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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 ...
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Lam Wins Pediatrics' Grumbach Award

July 1, 2008

UCSF research fellow Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, has received the 2008 Melvin Grumbach Award for Pediatric Research for his work on measuring the physical properties of acute leukemia cells. Acute leukemia is the most common of all childhood cancers. Lam, who simultaneously completed his clinical ...
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Hypnosis as Good as Counseling in Helping Smokers Quit, Study Finds

June 20, 2008

Hypnosis is as effective as standard behavioral counseling in helping smokers quit and stay off cigarettes for one year, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Among smokers who reported a history of depression, hypnosis was significantly more effective ...
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Gordon and Betty Moore's $2.5 Million Gift Endows Genetic Counselorship

June 17, 2008

Could you be at risk for gastrointestinal cancer? One in 10 gastrointestinal cancers is familial, and those with a genetic mutation are at an elevated risk for developing cancer. But many physicians are unaware of this relationship, and the standard prevention measures -- such as ...
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Caregivers Documentary to Air on UCTV Today

June 9, 2008

UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, in association with the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, has created a documentary about family caregiving for loved ones with aggressive forms of brain cancer. The film, titled The Caregivers, follows patients and families as they struggle through an ...