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Marin County's High Breast Cancer Rate May be Tied to Genetics

August 7, 2012

Marin County, Calif., has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, a fact that scientists know has nothing to do with the land itself but with some other, unknown factor.

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For Smokers, UCSF Program Provides Tools to Ditch the Habit

July 27, 2012

Suzanne Harris was a registered nurse when she smoked. She worked on a cancer unit when she smoked. And she was a mother to a young child when she smoked.

Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

Brains of Teens Who Smoke Cigarettes Reveal Early Signs of Addiction

July 27, 2012

The brains of adolescents who smoke as little as two cigarettes a day respond to images of smoking as do the brains of heavily addicted adult smokers: with pleasure.

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

Pioneering AIDS Researcher Receives Major Accolade

July 25, 2012

John Greenspan, BDS, PhD, considers himself naturally curious. When he started seeing a rare form of cancer of the lymphatoid system in young San Francisco men during the early 1980s, he was intrigued.

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

UCSF Team Engineers 'Safety Switches' for Immune Therapies

July 24, 2012

A UCSF team has harnessed a natural protein in bacteria to create a "pause switch" in immune cells, potentially leading to more effective and safer immune therapies for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

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Deadly Liver Cancer May Be Triggered by Cells Changing Identity, UCSF Study Shows

July 16, 2012

A rare type of cancer thought to derive from cells in the bile ducts of the liver may actually develop when one type of liver cell morphs into a totally different type, a process scientists used to consider all but impossible.