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New book analyzes how health care education became vulnerable to corruption

New book analyzes how health care education became vulnerable to corruption

In Trouble in the University, Mildred A. Schwartz analyzes how changes in U.S. higher education affecting the health care professions and in the relations between universities and the state have created conditions that can give rise to corruption. [More]
Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may not protect women from breast cancer as had been thought, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF). [More]
Turn-key intervention program increases physical activity levels among kids in daycare

Turn-key intervention program increases physical activity levels among kids in daycare

Research led by Dr. Melinda Sothern, Professor and Director of Behavioral & Community Health at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, reports that a turn-key intervention program significantly increased physical activity levels among children in daycare. [More]
Scientists uncover new information on how stem cells in human bowel behave

Scientists uncover new information on how stem cells in human bowel behave

For the first time, scientists have uncovered new information on how stem cells in the human bowel behave, revealing vital clues about the earliest stages in bowel cancer development and how we may begin to prevent it. [More]
Scientists analyze genetic characteristics of cancers using multiple genomic technology platforms

Scientists analyze genetic characteristics of cancers using multiple genomic technology platforms

New research partly led by UC San Francisco-affiliated scientists suggests that one in 10 cancer patients would be more accurately diagnosed if their tumors were defined by cellular and molecular criteria rather than by the tissues in which they originated, and that this information, in turn, could lead to more appropriate treatments. [More]
Dentist educates patients about sedation dentistry

Dentist educates patients about sedation dentistry

The American Dental Association estimates that as much as 10 percent of the American population have dental phobia. Dental phobia is a severe anxiety or dread of making a trip to the dentist. [More]
More and more patients are opting for dental implants, says dentist

More and more patients are opting for dental implants, says dentist

A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that 25 percent of patients over 60 years old have lost all of their teeth. It's estimated that 63% of all American adults are missing more than one tooth. [More]
Cosmetic dentistry improves patients' self-confidence

Cosmetic dentistry improves patients' self-confidence

The results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that virtually all Americans -- 99.7 percent to be exact -- believe that a nice looking smile is an important physical asset. Dr. Michael Lenz, DMD of Wilmington Dental Associates sees countless patients who don't like the way their teeth look and are eager to improve their smiles at his Wilmington cosmetic dentistry. [More]
UCSF study: Acute psychological stress promotes healing in mouse models of different skin irritations

UCSF study: Acute psychological stress promotes healing in mouse models of different skin irritations

Brief, acute psychological stress promoted healing in mouse models of three different types of skin irritations, in a study led by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]
UCSF researchers identify novel molecular features within the developing human brain

UCSF researchers identify novel molecular features within the developing human brain

UC San Francisco researchers have identified cells' unique features within the developing human brain, using the latest technologies for analyzing gene activity in individual cells, and have demonstrated that large-scale cell surveys can be done much more efficiently and cheaply than was previously thought possible. [More]

Dental researchers warn parents about dangers of high acidity drinks

Dental researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple-threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth. [More]
Emergency department closures can affect death rates, finds UCSF research

Emergency department closures can affect death rates, finds UCSF research

In the first analysis of its kind, UC San Francisco research shows that emergency department closures can have a ripple effect on patient outcomes at nearby hospitals. [More]
Drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can improve health of kidney transplant recipients

Drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can improve health of kidney transplant recipients

UC San Francisco is the lead institution on a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine if certain immune system cells and/or a drug now used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in improving and maintaining the long-term health of kidney transplant recipients. [More]
Scientists spearhead new £6 million initiative to find better ways to prevent cancer

Scientists spearhead new £6 million initiative to find better ways to prevent cancer

Queen's University scientists are helping to spearhead a new £6 million initiative to find better ways to prevent cancer. [More]
Subtle changes in gene can predict how brain reacts to stress

Subtle changes in gene can predict how brain reacts to stress

Scientists studying depression in teens have discovered that subtle changes in a gene can predict how the brain reacts to stress, which can cause such health issues as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obesity. [More]

Some medical schools trim time to degree

A survey of 120 medical schools, conducted by the New York University School of Medicine, found that 30 percent were considering or already planning three-year programs. [More]
First Edition: August 4, 2014

First Edition: August 4, 2014

Today's headlines include a variety of health policy stories reflecting developments on the state level. [More]
Study confirms benefit of surgical treatment for migraines

Study confirms benefit of surgical treatment for migraines

Dr. Oren Tessler, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, is part of a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who report a high success rate using a method to screen and select patients for a specific surgical migraine treatment technique. [More]
TRIP13 protein encourages cancer cells to repair themselves

TRIP13 protein encourages cancer cells to repair themselves

Imagine you're fighting for your life but no matter how hard you hit, your opponent won't go down. The same can be said of highly treatment-resistant cancers, such as head and neck cancer, where during radiation and chemotherapy some cancer cells repair themselves, survive and thrive. [More]
Researchers find differences in brain wiring between children with SPD and those with autism

Researchers find differences in brain wiring between children with SPD and those with autism

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder. [More]