News & Discoveries

July 20, 2021

Surprising Recoveries Months Later May Prompt Physicians to Delay Life-Support DiscussionsResearchers found that among the patients in a vegetative state, 1 in 4 “regained orientation” – meaning they knew who they were, their location and the date – within 12 months of their injury.

July 19, 2021

UCSF-Led Study Matches Brain Imaging with Prognosis, Showing Lingering Impairment for SomeCT scans for patients with concussion provide critical information about their risk for long-term impairment and potential to make a complete recovery – findings that underscore the need for physician follow-up.

June 17, 2021

T cells – immune cells that patrol our bodies in search of trouble – have become a central focus for UC San Francisco scientists working on living cell therapies, an approach that views cells themselves as a form of medicine. “From my perspective there’s no more important system in the body than the immune system, especially T cells,” said Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, an emeritus professor of medicine at the UCSF Diabetes Center and CEO of the T cell therapy company Sonoma Biotherapeutics. “T cells are potent, diverse and circulate in every tissue from your head to your toes. They play a

June 09, 2021

Cronutt was one sick sea lion before undergoing a groundbreaking surgery last fall. Today he's seizure-free and doing well.

June 09, 2021

Hidden autoimmunity may explain how the coronavirus wreaks such widespread and unpredictable harm.Hidden autoimmunity may explain how the coronavirus wreaks such widespread and unpredictable harm.

June 09, 2021

Cognitive behaviorial therapy for insomnia, the gold-standard intervention, also suggests benefits for well-being.

June 09, 2021

Insomnia is miserable, and lost sleep can harm our health. Now, researchers are seeing the promise of solutions in our genes.Insomnia is miserable, and lost sleep can harm our health. Now, researchers are seeing the promise of solutions in our genes.

June 08, 2021

Interventions Result in Shorter Hospital Stays, Reduced Readmissions, UCSF Study Shows UCSF researchers wanted to see if simple tweaks, like avoiding nighttime interruptions to promote sleep, nixing certain prescription drugs, and promoting exercise and social engagement, could decrease delirium in hospitalized older adults.

June 07, 2021

Final Study by UCSF Astronaut Points to Treg Cells as the CulpritScientists now have shown that the weakening of an astronaut’s immune system during space travel is likely due in part to abnormal activation of immune cells called T regulator cells.

June 07, 2021

Continuing medication for newborns with seizures for months after they are discharged from the hospital does not prevent epilepsy and may cause neurotoxic side effects. In a study led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, researchers compared the outcomes of approximately 300 babies born in nine hospitals throughout the country. All newborns had developed seizures due to acute brain injury in the first few days to weeks after birth and were treated with phenobarbital and/or other anti-seizure medications. Two-thirds of the infants

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