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2012-06-22 10:46:38

Preventing diabetes or delaying its onset has been thought to stave off cognitive decline – a connection strongly supported by the results of a 9-year study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Earlier studies have looked at cognitive decline in people who already had diabetes. The new study is the first to demonstrate that the greater risk of cognitive decline is also present among people who develop...

2012-06-16 01:04:52

A new approach to drug design, pioneered by a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Mt. Sinai, New York, promises to help identify future drugs to fight cancer and other diseases that will be more effective and have fewer side effects. Rather than seeking to find magic bullets – chemicals that specifically attack one gene or protein involved in one particular part of a disease process – the new approach looks to find “magic...

2012-06-15 14:28:39

UCSF-led finding calls for policy changes for 'underprepared' prison system Soaring numbers of older, sicker prisoners are causing an unprecedented health care challenge for the nation's criminal justice system, according to a new UCSF report. As the American penal system confronts a costly demographic shift toward older prisoners, the authors call for an overhaul in health care practices for elderly inmates who disproportionately account for escalating medical expenses behind bars. The...

2012-06-07 09:26:11

Standard performance measures used by health care systems and insurance companies to assess how well physicians are controlling their patients´ blood pressure tell an incomplete and potentially misleading story, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The study authors tested a more nuanced experimental measure, designed to better reflect the clinical judgments doctors make in caring...

Amputee Athletes Push Physical Boundaries With Help From Unique clinic
2012-06-05 14:24:07

UCSF´s Multidisciplinary Training Program Helps Amputees Reach Their Athletic Goals Carlos Gonzalez stands out from an athletic group gathered on a grassy field at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The gregarious 32-year-old sports a stylish fauxhawk and walks with a confident yet understated swagger. He's training to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. The group looks like a slice of the Bay Area: a multiracial gathering — white, black, Latino, Asian, biracial — of...

2012-05-31 11:52:07

After being infected with SIV, rhesus macaques that had more of a certain type of immune cell in their gut than others had much lower levels of the virus in their blood, and for 6 months after infection were better able to control the virus After being infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in a laboratory study, rhesus macaques that had more of a certain type of immune cell in their gut than others had much lower levels of the virus in their blood, and for six months after...

2012-05-24 23:17:22

UCSF scientists aim to use embryonic stem cells for treatment Chronic pain, by definition, is difficult to manage, but a new study by UCSF scientists shows how a cell therapy might one day be used not only to quell some common types of persistent and difficult-to-treat pain, but also to cure the conditions that give rise to them. The researchers, working with mice, focused on treating chronic pain that arises from nerve injury -- so-called neuropathic pain. In their study, published...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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