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Pap Smear or HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer?

April 9, 2009

Cervical cancer screening and follow-up might one day come to the rural US via a mobile van. Or at least one might imagine such a scenario after reading a study published in the April 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Cervical ...
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Scientists Identify Key Gene that Protects against Leukemia

April 8, 2009

Researchers have identified a gene that controls the rapid production and differentiation of the stem cells that produce all blood cell types -- a discovery that could eventually open the door to more streamlined treatments for leukemia and other blood cancers, in which blood cells ...
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Walter Wins Gairdner International Award

April 8, 2009

Peter Walter, PhD, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, is one of just five recipients of the prestigious Gairdner International Award for 2009. The award recognizes researchers who have made significant achievements in medical sciences. Many recipients have gone on to win ...
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Colon Cancer Screening Targets Wrong Elders, Study Finds

April 6, 2009

Healthy patients age 70 and older who could benefit from colon cancer screening are not being adequately screened, while ill patients are being screened unnecessarily, according to a study of more than 27,000 veteran patients led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
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New Strategy Developed to Diagnose Melanoma

March 30, 2009

A UCSF research team has developed a technique to distinguish benign moles from malignant melanomas by measuring differences in levels of genetic markers. Standard microscopic examinations of biopsied tissue can be ambiguous and somewhat subjective, the researchers say, and supplementing standard practice with the new ...
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DCIS Is Not Invasive Breast Cancer, and Might Not Require Surgery

March 30, 2009

Tens of thousands of women are having surgery -- sometimes even having both breasts removed -- to treat a condition that is unlikely to ever become life-threatening. In fact, a recent study concluded that a small, but growing minority of women with the condition -- ...
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Mammograms Bad for Young Women with Breast Cancer Genes?

March 17, 2009

Mammography is widely used to screen for tumors in young women -- even women in their 20s -- who inherit a genetic mutation that confers a very high risk for breast cancer. But new research now suggests that exposing the youngest of these women to ...
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UCSF Receives $125 Million for New Medical Center at Mission Bay

March 13, 2009

UCSF has received one of the largest gifts in its 145-year history -- $125 million -- as the lead funding for a state-of-the-art medical center at the Mission Bay campus. The transformative donation injects a shot of adrenaline into an ambitious project that will not ...
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Scientists Create Mouse Model of Melanoma that Generates Hope for the Use of Targeted Therapies

March 12, 2009

Researchers have developed a new mouse model that allows them to replicate normal pigment cells at the earliest stages of conversion to malignant skin cancer in humans. After testing the mouse with a combination of two drug therapies, the team found the treatment caused a ...
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Chancellor Bishop Witnesses President Obama Ushering in New Era of Scientific Integrity

March 9, 2009

UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, joined his scientific colleagues on Monday to witness President Barack Obama signing an executive order overturning the Bush administration's restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. UCSF stem cell scientists talked about what the new stem ...