicians and caregivers talking about caring for a patient suffering from brain cancer at a recent event at UCSF Mission Bay. As a $25-million fundraising campaign gets underway for the UCSF Department of Neurological ...
Extra Vitamin E Linked to Prostate Cancer, But Diet Still Merits Study

Extra Vitamin E Linked to Prostate Cancer, But Diet Still Merits Study

October 24, 2011

Taking vitamin E supplements appear to increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer, according to a study that appears in the Oct. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A multi-institutional team of researchers reported findings from the Selenium and Vitamin E ...
Three UCSF Professors Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three UCSF Professors Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 18, 2011

At a ceremony on Oct. 1, UCSF Professors Lewis Lanier, Talmadge King, Jr. and Kevan Shokat sign the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Book of Members, a tradition that dates back to 1780. Three UCSF professors were among 179 of the nation’s most ...
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PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer - Controversy Continues

October 18, 2011

A rekindled controversy over the use of PSA screening to help detect prostate cancer highlights the different perspectives physicians may take in framing issues, evaluating studies and deciding on best practices. Differing perspectives at UCSF include those of a leading urologist, and of an ...
High Rate of False-Positives with Annual Mammogram

High Rate of False-Positives with Annual Mammogram

October 17, 2011

During a decade of receiving mammograms, more than half of cancer-free women will be among those summoned back for more testing because of false-positive results, and about one in 12 will be referred for a biopsy. Simply shifting screening to every other year lowers a ...
Five UCSF Scientists Named to Institute of Medicine

Five UCSF Scientists Named to Institute of Medicine

October 17, 2011

UCSF School of Nursing Dean David Vlahov and four other UCSF faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The new UCSF members were announced today (Oct. 17, 2011) in ...