A deadly virus identified in snakes

UCSF scientists have uncovered the possible cause of a mysterious disease that causes bacterial infections, neurological problems, anorexia and withering in snakes.

Overcrowded ERs lead to even bigger problems

A UCSF study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are plagued with overcrowding, which has become a major problem in the health system.

Teen brains show early signs of cigarette addiction

A UCSF study, has found that teenagers have a lower level for nicotine addiction than is commonly believed. It shows that people who begin smoking in their early teens are more likely to become lifelong smokers.

Promising melanoma treatment in trial

Researchers at UCSF are testing a procedure called electroimmunotherapy, which sends electric forces deep into the skin to eliminate melanoma tumors. A trial patient loses 4 of 6 of his lumps.

Study links key dementia protein, brain trauma

The mysterious proteins called prions, which build up in the human brain to cause Alzheimer's and other dementias, are also linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and in the brain damage of athletes like football players who have suffered repeated concussions, UCSF researchers report.

Scientists reprogram skin cells into brain cells

Research by scientists at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes offers new hope in the fight against many neurological conditions because a transformation of skins cells offer models for testing drugs for devastating neurodegenerative conditions.

UCSF advances fight against cystic fibrosis

At UCSF, aggressive treatment has produced striking results over the past decade.

Social Security: fixing the glaring gap for women

Women typically receive less from Social Security than men, with millions of widows and women of color falling into poverty in old age, according to a UCSF study presented at a Congressional briefing.

Scientists identify brain circuitry associated with addictive, depressive behaviors

UCSF researchers have determined how specific circuitry in the brain controls not only body movement, but also motivation and learning, providing new insight into neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and psychiatric disorders such as addiction and depression.

Hospital bills for appendix removal may range from cost of a refrigerator to cost of house

A UCSF study found huge disparities in patients' bills. Researchers say the results aren't unique to California and illustrate a broken system.

UCSF artificial kidney project tapped for accelerated FDA program

An effort to create an implantable artificial kidney for dialysis patients has been selected as one of the first projects to undergo more timely and collaborative review at the FDA.

Autism: scientist zero in on rare chromosome defect

A UCSF study is one of the first in which autism researchers are narrowing their focus into one of the few known causes of the disorder.

Alzheimer's disease spreads through linked nerve cells, brain imaging studies suggest

A UCSF finding raises hopes to use MRI to predict progression of Alzheimer's and forms of dementia.

Sex-deprived male fruit flies drink more

In experiments seeking to understand the root causes of human addiction, UCSF scientists have discovered that male fruit flies turn to alcohol when female flies reject their sexual advances.

Anticipation of stressful situations accelerates cellular aging

The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives, but it may also contribute to stress related increased risk for the diseases of aging, according to a UCSF study.

Moms with migraines twice as likely to have baby with colic

A UCSF study suggests colic might just be an early sign that a baby will grow up to have migraines.

Team uncovers how immune cells move against invaders

A UCSF discovery offers insights that could lead to strategies for treating conditions from spinal cord injury to cancer.

Scientists sound alarm for state research funding

UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.

Tax on sugary drinks could prevent heart disease

Scientists from UCSF said applying a levy on sweetened beverages would prevent nearly 100,000 cases of heart disease and 8,000 strokes over the next decade. They estimated this would save 26,000 lives.

Open source licensing defuses copyright law threat to medicine

Enforcing copyright law could potentially interfere with patient care, stifle innovation and discourage research, but using open source licensing instead can prevent the problem, according to a UCSF researcher.

Computers implanted in brain could help paralyzed

It sounds like science fiction, but scientists, including at UC Berkeley and UCSF, are getting tantalizingly close to building the mind-controlled prosthetic arms, computer cursors and mechanical wheelchairs of the future

Pot, narcotics OK to treat pain, study finds

Inhaled marijuana appears to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain when used in addition to narcotics like morphine and oxycodone, according to a UCSF study that is the first to look at the combined effects of the two classes of drugs in humans.

Bay Area Science Festival features fun, discovery

Hundreds of scientists at research institutions, laboratories, universities and high-tech companies go public, Oct. 27-Nov. 3, to show adults and kids alike that the scientific world is exciting, fun and well worth exploring. The festival is the brainchild of UCSF researchers.

An innovator shapes an empire

A profile of Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of UCSF, which is widely regarded among scientists as one of the crown jewels of biomedical research and a birthplace of biotechnology and innovation.

A remnant from algae in malaria parasite may prove its weakness

UCSF scientists may have found a critical weakness in the parasite that causes malaria. The discovery provides a promising target for new therapies.

Race reemerges in debate over personalized medicine

A UCSF researcher, who studies biological variations among races, weighs in on debate about whether race has scientific validity in modern DNA-based medicine.

Novel virus jumped from monkeys to humans

A novel version of a virus responsible for many illnesses in humans and animals has managed to jump from one species and spark infection in another, according to UCSF researchers.

New study shows surprising cause for autism

Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF and Stanford.

Global health fellows announced

The UC Global Health Institute announced new fellowship recipients from four UC campuses. Funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, fellows will conduct research in various parts of the world.

Lack of sleep weakens vaccine effectiveness

A UCSF study shows that people who get less than six hours of sleep don't have the adequate response to the standard three-dose hepatitis B vaccine. The study is the first real-world look at the link between sleep duration and immune response to vaccines.

Pink and painful

Researchers at UC San Diego have new insight on the science behind the sunburn. Their study pinpoints the factors that trigger sunburn, which is a protective mechanism preventing damaged cells from turning into skin cancer.

Cigarettes made from tobacco with less nicotine may help smokers quit

Smokers can begin loosening the tight grip of nicotine addiction by smoking low-nicotine cigarettes, without lighting up any more than they usually do, according to UCSF research.

UCSF joins trend offering published research free

UCSF has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository.

Prostate cancer drug so effective trial stopped

A new drug for advanced prostate cancer patients has proved so effective that researchers stopped the clinical trial early to give all patients a chance to receive the life-extending medication, according to a UCSF-led study.

UC receives $36 million in stem cell grants

Twelve UC scientists received $36.7 million in grants from the state's stem cell agency to support projects that are in the initial stages of identifying drugs or cell types that could become disease therapies.

Cardiovascular safety concerns over smoking-cessation drug misleading

A UCSF study, funded by UC's Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program, challenges an earlier report and finds that a popular antismoking drug may be safe after all.

Marijuana use higher in young adult smokers than previously reported

Half of young adult tobacco smokers also have smoked marijuana in the last 30 days, according to a UCSF study, indicating a greater prevalence of marijuana and tobacco co-use among smokers age 18-25 than previously reported.

California to test HIV-prevention pill

The California HIV-AIDS Research Program at the UC Office of the President awarded $11.8 million in grants for prevention pill studies and efforts to get about 3,000 HIV-infected people in Southern California into treatment and keep them there.

Meditation improves emotional behaviors in teachers, study finds

A novel UCSF study, in collaboration with Buddhists, found that schoolteachers who underwent a short but intensive program of meditation were less depressed, anxious or stressed and more compassionate and aware of others' feelings.

Is sugar toxic?

A UCSF pediatric endocrinologist believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us.

Tobacco smoke affects early human embryonic development

UCSF scientists have gained insight into how second-hand tobacco smoke damages the earliest stages of human embryonic development.

Turning cartilage to bone could replace grafts

UCSF scientists aren't only studying techniques for improving bone grafting, they're looking at ways to replace bone grafts with cartilage transplants.

Babies' colic linked to mothers' migraines

A UCSF study has shown that mothers who suffer migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic than mothers without a history of migraines.

Boosting cigarette tax could bolster California economy by $2 billion

A June 5 ballot initiative designed to boost the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack could create 12,000 new permanent jobs right away and add nearly $2 billion in economic activity in the Golden State annually, according to a UCSF study.

Hubble pinpoints farthest protocluster of galaxies ever seen

An UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist contributed to the discovery of a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of construction. It is the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.

Endorphin study may help refine alcohol treatment

UCSF and UC Berkeley scientists have for the first time found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure inducing endorphins in the brain, and heavy drinkers are especially influenced by those endorphins.

New swine, drug-resistant flu strains tracked

UCSF infectious disease experts are on the alert for new strains of the virus, including another swine flu that's popped up in parts of the United States and a drug-resistant flu circulating in the Southern Hemisphere.

The unspoken diagnosis: old age

A UCSF palliative care specialist suggests that doctors broach the subject of probable life expectancy with their very old patients.

Treatment as prevention: How the new way to control HIV came to be

UCSF and UCLA researchers discuss keys to managing the disease for the foreseeable future. Using treatment as prevention in healthy people may be an important way to do that.

Steroids given to preemies may harm their brains

Steroids given to premature babies to help them breathe and maintain normal blood pressure may impair the development of a part of their brains, a UCSF study shows.

New research on tinnitus could lead to treatment

UC Berkeley scientists believe they have found a new avenue for treating an often debilitating ear and brain condition that causes people to hear a constant ringing or buzzing sound.

Doctors, patients assess effectiveness of medical marijuana

Igor Grant of UC San Diego and Donald Abrams are among scientists interviewed by PBS about the therapeutic effects of marijuana.

Seven ways to slow down Alzheimer's

At least half of all cases of the disease can be linked to seven major risk factors, and controlling them could sharply reduce the risk of developing the devastating illness, according to UCSF researchers.

Heart disease, stroke linked to income

A UCSF found that developing countries tend to suffer more death and disability by stroke than heart disease, opposite the situation in the U.S. and other countries with higher national incomes.

UC fears talent loss to deeper pockets

The departure of three star scientists from UC San Diego has officials worried about a possible brain drain tied to budget cuts.

Women with PTSD may have increased health risk

UCSF researchers found that women who have post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely age faster, and they have a higher risk for diseases than men.

UC Health: Innovation Profile

UCSF's Wendy Anderson is a champion of palliative care, focusing on quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families.

A new way to understand PTSD

Recent improvements in imaging technologies offer a detailed look of the brain. A UCSF psychiatrist hopes these tools will help scientists better understand the cause of conditions such as post traumatic stress and sleep disorders.

Leading scientists issuing research road map to get AIDS cure

At the start of the International AIDS Conference, a UCSF scientist and others discuss a number of different leads that just might solve and treat the epidemic.

Cancer's next magic bullet may be magic shotgun

A new approach to drug design, pioneered by a group of researchers at UCSF and Mt. Sinai, New York, promises to help identify future drugs to fight cancer and other diseases that will be more effective and have fewer side effects.

Greater use of imaging tests raises radiation fear

Use of CT scans, MRIs and other forms of advanced medical imaging has skyrocketed in recent years, according to a UCSF study.

Chronic pain is relieved by cell transplantation in lab study

A new study by UCSF scientists shows how a cell therapy might one day be used not only to quell some common types of persistent and difficult-to-treat pain, but also to cure the conditions that give rise to them.

Many kids exposed to smoke despite parents' claims

More than half of kids who were part of a UCSF study tested positive for secondhand smoke exposure, even though only a handful of their parents admitted to lighting up.

Faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thirteen UC faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist.

Researchers decipher 'selective hearing'

A UCSF neurosurgeon and an electrical engineer say they now understand how the 'cocktail party' effect works, a finding that resolves a mystery that has plagued psychologists for more than a century.

Initiative will test HIV prevention pill in California

The California HIV/AIDS Research Program of UC has awarded grants totaling $11.8 million to three teams of investigators to test a potential HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected people in California.

Research see link between HIV and abuse among women

Trauma and post-traumatic stress syndrome are closely tied both to the risk of becoming infected with HIV and lower rates of successful treatment, according to two recent UCSF studies.

Making it easier to access data

UCSF researchers have created a network and service to accelerate the use of large, public data sets in conducting studies of health and health care.

Teaching fat cells to burn calories

In the war against obesity, one's own fat cells may seem an unlikely ally, but new research from the UCSF suggests ordinary fat cells can be reengineered to burn calories.

Treating neurological disorders with music therapy

PBS NewsHour highlights efforts at UCSF to harness and understand the impact of music therapy on the brain.

New lung cancer test predicts survival

In the two largest clinical studies ever conducted on the molecular genetics of lung cancer, a team led by UCSF scientists has demonstrated a test can predict the likelihood of death from early lung cancer more accurately than conventional methods.

Tax and regulate sugar like alcohol and tobacco, urge scientists

Sugar is as toxic to the liver as alcohol and is at the root of obesity and certain types of liver disease, say a group of UCSF researchers.

Interactive tools to assess the likelihood of death

UCSF researchers have identified 16 assessment scales with 'moderate' to 'very good' abilities to determine the likelihood of death within six months to five years in various older populations.

Traumatic stress linked to biological indicator

A study of Bay Area and New York police academy recruits by researchers, including at UCSF, is considered one of the first and largest studies to look at biological stress indicators before and after traumatic events.

Tobacco company misrepresented danger from cigarettes, study finds

A new UCSF study shows that Philip Morris USA manipulated data on the effects of additives in cigarettes, obscuring actual toxicity levels and increasing the risk of heart, cancer and other diseases for smokers.

Time's people who mattered: Dr. Robert Grant

A UCSF researcher pushed to test the potential of antiviral drugs as a way to protect healthy, uninfected people from acquiring the virus.

Geron to halt stem cell work

A leading UCSF stem cell scientist comments on a significant setback, particularly to patients who are hoping for the rapid translation of stem cell research into therapies.

Study suggests annual mammograms unnecessary

More than half of women who are screened annually for breast cancer will get a false positive result within 10 years of their first mammogram, according to a UCSF study that throws more fuel on the controversy over when, and how often, women should be tested.

Heart failure program has reduced readmissions by 30 percent

A UCSF program gives patients plenty of information and support to help them after they are discharged. Originally for heart failure patients 65 and older, the program is being expanded to all cardiology patients as well as to neurology patients.

Four factors that may shrink your brain

Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking cigarettes and being overweight or obese were associated with a more rapid decline in brain volume, a UC Davis study found.

When the ringing won't stop, clear your mind

A UCSF study tested the effectiveness of meditation for tinnitus sufferers. Previous studies of the technique with those with chronic pain have documented significant improvements in quality of life.

QB3 spotlights UC science, American Idol-style

Students and post-doctoral fellows from the three UC campuses covered by QB3 will vote online, just like American Idol, for the biotech project they believe does the most public good.