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A Laughing Matter: SF Comedian Looks to Tell the Stories of Dementia Patients, Caregivers

Aug 16, 2017
The Global Brain Health Institute has brought in its first class of Atlantic Fellows. The 32 fellows are taking a range of classes and pursuing projects with the goal of returning to their communities with knowledge and skills to implement changes impacting brain health.

Genetics, Altered Brain Structure Offer Window into Autism Severity

Aug 16, 2017
Rare deletions or duplications of about 600 genetic “letters” in a region on chromosome 16 confer a high risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

UCSF Medical Center Ranks as Best Hospital in California

Aug 16, 2017
UCSF Medical Center has been named among the nation’s premier medical institutions for the 17th consecutive year, ranking as the fifth best hospital in the country and the top-ranked hospital in California, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals survey.

California Demand for Primary Care Providers to Exceed Supply by 2030

Aug 15, 2017
California is expected to face a statewide shortfall of primary care providers in the next 15 years.

Approval of Medical Device Changes Often Based on Low-Quality Research

Aug 15, 2017
Clinical trials that test changes in the design or use of high-risk medical devices are often poorly designed, and can rely on inadequate or potentially biased data.

UCSF Faculty Climate Survey Identifies Areas for Improvement

Aug 15, 2017
A new faculty climate survey finds that while three-quarters of faculty are generally satisfied with their careers at UCSF, there is room for improvement particularly related to campus climate for women, balancing work and family life and financial challenges of living and working in San Francisco.

Gut Feeling for Probiotics Benefits May Be Overstated, UCSF Study Shows

Aug 15, 2017
A study headed by UCSF researchers fuels the probiotics debate by finding that there is no clear evidence that a supplement of the “friendly” bacteria strain of lactobacillus prevents eczema.

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Donate $10M to Advance Health Using Big Data

Aug 15, 2017
Atul Butte, who is helping to guide UCSF into a new era of computational science and medicine, has been named the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor at UCSF.

Physical Therapy Can Help Straighten a Hunched Back for Older People

Aug 15, 2017
A hunched back, called hyperkyphosis, affects 40 percent of people over age 65, and it increases disability and the risk of falls and fractures. A new study by UCSF researchers shows that targeted physical therapy can help straighten the spine and boost a patient’s self-esteem.

One Family’s Struggle with Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Aug 15, 2017
Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy (MAE), or Doose syndrome, is a form of epilepsy characterized by seizures that are difficult to manage.

Drug Reverses Memory Failure Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury

Aug 15, 2017
UCSF scientists used an experimental drug to completely reverse severe learning and memory impairments caused by traumatic brain injury in mice.

Hands-On Science Program Creates a Spark in San Francisco School Children

Aug 14, 2017
UCSF’s Science and Health Education Partnership, launched 30 years ago, is a partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District that has been a consistent source of quality science education for students in the city.

Viewing the Solar Eclipse? Take Precautions to Avoid Serious Eye Damage

Aug 14, 2017
A total coast-to-coast eclipse of the sun hasn’t been seen in the U.S. in 99 years, so the Aug. 21 event will be a can’t-miss for many of us. It's also a critical time to protect your eyes.

Virtual Assistant to Help Save Mothers Who Experience Postpartum Hemorrhage Wins Competition

Aug 14, 2017
An interactive, voice-controlled virtual mentor that uses a smart speaker – like a phone or Google Home device – to guide birth attendants through complicated and/or emergency procedures, won a $250,000 seed grant from the Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenge for Development to develop and test the idea.

Reversing Memory Failure Caused by TBI: 6 Questions for Neuroscientist Susanna Rosi

Aug 14, 2017
UCSF neuroscientists answered questions about a molecule that reverses severe memory and learning impairments in mice with traumatic brain injury.

Higher Exposure to Flame Retardants in Pregnant Women Leads to Lower IQ in Children

Aug 14, 2017
A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points.

Increasing Quality of Life for Neurology Inpatients is Goal of Newly Established Metrics

Aug 14, 2017
To improve the quality of life for neurology inpatients, a panel of experts, led by UCSF neurologist S. Andrew Josephson has released quality measurements.

A New Insight into Parkinson’s Disease Protein

Aug 14, 2017
New research by UCSF neuroscientist Robert Edwards has uncovered the role alpha-synuclein plays in the normal brain. The protein has long been implicated in Parkinson’s disease.

New Teen Internship Program Builds Awareness of Key Public Health Issues

Aug 14, 2017
The San Francisco Health Investigators Program focuses on leveraging participating students’ cultural knowledge as they take on the role of researchers and investigate current public health issues in their communities.

Research Aims to Shape More Precise Treatments for Depression in Women

Aug 14, 2017
Interim Dean Sandra Weiss of the UCSF School of Nursing is leading three major studies aimed at shedding important light on some of the most pressing issues facing American women with depression and the clinicians who treat them.

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