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Drug for Fungal Infections in Lung Transplant Recipients Increases Risk for Skin Cancer, Even Death

Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new study by UCSF researchers.

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Trial of Telomerase Inhibitors Points to Lasting Treatments for Myeloproliferative Disorders

A multinational team of physicians and scientists from City of Hope, the San Francisco Bay area and Europe recently reported success of a phase II clinical trial of a novel drug against essential thrombocythemia (ET), one of three myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).

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Telomerase Targeting Drug Demonstrates Benefit in Myelofibrosis Treatment

Imetelstat, a novel drug that targets telomerase, has demonstrated potential value in treating patients with myelofibrosis, according to the results of a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Fingerprinting Erosion

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Watershed health and water quality issues are a growing concern. Researchers examined the sediments traveling downstream toward Lake Winnipeg. In order to better understand where sediments are coming from, they used a technique called color fingerprinting to identify the specific origin of the erosion.

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New York Times Well Columnist and Cancer Survivor Suleika Jaouad to Open AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting

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New York Times Well Columnist Suleika Jaouad will make keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, October 25; PBS NewsHour analyst Susan Dentzer will be the moderator.

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Reward, Aversion Behaviors Activated Through Same Brain Pathways

New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help explain why drug treatments for addiction and depression don’t work for some patients. The conditions are linked to reward and aversion responses in the brain. And the research suggests that some treatments simultaneously stimulate reward and aversion responses, resulting in a net zero effect.

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Diabetes and Brain Tangles May Be Linked Independently of Alzheimer’s Disease

Diabetes may be linked to the buildup of tangles or tau in the brain, separate from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the September 2, 2015, online version of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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UCSF Pediatric Clinic Focused on Rare Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is Third of its Kind in the World

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco has opened the third Pitt Hopkins Syndrome (PTHS) clinic in the world, giving patients with this rare genetic condition access to an interdisciplinary team of specialists, including neurologists, clinical geneticists, gastroenterologists and pulmonologists, and establishing a new platform-for advancing research on the disease.

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Improving Racial Diversity and Patient Experience in Radiology Highlight September JACR

The September 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) highlights efforts to improve diversity in radiology, new ways of improving the radiology patient experience and digital breast tomosynthesis integration in every day practice.

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