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Saw Palmetto No Better than Placebo for Enlarged Prostate

February 8, 2006

Saw palmetto, an herbal extract commonly taken to improve urinary symptoms in men with enlargement of the prostate gland, is no more effective than a placebo, according to a new study. The year-long, double-blind study of 225 men was led by Stephen Bent, MD, a ...
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UCSF Recruits Young Scientists in Stem Cell Research

February 6, 2006

The past year has been a period of dynamic growth for the UCSF Institute for Stem Cell and Tissue Biology. Studies in a broad array of animal and human cells are being conducted in labs throughout the University; space for conducting non-federally funded research is ...
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Omega-6 Fats Cause Prostate Tumors to Grow Twice as Fast

February 1, 2006

Omega-6 fatty acids -- such as those found in corn oil -- caused human prostate tumors in cell culture to grow twice as quickly as tumors to which omega-6 fats had not been added, according to a study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical ...
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Blackburn Wins Wiley Prize

February 1, 2006

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will receive the fifth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Blackburn will be awarded jointly along with Carol Greider, Daniel ...
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UCSF Enters into Contract Negotiations with Architectural Firm for Mission Bay Hospital Complex

January 26, 2006

UCSF will enter into contract negotiations with Anshen + Allen, an award-winning international architecture firm specializing in health care, research and academic facilities, for the design of the first phase of its children's, women's and cancer hospital complex at UCSF Mission Bay. Partnering with Anshen ...
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Cell's Decision-Making Circuitry Scrutinized by UCSF Research Team

January 26, 2006

A UCSF research team has gained a new glimpse into the circuitry that directs the fate of cells: whether they will grow, change shape or succumb to pathogens. Cells monitor their environment and make vital decisions by using complex circuits made up of molecules known ...
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Grands Fund Breast Cancer and Brain Tumor Research at UCSF

January 17, 2006

Nancy and Stephen Grand are longtime supporters of cancer causes. As a board member of the Karmanos Comprehensive Cancer Center in Detroit, Stephen developed a keen interest in medical research. Eager to continue their philanthropic involvement after moving to California, the Grands were attracted by ...
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UCSF Fellow Wins Honors for Breast Cancer Research

December 14, 2005

UCSF Fellow Anjali Kumar, MD, MPH, is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Foundation Fellowship and the AstraZeneca Young Investigator Award at the 28th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Kumar submitted three abstracts for the SABCS, the largest annual ...
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Study Identifies Key Regulator of Bone Quality, Suggests Drug Target

December 13, 2005

UCSF scientists have determined that the quality of bone matrix, a key component of bone, is regulated by a molecule known as transforming growth factor beta. The finding, they say, suggests a possible target for preventing and treating bone fractures associated with aging and genetic ...
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Sigma Theta Tau International Names Dodd as Episteme Laureate

December 9, 2005

Marylin Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, Sharon A. Lamb Chair in Nursing and specialist in oncology nursing, was recently awarded The Baxter International Foundation's prestigious Episteme Award. Dodd is also director of the Research Center for Symptom Management and an associate dean in the UCSF School ...