CT Screening for Lung Cancer among Heavy Smokers Saves Lives

November 9, 2010

CT scans to detect lung cancer early can save lives, according to a study of 53,456 current and former smokers ages 55 to 74. The study findings were announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- which funded the massive study -- on Novembers ...

Genetics Research Accelerates Pace of Knowledge Gains

November 2, 2010

New technologies and techniques continue to accelerate the pace of discovery in human genetics research, a fact made clear by scientists who spoke about their searches for important mutations, gene variants and answers to basic biological questions at the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics' fifth-anniversary ...

Giants Greats Bring Piece of World Series to Patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

October 28, 2010

Giants fever came to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital today (Oct. 27) when San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, Giants legend Vida Blue and mascot Lou Seal visited patients battling cancer. The Giants, Major League Baseball and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) teamed up ...

UCSF Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Mission Bay Medical Center

October 27, 2010

After a decade in the works, UCSF broke ground on Tuesday on a state-of-the-art and sustainable medical center at Mission Bay - a 289-bed, 878,000 square-foot complex that promises to transform care for women, children and cancer patients. More than 200 community members, elected officials, ...

Breast Cancer Project Lauded for Helping Rural Underserved

October 25, 2010

A UCSF cancer education project has received the 2010 Faith Fancher Award from the California Breast Cancer Research Program, as well as a $600,000 grant recognizing the best proposal focused on underserved populations. The project is led by Jeffrey Belkora, PhD, director of Decision Services ...

Cell Phones Pose Health Risks, Says Devra Davis at UCSF Seminar

October 25, 2010

Heavy cell-phone use over many years may threaten one's health, according to well-known environmental activist, cancer epidemiologist, and author Devra Davis, MPH, PhD, who spoke recently at a seminar on the UCSF Parnassus campus. Pressing a cell phone against the ear, day-after-day, year-after-year, and exposing ...

UCSF Chancellor, Three Faculty Named to Institute of Medicine

October 11, 2010

UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and three UCSF faculty are among the 65 newly elected members to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that works to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to improve health. The new members were announced today (Oct.

First US Trial of Brain Tumor Dye Featured on ABC 7

October 7, 2010

An Oct. 5 and 6 KGO-TV medical profile featured Mitchel S. Berger, MD, professor and chairman of the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, discussing a new clinical trial that aims to prevent brain tumors from recurring by dying tumor cells a phosphorescent orange, making them ...

UCSF Tops California Universities with Four NIH Director's New Innovator Awards

October 1, 2010

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on September 30 announced 52 highly competitive awards for high-risk, high-payoff research for young biomedical scientists, and UCSF tops California institutions with four recipients. The four recipients of the NIH Director's New Innovator Awards will use their new funds ...

Less Chemotherapy Works Well for Some Childhood Cancer

September 29, 2010

A particularly aggressive childhood cancer can be fought successfully with far less chemotherapy than previously believed, avoiding harmful side effects caused by cancer drugs. The 96 percent survival rate found in an eight-year clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco, stands to change ...