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Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

November 13, 2018

Simple ovarian cysts are extremely common in women and do not require additional ultrasound surveillance or surgical removal, according to a new study of more than 72,000 women and close to 119,00 pelvic ultrasound exams over a dozen years. The study, a collaboration between UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Washington, found that simple ...
Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

November 13, 2018

Treating brain tumors comes at a steep cost, especially for children. More than half of patients who endure radiation therapy for these tumors experience irreversible cognitive decline, a side-effect that has particularly damaging consequences for younger patients. Up to now, scientists had been unable to ...

"Orphan" RNAs Make Cancer Deadlier, But Potentially Easier to Diagnose

November 7, 2018

Scientists have long known that cancer can hijack a cell’s existing regulatory circuitry and transform healthy cells into deadly malignancies. But a new discovery from UC San Francisco demonstrates that cancer is more than just a mutineer that seizes control of the cell’s administrative operations ...
As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

November 1, 2018

Tobacco research from UCSF is central to a growing understanding of the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping products, as highlighted in this feature from NBC News.  Dr. Mark Rubinstein, who studies nicotine dependence in adolescents at the University of California San Francisco, led the ...
The First Genome Surgeons: Scientists Are Preparing to Bring DNA-Editing Tools to the Clinic

The First Genome Surgeons: Scientists Are Preparing to Bring DNA-Editing Tools to the Clinic

October 24, 2018

One afternoon in July, deep within the labyrinthine halls of the Medical Sciences Building at UC San Francisco’s hilltop campus on Parnassus Avenue, the laboratory of Alex Marson, MD, PhD, is buzzing. Doors clap. Gloves snap. Keyboards clack. Cells incubate in nutrient baths the color of ...
Heated Tobacco Product Claims by Tobacco Industry Scrutinized by UC San Francisco Researchers and Others in Independent Data Review

Heated Tobacco Product Claims by Tobacco Industry Scrutinized by UC San Francisco Researchers and Others in Independent Data Review

October 23, 2018

Claims by the tobacco industry that heated tobacco products (HTPs) are safer than conventional cigarettes are not supported by the industry’s own data and are likely to be misunderstood by consumers, according to research published in a special issue of Tobacco Control. The issue was assembled ...