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Congratulations to the staff at the Center for Transplantation for recently transplanting 23 organs in 20 patients in a two week time frame: five heart, four liver, three kidney, three lung, two liver/kidney, one kidney/pancreas and one heart/kidney. This high volume of procedures at UC San Diego Health is a reflection of the successful, multidisciplinary approach and comprehensive care provided to our patients as the region’s only academic hospital. Pictured: the five heart transplant patients at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/surgery/transplant/Pages/default.aspx
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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:
Join Kristin Cadenhead MD, Joh Kelsoe, MD, and Sidney Zisook, MD, on Thursday, May 5th as they discuss how the early diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness can decrease their severity and impact. They will review the early signs of risk for psychosis and psychosocial treatment and discuss advanced options for the treatment of depression. To learn more and to register, visit http://health.ucsd.edu/mentalhealth
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While technological advances have made it easier to map our microbiomes and metabolomes, these studies typically take too long for that data to be medically useful. Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation used the 2016 San Diego Fermentation Festival as a test case for a novel rapid response system. In the study, the team collected samples, analyzed data and reported conclusions in an unprecedented 48 hours. Read more here http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-26-fermentation-festival-leads-to-rapid-response-system.aspx
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Congrats to our Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student team, led by faculty advisor Jonathan Watanabe, PharmD, PhD, for their FIRST PLACE win (out of 43 universities) at the national Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's annual Pharmacy and Therapeutic competition! Judged as “flawless” in their written submissions and presentations, our winners are: Joanne Chiu, Jeff He, Hannah Nguyen and Jamie Ta.
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The International Cancer Genomic Consortium for medicine (ICGCmed), including UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center researchers, this week announced a collaborative project to link patients’ genomic information to their clinical records. The consortium’s founding principles rely on data and sample sharing between countries and institutions—a necessity that VP Joe Biden also underscored this week in his Cancer Moonshot talk at the annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting. Learn more: http://icgcmed.org
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Effort seeks to analyze DNA from 50,000 persons with autism and their families -  Autism experts at University of California San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) at the School of Medicine will be part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States – an effort to collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals, ages 3 to 100, with the neurodevelopmental disorder. For more information about SPARK or to enroll in the study, visit https://sparkforautism.org/ucsd.sarrc or call 858-534-6906.
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Cancer is rarely the result of a single mutation in a single gene. Rather, tumors arise from the complex interplay between any number of mutually exclusive abnormal changes in the genome, the combinations of which can be unique to each individual patient. To better characterize the functional context of genomic variations in cancer, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Broad Institute developed a new computer algorithm they call REVEALER. Read more here: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-18-REVEALER-can-help-uncover-hidden-genomic-alterations.aspx
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New Model for Active Surveillance of Prostate Cancer Tested - Physician-led quality initiative improves patient care, prevents overtreatment

Urologists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Genesis Healthcare Partners have tested a new model of care for patients with low-risk prostate cancer. The evidence-based approach uses best practices to appropriately select and follow patients to avoid disease overtreatment. Read more here http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-27-new-model-for-active-surveillance-for-prostate-cancer-tested.aspx
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It is good to know that researchers are coming up with better care for prostate cancer patients to avoid disease overtreatment.
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An HIV Prevention Pill for Transgender Persons:  UC launches first in the nation demonstration project; UC San Diego School of Medicine part of effort

The California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of University of California has awarded grants totaling $9.4 million to three teams of investigators to provide and evaluate PrEP – the HIV prevention pill – among transgender persons at risk for HIV acquisition in California. Read more here: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-26-HIV-prevention-pill-for-transgender-persons.aspx
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Thank you for your question. PrEP is not a vaccine for HIV, but rather a combination of HIV anti-viral drugs designed to be taken by persons at high risk of infection. Learn more about PrEP here: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/
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You’re invited to attend a free symposium on “Ancient DNA and Human Evolution” April 29, 1-5 p.m. PT in La Jolla, CA or by live webcast. The event is hosted by UC San Diego’s CARTA-Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny.
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Compared to the nicotine patch and a placebo, the smoking cessation aids varenicline (marketed as Chantix in the U.S.) and bupropion (Zyban) do not show a significant increase in neuropsychiatric adverse events, reports an international team of researchers in a study published online April 22 in the journal The Lancet.  

“There are 1 billion smokers in the world and nearly 6 million smoking-related deaths each year, but there are only three approved medication treatments for quitting: nicotine replacement therapies like the patch and the two non-nicotine medications, bupropion and varenicline,” said Robert Anthenelli, MD, professor of psychiatry, director of the Pacific Treatment and Research Center at UC San Diego School of Medicine and first author of the study. Read more here: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-22-smoking-cessation-drugs-and-neuropsychiatric-risks.aspx
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Thanks to combination antiretroviral therapies, many people with HIV can expect to live decades after being infected. Yet doctors have observed these patients often show signs of premature aging. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have applied a highly accurate biomarker to measure just how much HIV infection ages people at the cellular level — an average of almost five years. Read more here: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-04-21-HIV-prematurely-ages-people-average-of-five-years.aspx
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UC San Diego Health is widely recognized as one of the premier health care systems in the United States. We’re the only academic health system in San Diego. It’s the one place that can offer you and your family medical treatments not available elsewhere in the region. And we don’t just treat disease – we treat you.

UC San Diego Health is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report, and number 1 in San Diego in the magazine’s first-ever metro rankings in 2011. We were honored as one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters in 2010.

Our physicians – who number more than 850 – are acknowledged as leaders in their fields of medicine and surgery. In 2014 UC San Diego had 110 physicians in 40 specialties named “Top Docs” by members of the San Diego County Medical Society as the best physicians in the region.

UC San Diego Health is part of University of California, San Diego Health Sciences. In just over four decades, we have gained international recognition as the one place where discoveries are delivered – bringing breakthroughs from the research laboratory bench to our patients’ bedsides.