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2012-02-02 23:15:19

An upward revision of the blood pressure numbers used to identify risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) might actually help doctors provide better care for their patients, said the authors of a study in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The researchers found that systolic blood pressure — the “upper number” in a blood pressure reading — was the key variable. Current guidelines call for CKD patients to maintain a systolic pressure of 130/80 or lower in...

Doctors Say Sugar Should Be Regulated Like Alcohol, Tobacco
2012-02-02 06:25:01

[ Watch the Video ] A group of doctors have published a report claiming sugar should be regulated and taxed by the government in much the same way as tobacco and alcohol. They claim that sugar, at the rate most Americans consume it, is more than empty calories. Sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, alters the signaling of hormones and causes damage to the liver. These are similar to the health hazards posed by excessively drinking alcohol which is made from fermented and...

2012-02-01 23:40:08

UCSF discovery sheds light on how robust exercise may lower the risk of prostate cancer progression Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have identified nearly 200 genes in the healthy prostate tissue of men with low-grade prostate cancer that may help explain how physical activity improves survival from the disease. The study compared the activity of some 20,000 genes in healthy prostate tissue biopsied from several dozen patients. The finding builds on...

2012-02-01 20:43:18

Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of UCSF researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations. In the United States, 75 percent of health...

Image 1 - Device Could One Day Read Your Mind By Decoding Brain Waves
2012-02-01 09:42:19

[ Watch the Video ] Have you ever imagined taking on the role of Spock in the popular Star Trek shows and films, using your mind melding abilities to read the thoughts of others. Well that could one day become a reality, in a roundabout way. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, have demonstrated a new method to reconstruct words, based on signals from the brains of patients thinking of those words. While it is a far cry from...

2012-02-01 07:10:14

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- Lung cancer kills more then 150,000 Americans and 1.4 million people worldwide every year. More people die from lung cancer each year then those with breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. An international team led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has shown how a new test may be able to predict the likelihood of death from early-stage lung cancer more accurately than traditional methods. Researchers hope that this may...

2012-01-27 11:23:06

Clinical studies in US and China show molecular test could more accurately guide treatment for people with lung cancer In the two largest clinical studies ever conducted on the molecular genetics of lung cancer, an international team led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has demonstrated that an available molecular test can predict the likelihood of death from early-stage lung cancer more accurately than conventional methods. The work may eventually help...

2012-01-24 11:50:37

UCSF Team Develops Methods That May Help Predict Tumor Progression and Improve Treatment Follow-up After people with low-grade glioma, a type of brain cancer, undergo neurosurgery to remove the tumors, they face variable odds of survival – depending largely on how rapidly the cancer recurs. Even though their doctors monitor the tumor closely with sophisticated imaging, it is difficult to determine with certainty whether cancer has returned in a more malignant state that requires...

2012-01-23 10:07:45

UCSF scientists have discovered the unexpected way in which a key cell of the immune system prepares for battle. The finding, they said, offers insight into the processes that take place within these cells and could lead to strategies for treating conditions from spinal cord injury to cancer. The research focused on the neutrophil, the most common type of white blood cell. Like other cells in the immune system, its job is to seek out and destroy bacteria, viruses or other foreign entities...

Protein Assists The Spread Of Breast Cancer
2012-01-18 06:02:54

Researchers have uncovered a protein that helps some breast cancer tumors to break through their surrounding cell matrix and spread to other tissues. The protein, called hepsin, is a protease which is a class of enzymes that cuts other proteins. Proteases can be successfully targeted by drugs, providing the opportunity to target hepsin as a possible new treatment. Co-author Zena Werb, PhD, a professor of anatomy at University of California - San Francisco, said “If we could delay...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.