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Study Finds Breast Cancer Decline Linked to Decreased Hormone Use

August 15, 2007

Decreased use of postmenopausal hormone therapy since 2002 -- rather than a decrease in detection and diagnosis due to less screening -- has contributed to a decline in the recorded incidence of breast cancer in the United States, conclude the authors of a study of ...
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Bursts of Waves Drive Immune System Soldiers Toward Invaders

August 15, 2007

Scientists have discovered that torrents of microscopic waves propel white blood cells toward invading microbes. The discovery -- recorded on videotape -- holds the potential for better understanding and treatment of cancer and heart disease. Visible only under a very high-resolution light microscope, the dynamic ...
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Genetic Testing Helps Woman Make Informed Decisions About Health Care

August 11, 2007

"Have you ever seen a relative go through the cancer process?" That's the first question San Francisco writer Doreen DeSalvo poses when asked whether she regrets getting tested -- and testing positively -- for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer that carries a ...
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Skin Cancer Scientist Sees Ray of Hope: A Conversation with James Cleaver

August 4, 2007

Much of what we know about how DNA repairs sun-damaged skin -- or fails to do so -- has arisen in the last few decades, thanks to scientists like UCSF's Jim Cleaver, PhD. Cleaver has a very long list of titles, including member of the ...
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Two UCSF Postdocs Named to New Class of Damon Runyon Fellows

August 2, 2007

UCSF postdoctoral scholars Thomas M. Huckaba, PhD, and Melissa R. Junttila, PhD, have been named among 18 new Damon Runyan Fellows by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation at the Foundation's May 2007 Scientific Advisory Committee review. Recipients of the prestigious, three-year award are outstanding ...
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Cancer Center Names Director of Investigational Therapeutics

July 28, 2007

Eric Small, MD, a professor in residence of medicine and urology and interim chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been named director of investigational therapeutics in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Frank McCormick, PhD, director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Research ...
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More Power to Population Studies in Pancreas Cancer Research

July 26, 2007

UCSF clinicians and researchers are joining with counterparts far and wide to conduct large studies that will yield the statistical power necessary to clearly identify factors associated with risk for pancreas cancer. So far, the only undisputed factors known to increase one's chances of getting ...
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Looking for Cancer Clues in the Skeleton of Our Cells

July 19, 2007

For many infectious diseases, a strategy for drug design is clear: Find something that kills what's causing the disease that won't kill the patient. But what's the best approach when our own cells spread within and make us sick -- as when normal cells turn ...
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Helping Young Survivors Manage Risks from Treatment

July 7, 2007

In the 1960s, the population of childhood cancer survivors might have rivaled that of Death Valley -- a diagnosis was nearly a death sentence. Today, an estimated 270,000 people are long-term survivors of childhood cancer. That's a number larger than the population of Bakersfield, Riverside ...
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Changing the Face of Costello Syndrome

June 30, 2007

Katherine Rauen, MD, is a medical geneticist in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics with a special interest in three rare developmental disorders. One is known as cardio-facio-cutaneous, or CFC, syndrome, for which she and her team discovered the genes responsible last year. The other two ...