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'One-Eyed Sheep' Talk Takes Top Prize at 2019 Postdoc Slam

'One-Eyed Sheep' Talk Takes Top Prize at 2019 Postdoc Slam

September 25, 2019

In the mountains of Idaho, decades ago, one-eyed sheep were being born. On Thursday evening, UC San Francisco postdoc Ishan Deshpande, PhD, explained how this strange phenomenon has opened a unique path toward better cancer treatments. “It turns out that the sheep were eating flowers ...
UCSF Launches Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research

UCSF Launches Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research

September 19, 2019

UC San Francisco announced Thursday it will establish the UCSF Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research, made possible by a $35 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff. The new initiative will bring together scientists and physicians who seek to push the boundaries of prostate ...
How a Powerful Genetic Test Matched An Infant's Cancer to a Life-Saving Therapy

How a Powerful Genetic Test Matched An Infant's Cancer to a Life-Saving Therapy

September 11, 2019

Lara Stuart and her husband, David Lodge, first noticed the peculiar rash on their son Quincy’s face when he was just shy of 4 months old. Trips to the pediatrician and a dermatologist didn’t offer up any concrete answers – and within weeks, Quincy’s abdomen ...
Cancer Patients Turn to Crowdfunding to Pay for Medical Care

Cancer Patients Turn to Crowdfunding to Pay for Medical Care

September 9, 2019

With patients increasingly resorting to crowdfunding websites to pay medical bills, a new UC San Francisco study finds that online donations are sought for lost wages, child care and even occasionally experimental treatments.   On average, cancer patients are raising about a quarter of their ...
Liver Transplant Candidates with Public Insurance Have Worse Waitlist Outcomes Than Those with Private Insurance

Liver Transplant Candidates with Public Insurance Have Worse Waitlist Outcomes Than Those with Private Insurance

September 3, 2019

Patients with similar liver cancer characteristics on the waitlist for a liver transplant had significantly worse outcomes with public insurance compared to Kaiser Permanente or other private insurance, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. Their findings appeared online Aug. 30, 2019, ...
Medical Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Push to Reduce Their Use

Medical Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Push to Reduce Their Use

September 3, 2019

Despite a broad campaign among physician groups to reduce the amount of imaging in medicine, the rates of use of CT, MRI and other scans have continued to increase in both the U.S. and Ontario, Canada, according to a new study of more than 135 ...