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Epilepsy Cured In Mouse Model With Brain Cell Transplant
2013-05-06 05:56:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists from the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) have effectively cured epilepsy in mice by transplanting brain cells into the rodents´ hippocampus — research that they hope could one day be applied to help treat severe forms of the condition in humans. Dr. Scott C. Baraban, who holds the William K. Bowes Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research at UCSF, and colleagues took medial ganglionic...

Hookah Pipes No Safer Than Cigarettes
2013-04-19 05:37:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the belief that smoking tobacco through a hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes has led the practice to gain popularity on college campuses throughout the US, new research demonstrates that smoke produced by the fragrant water pipe contains a different but no less harmful mixture of toxins. Writing in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) research...

2013-04-17 14:32:42

A new UCSF study has found a clear association between certain genes and the development of lymphedema, a painful and chronic condition that often occurs after breast cancer surgery and some other cancer treatments. The researchers also learned that the risks of developing lymphedema increased significantly for women who had more advanced breast cancer at the time of diagnosis, more lymph nodes removed or a significantly higher body mass index. The study is the first to evaluate genetic...

2013-04-17 13:20:36

UC San Francisco-led team uncovers potential risks to cardiac condition previously thought benign A common test that records the heart's electrical activity could predict potentially serious cardiovascular illness, according to a UC San Francisco-led study. A cardiac condition called left anterior fascicular block (LAFB), in which scarring occurs in a section of the left ventricle, may not be as benign as currently thought and could increase the likelihood of heart failure, sudden...

Cell Therapy Could Become As Common As Mainstream Medicine
2013-04-04 09:21:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) reveals that treating patients with cells may one day become as common as it is now to treat the sick with drugs from engineered proteins, antibodies, or smaller chemicals. The team outlines their vision of cell-based therapy as a "third pillar of medicine" in an online edition of Science Translational Medicine. "Today, biomedical science sits on the cusp of a...

2013-03-13 18:02:56

UCSF study on T-cell behavior sheds light on how vaccines work The immune system's T cells, while coordinating responses to diseases and vaccines, act like honey bees sharing information about the best honey sources, according to a new study by scientists at UC San Francisco. "In the morning, each bee goes looking individually for a sugar source, then comes back to the hive and does a dance in front of the other bees describing the location of what it's found, which helps the hive...

2013-02-28 13:53:07

UCSF study examines patient bills for top 10 visits to the emergency room It's a basic, reasonable question: How much will this cost me? For patients in the emergency room, the answer all too often is a mystery. Emergency departments play a critical role in health care, yet consumers typically know little about how medical charges are determined and often underestimate their financial responsibility -- then are shocked when the hospital bill arrives. A new study led by UC San...

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