March 2008

From the Vice Chief of General Internal Medicine

Brief clinical updates in Primary Care Connections are intended to reinforce new information from medical literature and clinical practice.

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Genetic Testing New Weapon Against Heart Disease

Genetic testing can help prevent and treat potentially life-threatening familial cardiovascular conditions such as Marfan syndrome, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart defects and hereditary arrhythmias.

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Undiagnosed Pituitary Tumors Cause Debilitating Conditions

Do you know the symptoms of a pituitary tumor — a condition that affects one in five people worldwide? Undetected pituitary tumors can cause life-threatening cardiovascular disease and adrenal, gonadal and thyroid insufficiency.

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New Guidelines for Concussion Diagnosis

A 24-year-old male falls off his bike, hits his head and complains of headache and dizziness for three days. Did he experience a concussion? New diagnosis guidelines for concussion were developed by the Second International Conference on Concussion in Sport.

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Active Surveillance — Viable Option for Prostate Cancer Management

Recent research suggests that "active surveillance" is a viable alternative for some men with low-risk prostate cancer. Risk is determined by assessing PSA levels, prostate needle biopsy results and findings on prostate gland ultrasound.

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Proven Therapies Available for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence affects an estimated 25 million women of all ages nationwide but less than half of them seek treatment from their primary care physician. Childbirth, obesity and recurring bladder infections can cause the condition.

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In Memoriam — Dr. Jonathan 'Jack' Rodnick

Longtime UCSF educator and clinician Dr. Jonathan "Jack" Rodnick, former chair of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, died unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2007 while vacationing in Hawaii.

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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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