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March 2010

Commentary — Providing Medical Care at the Winter Olympics

Dr. Anthony Luke, a primary care sports medicine specialist, discusses his experience as a volunteer physician at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the need for athletes to understand what can be done to prevent injury, work around injuries and optimize efficiency in sports.

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Asthma Self-Management Sessions Result in Fewer ER Visits

Research at UCSF Medical Center has shown that asthma symptoms and biological markers of airway inflammation can be greatly reduced when patients complete a 30-minute self-management educational intervention. The self-management session also reduced or eliminated the need for emergency department visits.

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Prostate Cancer Assessment Predicts Disease Progression

A new risk assessment for prostate cancer accurately predicts the likelihood of the disease progression and offers patients and their doctors new insight into risk-adapted treatment options. The risk assessment tool, called Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment (CAPRA), is available online.

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High Cure Rates for Skin Cancer With Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery, a precise surgical technique, provides the highest cure rates for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancers. For these cancers, the procedure has a 99 percent cure rate for new cases and 95 percent for recurrent ones.

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Reverse Shoulder Replacement New Option for Rotator Cuff Injury

An advanced shoulder replacement therapy, called reverse shoulder replacement, can provide pain relief and restore normal shoulder function to those with debilitating rotator cuff arthropathy. This procedure allows shoulder replacement surgery to be performed, when conventional surgery is not an option due to the loss of rotator cuff tendons.

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Identifying Patients at Risk for Sleep Apnea

More than 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but the condition often goes undiagnosed, increasing the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Knowing the risk factors and questions to ask your patients can help identify those who may need testing for the disorder.

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Continuing Medical Education

Attend one of UCSF's upcoming CME courses for the latest research in medicine. See a list of courses by department.

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