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UCSF Experts Cautious about Vaccine for Cervical Cancer Virus

May 11, 2007

Unknowns about the effectiveness and safety of the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demand thoughtful deliberation by clinicians on its role in cervical cancer prevention, according to two UCSF women's health specialists. The lack of long-term follow-up to assess vaccine efficacy and safety, as well ...
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Surgeon and Scientist Electron Kebebew Makes His Mark

May 10, 2007

Naming a child can sometimes stamp a child. So is it any wonder what an Ethiopian electrical engineer had in mind when he named his son Electron? But while engineering may have been in the boy's blood, this youngest of five children -- with siblings ...
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UCSF Sponsors Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 12

May 5, 2007

The UCSF Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the third floor of the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., San Francisco. May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection ...
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Six UCSF Faculty Members Named 2007 AAAS Fellows

May 4, 2007

Six UCSF faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2007 awardees include Douglas Hanahan, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics; Lily Jan, PhD, professor of physiology; Yuh Nung Jan, PhD, professor and vice chair of biochemistry and ...
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First QB3 Scientific Director Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2, 2007

David Agard, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and the founding scientific director of the UCSF-based California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, was elected today to the National Academy of Sciences. Election is considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist.
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Matthay Named to New Endowed Chair in Pediatric Translational Research

April 30, 2007

Katherine Matthay, MD, one of the world's leading researchers in new treatments for neuroblastoma, the most common extracranial solid cancer of infancy and early childhood, has been appointed to hold the Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology at UCSF. Since ...
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New Progress in Matching Cancer Patients to Drugs

April 17, 2007

Breast cancers differ from one another and from tumors that arise in other tissues. A drug that is life-saving for one cancer patient may fail in another with a tumor that originated in the same organ. But it's tough to match the patient to the ...
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UCSF Brain Tumor Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Results

April 13, 2007

A vaccine for treating a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain has shown promise in preliminary data from a clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco. Known as a glioma, this cancerous tumor is always fatal.
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Low Education Predicts Lower Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

April 12, 2007

Among men who have received similar treatments for prostate cancer, those with less education -- particularly those who did not graduate from high school -- experience a significant drop in their quality of life after treatment compared with men who have more education, according to ...
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Massage and Acupuncture Reduce Pain after Cancer Surgery

March 30, 2007

Massage and acupuncture are effective in decreasing pain and depression following surgery in cancer patients, according to a UCSF study. The findings of the randomized controlled clinical trial are reported in the March 2007 issue of the "Journal of Pain and Symptom Management." "This pilot ...