October 2009

Commentary — Guidelines for H1N1 Influenza A

Virtually all cases of influenza occurring now in Northern California are H1NI Influenza A (swine flu). So far, these cases have been as mild as seasonal flu but it's difficult to predict how H1N1 will evolve this winter. Dr. Josh Adler, chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center, provides guidelines for prevention and treatment of H1N1 this flu season.

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New Implant Technology Regenerates Knee Cartilage

More than 12 million people a year see a doctor because of knee pain, with half of those patients suffering from cartilage damage, according to a survey by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. A new therapy, offered at UCSF's Orthopaedic Institute, re-grows human cartilage using a patient's own cells, providing a more effective option than conventional treatment.

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New Minimally Invasive Surgery for Hyperparathyroidism

Primary hyperparathyroidism, if untreated, can cause neurocognitive impairment, osteoporosis, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Surgery is the only curative therapy with a 95 percent success rate. New minimally invasive surgical techniques are providing excellent outcomes and could be an option for the more than 100,000 patients diagnosed annually in the United States with this condition.

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Early Treatment of ILD Improving Patient Survival

The prognosis for most forms of interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been historically dismal. New drugs, however, are being tested that may halt or slow the progression of fibrosis. In addition, a lung transplant is an effective option for some.

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Dance Medicine Helps Keep Athletes on Stage

Professional dancers report an annual injury rate of 67 to 95 percent, according to a five-year study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Many of these injuries are serious enough to end a dancer's career. Specialized care can help prevent injury and help rehabilitate these athletes.

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Treatment Options for Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the most common chronic condition for which patients seek treatment, with an annual treatment cost of $3 billion. It also can be difficult to accurately diagnose due to the ubiquitous nature of the condition's symptoms. Find out more about diagnosing sinusitis and treatments for the condition, including surgery.

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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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