June 2008

From the Chief of General Internal Medicine

Communication with patients is a special challenge when caring for patients who have limited English proficiency and health literacy and are from different cultural backgrounds. Dr. Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, chief of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center, comments on research that shows the use of professional interpreters improves patient outcomes.

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Islet Cell Transplant Relieves Pancreatitis

An innovative procedure — involving a total pancreatectomy and an islet autotransplant — helps alleviate the pain caused by chronic pancreatitis, while preserving a patient's ability to secrete insulin. It also cuts the risk in half of developing surgically induced diabetes.

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Updated Test Improves Detection of Breast and Ovarian Cancer Gene

Patients who had a negative test result for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations may still be at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, if the test was taken more than two years ago. A new test identifies mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer that were undetected by previous tests.

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New Approach Optimizes Prostate Biopsy, Cancer Grading

Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) for prostate biopsies — using new imaging techniques and gathering more biopsy cores over an extended area — increases the cancer detection rate and improves grading accuracy.

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Thyroid Biopsy — Less Painful, More Accurate Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration

An estimated 20 million people in the United States have thyroid disease, including benign thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Learn about the latest and most accurate biopsy technique that doesn't require an incision.

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Language Barriers Add Risk for Hypertension Among Chinese Americans

Language barriers, low health literacy and lack of culturally sensitive health services contribute to the high incidence of hypertension among Chinese Americans.

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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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