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Cancer Therapy

Cancer Researchers ID ‘Achilles Heel’ of Drug-Resistant Tumors

UC San Francisco scientists have figured out why some lung cancers become drug-resistant after initially responding to targeted therapies. In the process, they devised...
Breast Reconstruction

New Method Of Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain For Some Cancer...

For nearly four decades, the main option for breast reconstruction for women who had to undergo a mastectomy was to place implants under the...
Cancer-Fighting Repertoire

New ‘SLICE’ Tool Can Massively Expand Immune System’s Cancer-Fighting Repertoire

Immunotherapy can cure some cancers that until fairly recently were considered fatal. In addition to developing drugs that boost the immune system’s cancer-fighting abilities,...
Ovarian Cysts

Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

Simple ovarian cysts are extremely common in women and do not require additional ultrasound surveillance or surgical removal, according to a new study of more than 72,000 women...
Alzheimer’s and Cardiovascular Disease

Alzheimer’s and Cardiovascular Disease Share Common Genetics in Some Patients

Genetics may predispose some people to both Alzheimer’s disease and high levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol, a common feature of cardiovascular disease,...
Deadly Lung Disease

To Better Treat COPD, Scientists Look to Tailored Approaches for Deadly...

Valerie Chang kept waking up breathless in the middle of the night. As a regular swimmer and non-smoker, she figured it was a fluke,...
Pulmonary TB

Pulmonary TB Can Be Cured with Shorter Treatment, Study Finds

Almost half of the nearly 10 million patients with active tuberculosis each year could potentially be cured with significantly shorter treatments than current guidelines...
DNA-Editing Toolsvideo

The First Genome Surgeons: Scientists Are Preparing to Bring DNA-Editing Tools...

One afternoon in July, deep within the labyrinthine halls of the Medical Sciences Building at UC San Francisco’s hilltop campus on Parnassus Avenue, the...
Hypoxia

New Drug Could Sustain Oxygen-Starved Hearts

Running low on oxygen is a major danger for any of your body’s tissues, but the heart is particularly sensitive to such hypoxic conditions,...
Immunotherapy

New Immunotherapy Targeting Blood-Clotting Protein Protects Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease...

Normally, the blood protein fibrin does not enter the brain. But in several neurological disorders, the blood-brain barrier—which keeps large molecules in the blood...
Noise-Induced Deafness

Gene Plays Critical Role in Noise-Induced Deafness

In experiments using mice, a team of UC San Francisco researchers has discovered a gene that plays an essential role in noise-induced deafness. Remarkably,...
Traumatic Brain Injuriesvideo

With Dangers of Everyday Concussions Revealed, Scientists Race to Find Solutions

A bump to the head from slipping on the stairs, falling off a skateboard, or running into an open cupboard door has long been...
brain biopsy

Blood Test ‘Biopsy’ for Kids with Brain Tumors Is Simple, Safe...

A new blood test for children with brain tumors may offer a safe way to allow doctors to measure the effectiveness of treatment even before...
neuropsychiatric symptoms

Early Alzheimer’s Brain Pathology Linked to Psychiatric Symptoms

UC San Francisco researchers, in collaboration with the unique Brazilian Biobank for Aging Studies (BBAS) at the University of São Paulo, have shown that...
Neurological Disease

Building a Patchwork Brain to Study Neurological Disease

Scientists at UCSF and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a new technique for making mice with brains that combine the genetics of two different...
Erectile Dysfunction

Genetic Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction Identified

In a new study that ultimately analyzed the genomes of nearly a quarter of a million men, a research team including UC San Francisco...
Tourette Disorder

New Tourette Disorder Genes Come to Light

In the largest DNA sequencing study of Tourette Disorder (TD) to date, UC San Francisco researchers and their collaborators have unearthed new data suggesting...
brain cancer glioblastoma

Researchers Unlock Secret of Deadly Brain Cancer’s “Immortality”

UC San Francisco researchers have discovered how a mutation in a gene regulator called the TERTpromoter — the third most common mutation among all human cancers...
Spinal Cord Injury Treatmentvideo

A New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment is Getting Patients Back on...

Matt Wetschler was bodysurfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco when he went for a wave and didn’t come back up. Some other surfers...
Brain Cells

Innovative Technique Reveals ‘Core Identities’ of Brain Cells

The human brain is made up of about 170 billion cells, each evolved to perform specific tasks, which raises a key question: What makes...