Axing the ACA Means Young Adults with Cancer Lose Coverage

A new study led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has quantified the impact of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), which enables 18- to 25-year-olds to remain on their parents insurance plans, including cancer patients who require long

4 UCSF Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2020

Four UC San Francisco faculty members are among the 100 new national and international members elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health of medicine. Membership in the NAM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD, Builds a Tiny Microscope for Wireless Biopsy

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD, associate professor in residence in the Dept. of Radiation Oncology, recently received an NIH New Innovator Award. His project, titled INSITE (Implantable Photonic Sensors for Immunoresponse in the Tumor microenvironment), proposes to assess response or resistance to

Risk of Deadly Skin Cancer May Be Gauged by Accumulated DNA Damage

Risk for melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, can be estimated long before detection of any suspicious moles, according to a UC San Francisco scientist who led a new study to detect DNA mutations in individual skin cells. Skin damage from the sun builds up over time but is often not obvious to the

Parents Less Aware When Their Kids Vape Than When They Smoke

Most parents know or suspect when their child smokes, but they are much more likely to be in the dark if the child vapes or uses other tobacco products, according to a large national study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The study, which tracked more than 23,000 participants aged 12 to 17 years

Cancer Immunotherapy 'Uniquely Suppressed' by Liver Tumors

Though cancer immunotherapy has become a promising standard-of-care treatment—and in some cases, perhaps a cure—for a wide variety of different cancers, it doesn’t work for everyone, and researchers have increasingly turned their attention to understanding why. For example, doctors have noticed that

Immense Variation Found Within Meningiomas Offers Insight Into Therapeutic Targets

With 34,210 new diagnoses projected this year in the United States,1 meningiomas are the most common primary brain tumor. While the majority of meningiomas are low grade and typically respond well to surgery and radiotherapy, high grade meningiomas are still poorly understood and often recur despite