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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 ...
Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

August 22, 2019

A new web tool spells out for the first time the exposures that more than 6.5 million working women in California face that could increase their risk for breast cancer, including industrial solvents, antimicrobials and phthalates. The tool, which was developed by researchers at UC ...
How E-Cigarette Use is Exposing Youth - and the Environment - to Toxic Chemicals

How E-Cigarette Use is Exposing Youth - and the Environment - to Toxic Chemicals

August 21, 2019

The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, by American youth has surged so dramatically in recent years that the U.S. Surgeon General has declared it an “epidemic.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarette use among middle school students increased by 48 percent (3.3 percent ...