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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 ...
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School of Dentistry Names Deborah Greenspan Orofacial Sciences Chair

December 28, 2007

Deborah Greenspan, BDS, DSc, UCSF School of Dentistry professor of clinical oral medicine, interim chair of the Department of Orofacial Sciences and clinical director of the UCSF Oral AIDS Center, has been appointed chair of Orofacial Sciences. "She is an international leader in oral science ...
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Caring for Pediatric Cancer Survivors Throughout Life

December 21, 2007

Thanks to great strides in pediatric oncology research, the rate of survivorship for children with cancer is rising. Fifty years ago, children with cancer rarely survived. Today, with various combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, nearly 70 percent of children diagnosed with cancer are now ...
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Leukemia Survival and Pharmacogenetics

December 7, 2007

There's a new way to personalize drug therapy. It's pharmacogenetics -- using information on genetic differences to tailor treatment. Deanna Kroetz, PhD, of UCSF's School of Pharmacy is exploring pharmacogenetics in the most common and deadly form of adult leukemia. The cancer is called acute ...
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UCSF Medical Center Using Newest High-Tech Tool for Brain Disorders

December 3, 2007

The most advanced noninvasive, radiosurgery tool for treating a variety of brain disorders -- including tumors -- is now being used by specialists at UCSF Medical Center. The new machine expands UCSF's ability to provide state-of-the-art, specialized care to patients. Called the Leksell Gamma Knife ...
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UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Name Becomes Official

November 19, 2007

Top leaders from the campus and UCSF Medical Center gathered at Mount Zion today to commemorate the official naming of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, began by noting that the occasion was a celebration to debut a ...