Latest University of California, San Francisco Stories

Spurned In Love, Study Finds Fruit Flies Turn To Alcohol
2012-03-16 07:48:23

[ Watch the Video ] A male, his affections spurned by a female that he's attracted to, is driven to excessive alcohol consumption. The story may be familiar, but in this case, the lead characters aren't humans -- they're fruit flies. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have discovered that like their Homo sapiens counterparts, male members of the species Drosophila melanogaster tend to, for lack of a better term, "get drunk" after being rejected by...

2012-03-15 12:32:34

UCSF-Led Analysis Calls for More Active Role of Reproductive Health Specialists Ob-gyns are uniquely positioned to play a major role in reducing the effects of toxic chemicals on women and babies, according to an analysis led by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers. The team recommends a multipronged approach that includes evaluating patients´ environmental exposures to chemicals and providing education, in addition to broader strategies to influence...

2012-03-08 14:55:37

UCSF Identifies New Target Against Obesity Involving Brown Fat In the war against obesity, one´s own fat cells may seem an unlikely ally, but new research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests ordinary fat cells can be reengineered to burn calories. While investigating how a common drug given to people with diabetes works in mice, a UCSF team discovered that a protein called PRDM16, found in both men and mice, can throw a switch on fat cells, converting...

2012-03-06 10:27:51

Health care reform changes likely to magnify problem With no specific clinical preventive care guidelines targeting young adults, health care providers are missing key opportunities to improve the health of this population through preventive screening and intervention. Yet a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that when the ages of 18-26 years are carved out of existing professional guidelines across specialty groups, there are a broad number of...

2012-02-29 14:11:06

UCSF Study Shows Digital Cognitive Training Improves Brain Function and Behavior for People with Schizophrenia People with schizophrenia who completed 80 hours of intensive, computerized cognitive training exercises were better able to perform complex tasks that required them to distinguish their internal thoughts from reality. As described in the journal Neuron on Feb. 22, 2012, a small clinical study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and the University of...

2012-02-23 05:00:00

Telome Health, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on the role of telomere biology in human health, has announced that co-founder and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn has been awarded Innovator of the Year by Silicon Valley Business Journal. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 Telome Health, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on the role of telomere biology in human health, has announced that co-founder and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn has...

Colic In Babies May Be Tied To Migraines From Mother
2012-02-21 09:43:08

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at the medical records of 154 mothers and their babies and came to the conclusion that children are two-and-a-half times more likely to have colic if their mothers suffer from migraines. According to Dr. Amy Gelfand, child neurologist with the Headache Center at UCSF, “Since migraine is a highly genetic disorder, our study suggests infant colic may be an early sign a child may be predisposed toward migraine...

2012-02-15 23:11:18

UCSF study identifies possible way to minimize heart damage A UCSF stem cell study conducted in mice suggests a novel strategy for treating damaged cardiac tissue in patients following a heart attack. The approach potentially could improve cardiac function, minimize scar size, lead to the development of new blood vessels — and avoid the risk of tissue rejection. In the investigation, reported online in the journal PLoS ONE,...

Billions At Stake In Texas Patent Case To Determine Who Owns ‘Interactive Web’
2012-02-10 08:38:14

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee testified in Federal Court on Tuesday in a patent case brought by Eolas Technologies, which claims to have rights to the “interactive web,” according to various media reports. The outcome of the case will determine whether the rich, interactive web we know today is owned by the world, or whether the core technology upon which it operates is actually owned by a little-known company that would be able to extract royalties from a large...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'