UCSF Spine Center Tackles Most Complex Spine Surgeries on West Coast

December 5, 2008

A UCSF surgical team successfully removed a large cancerous tumor in a single piece from the cervical spine of a patient in 12 hours -- a procedure that is believed to be the first of its kind in complexity and to have taken place in ...

Overweight Women at Increased Risk of Advanced Breast Cancer

November 26, 2008

A nationwide study of over 280,000 women showed that postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese have advanced breast cancer at significantly higher rates than women of normal weight or less than normal weight. The study, published in the November 26, 2008 issue of the ...

Panel Highlights Medical Promise of Stem Cells

November 22, 2008

The potential for stem cell research to lead to ways to replenish lost cells -- and restore crucial functions in those with diseases ranging from heart disease and neurological disorders to diabetes -- emerged clearly from a panel discussion presented by the UCSF Foundation on ...

In Young Men, HPV Vaccine Prevents Conditions That Lead to Cancer

November 21, 2008

Merck announced late last week that its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent HPV infection in boys and young men. This was the first data released on how well the vaccine, called Gardasil, works in males. Joel Palefsky, MD, a UCSF professor of medicine, is ...

AAMC Honors Schroeder as Anti-Smoking Crusader

November 15, 2008

UCSF Professor Steven Schroeder, MD, won't quit until every American does -- smoking, that is. For the past 40 years, Schroeder, Distinguished Professor in Health and Health Care and director of UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, has worked to engage the medical community in helping ...

UCSF Team Moves in on Mechanism in Stem Cell Growth, Possibly Cancer

November 14, 2008

A class of miniscule molecules called microRNAs has become a major focus of biomedical research. Now, UCSF scientists have identified multiple members of this class that enable embryonic stem cells to divide, and thus proliferate, much more rapidly than the mature, or specialized, cells of ...