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Rare In-Vitro Technique Raises Autism Risk, Study Says — Dr. Marcelle Cedars, director of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, commented on a new study finding a slightly increased risk of autism among children born from a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Read more in Bloomberg News.
A New High-Tech, Grass-Roots Effort to Fight Breast Cancer — Dr. Robert Nussbaum, a medical geneticist at UCSF Medical Center, has created an open access database of information on breast cancer genes. The database — part of a larger grass-roots efforts to make this information available to women after the Supreme Court ruled that human genes can't be patented — was discussed in an article on Slate.com.
LVAD Gives Paradise Woman a Second Chance — A 76-year-old woman who used to suffer from congestive heart failure, diabetes and kidney failure is enjoying much better health, thanks to a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted at UCSF Medical Center. Read her story in the Chico Enterprise-Record.
Gauging the Natural, and Digital, Rhythms of Life — Dr. Jeffrey Olgin, co-director of the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center and chief of Cardiology, spoke about harnassing data gathered by wearable sensors for health care and disease prevention in The New York Times.
Vision Loss from Retinal Tears Can Be Prevented — Retinal tears are simple to treat if caught early, but many people don't know the symptoms. Dr. Robert Bhisitkul, a UCSF ophthalmologist, explained the causes and symptoms of retinal tears in an article from the San Jose Mercury News.
Washington Hospital Enters Partnership with UCSF — UCSF and Washington Hospital in Fremont are forming a partnership to expand patient services in the community and facilitate transfers and referrals to UCSF. Read more in the San Jose Mercury News.
More Patients Than Docs Report Skin Surgery Problems — More than 25 percent of patients reported experiencing complications after a skin procedure for non-melanoma skin cancer, yet just 3 percent of their doctors noted the complication in their medical records, according to a new study led by UCSF dermatologist Eleni Linos. Learn more from Reuters.
Treatments for Prostate, Breast Cancer Vary Widely, Depending on Where People Live — Treatments for prostate cancer and early-stage breast cancer vary widely between communities just a few miles away from each other, according to a new California study. Dr. Matthew Cooperberg, a genitourinary cancer specialist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, spoke about the findings with the San Jose Mercury News.
What Happens To Spelling Bee Kids? — What happens to spelling bee contestants when they grow up? One champion speller is now a surgical pathologist at UCSF Medical Center. Learn more from National Public Radio.
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