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Smoke-Free Zones, Higher Taxes Deter Youth Smoking, Study Shows

Smoke-Free Zones, Higher Taxes Deter Youth Smoking, Study Shows

September 8, 2015

Banning smoking in the workplace and increasing taxes on cigarettes have discouraged teens and young adults from taking up smoking, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Merced.

Childhood Cancer Research at UCSF to Transcend Tissue Types With Innovative Grant

Childhood Cancer Research at UCSF to Transcend Tissue Types With Innovative Grant

September 8, 2015

Researchers at UC San Francisco are leading a five-year, $10 million research project dedicated to pediatric cancer, funded by the first grant of its kind to focus on a molecular pathway that underlies many cancers rather than on a cancer in a particular organ or tissue in the body.

Rare Melanoma Carries Unprecedented Burden of Mutations

Rare Melanoma Carries Unprecedented Burden of Mutations

September 7, 2015

A rare, deadly form of skin cancer known as desmoplasmic melanoma (DM) may possess the highest burden of gene mutations of any cancer, suggesting that immunotherapy may be a promising approach for treatment, according to an international team led by UC San Francisco scientists.

Genetic Makeup May Make Radiation Riskier for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Genetic Makeup May Make Radiation Riskier for Pediatric Cancer Patients

September 3, 2015

Genetic vulnerabilities associated with childhood cancers may make children undergoing radiation therapy more susceptible than adults to secondary cancers, according to novel insights from researchers at UC San Francisco.

Drug for Fungal Infections in Lung Transplant Recipients Increases Risk for Skin Cancer, Even Death

Drug for Fungal Infections in Lung Transplant Recipients Increases Risk for Skin Cancer, Even Death

September 3, 2015

Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. The team recommends physicians consider patient-specific factors that could modify the drug’s risks and benefits, when providing care.

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DNA-Guided 3-D Printing of Human Tissue is Unveiled

September 1, 2015

A UCSF-led team has developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues, called organoids, more precisely than ever before using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks.