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2013-01-23 10:49:40

Commentary sheds light on approval process for implantable body parts Technological advancements in medicine have allowed patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as hip and knee pain to regain mobility and live relatively pain-free. But some "high risk" surgical devices that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not required to go through clinical trials, where a product is tested to determine its safety and effectiveness. "This could be...

2013-01-17 10:35:47

New research in Nature concludes the eye — which depends on light to see — also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders — in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants. The research, led by scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of...

2013-01-16 12:28:02

CINCINNATI, Jan. 16 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research in Nature concludes the eye - which depends on light to see - also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110406/MM79025LOGO) Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders - in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants. The research,...

2013-01-07 10:06:25

Surgery ranks as the most cost-effective type of treatment, according to UCSF-led study The most comprehensive retrospective study ever conducted comparing how the major types of prostate cancer treatments stack up to each other in terms of saving lives and cost effectiveness is reported this week by a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Appearing in the British Journal of Urology International, the work analyzed 232 papers published in the last...

2012-12-17 16:32:42

The pelvic exam, a standard part of a woman's gynecologic checkup, frequently is performed for reasons that are medically unjustified, according to the authors of a UCSF study that may lay the groundwork for future changes to medical practice. The research shows that many physicians mistakenly believe the exam is important in screening for ovarian cancer. The study, which surveyed obstetricians and gynecologists around the country, also shows that doctors continue to perform the exam in...

Mechanisms Behind Response To Gentle Touch Discovered
2012-12-10 05:47:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers has reportedly discovered the group of nerve cells responsible for communicating the sensation of gentle touch in fruit flies -- and possibly in humans and other organisms as well -- potentially shedding light on one of most mysterious senses in all of biology. In their research, which has been published online by the journal Nature, the UCSF researchers studied...

Acute Kidney Injury Cases On The Rise
2012-12-08 07:27:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Severe acute kidney injuries (AKI) increased an average of 10 percent per year from 2000 to 2009, more than doubling over that time period, according to a new study by research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The study, which is published this week in the online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), discovered these injuries, which describe a sudden, rapid decline in the...

2012-12-03 16:53:17

UCSF scientists use tiny zebrafish to screen for drugs to help control obesity, diabetes, other conditions A tiny, translucent zebrafish that glows green when its liver makes glucose has helped an international team of researchers identify a compound that regulates whole-body metabolism and appears to protect obese mice from signs of metabolic disorders. Led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the work demonstrates how a fish smaller than a grain of rice...

2012-11-28 00:22:06

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telome Health, Inc. (THI), developer of the TeloTest(TM) diagnostic test that measures average telomere length, announces the planned launch of the saliva-based TeloTest in the first quarter of 2013. Related telomere tests, including percentage of short telomeres, would follow. Telome Health's TeloTest(TM) will be the first saliva-based telomere test available on the market. THI leverages the predictive power of data related to telomeres,...

2012-11-21 15:25:57

New UCSF/Kaiser Permanente study shows low risk following insertion of intrauterine devices with same-day screening The risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) following insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) is very low, whether or not women have been screened beforehand for gonorrhea and chlamydia, according to a joint study of nearly 60,000 women by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of...