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Radiation Exposure From Medical Imaging Has Increased Even at HMOs

June 12, 2012

Concern about overexposure to radiation due to excessive use of medical imaging has come to the fore in recent years. Now, a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Group Health Research Institute, shows that medical imaging is increasing even in health maintenance organization systems (HMOs), which don’t have a financial incentive to conduct them.

 

Breast Cancer Risk Can Be Lowered By Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Imaging

Breast Cancer Risk Can Be Lowered By Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Imaging

June 11, 2012

A report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last December reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of breast cancer—factors such as pesticides, beauty products, household chemicals, and the plastics used to make water bottles.

Advanced Prostate Cancer Slows With New Drug

Advanced Prostate Cancer Slows With New Drug

June 4, 2012

A new medication proved effective in slowing the spread of metastatic prostate cancer, while helping to maintain the quality of life, in patients with advanced disease. The phase 3 study was unblinded midway, allowing patients receiving the placebo to instead take the drug because of the favorable results.

Cancer Drugs: Better, Cheaper

Cancer Drugs: Better, Cheaper

June 1, 2012

Cancer drug development is known to be too slow, costly and fraught with failure. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recommendations for breast cancer trials that would substantially accelerate patient access to new medications while lowering the time and cost of drug development.

Medical Student Confronts Cancer at Bench, Bedside and Beyond: Sam Brondfield

Medical Student Confronts Cancer at Bench, Bedside and Beyond: Sam Brondfield

May 30, 2012

At one of the highest-ranked medical schools in the country, it’s not surprising to find students with big appetites for learning. In the laboratory, there are those who seek out challenges at the bench, peering into microscopes for answers.

UCSF Clinicians Get New Ammunition in Fight Against Childhood Cancers

UCSF Clinicians Get New Ammunition in Fight Against Childhood Cancers

May 4, 2012

It’s a real challenge to treat a patient with relapsed cancer, because the cancer has outsmarted initial treatment and has become more resistant, says Steven DuBois, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UCSF’s School of Medicine and a specialist in childhood cancers.