Researchers at UCSF and their colleagues have found that Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among people who inject drugs remains high and stable in some North American cities but incidence has dropped and remained low in some Australian and European cities. These differences in HCV infection rates likely reflect differences in the level and timing of programs to increase access to sterile injecting equipment and medically assisted treatment for opioid dependence, two harm-reduction programs shown to prevent transmission of HCV.
For World Malaria Day, Google Earth Engine talked with Hugh Sturrock, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, about DiSARM (Disease Surveillance and Risk Monitoring), the project he leads to create high resolution "risk maps" that help malaria control programs identify the areas they should direct resources for prevention and treatment. Read the Q&A here.
UCSF researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a mother’s risk of spontaneous preterm birth (before 37 weeks of gestation), offering hope of delaying early delivery for millions of women and babies.