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Researchers propose ethical methods for using Big Data in health research

By Cameron Scott on January 31, 2022
As the amount of digital health data continues to grow – providing more and more insight into our health – some epidemiologists have begun to wonder whether they are still needed to identify, describe and vet solutions for problems in public health.

EpiBiostats faculty among Deans' Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars

By Kemi Amin on January 21, 2022
The UCSF School of Medicine recently announced the 2022 Class of Deans' Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars. These awards are made to junior faculty working in the area of population health or health equity.

How likely is it for omicron to mutate into something deadlier?

By Nicole Karlis, Salon on January 21, 2022
It's hard to know what omicron means for the future of the pandemic. While some have optimistically suggested this could be the final surge before the U.S. moves into a more hopeful period of endemicity, scientists have also warned that the omicron variant — which is less severe albeit more...

Binge drinking linked to first episodes of heart rhythm disorder

By Jeffrey Norris on January 12, 2022
New Year’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday and other days when more people consume more alcohol are also associated with more emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation, an often-deadly heart rhythm disorder, reported a new study led by UC San Francisco.

Can diabetes lead to bone problems?

By NIDDK on January 12, 2022
People with diabetes, especially older adults, are at risk for fractures and other bone problems. Know the signs to look for and steps for prevention.

Bringing intersectional identities into quantitative research

By Cameron Scott on January 12, 2022
The idea that a person’s social standing affects their access to healthcare is not new. Most medical research divides group outcomes by race, gender and, often, socioeconomic status. When relevant, categories such as native language or country of origin might also be included.  

Swap your cloth mask for a KN95 or N95. Rethink socializing. And more expert omicron advice

By Azucena Rasilla on January 10, 2022
The new year arrived with an omicron-fueled surge in COVID cases in Alameda County, causing widespread concern and resulting in a number of event cancellations and temporary business closures that recall the pandemic’s earlier days. 

Proctor Foundation postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

January 03, 2022
The MINDSCAPE group within the Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist to support its partnership with the Centers of Disease Control’s Modeling Infectious Diseases (MInD) in Healthcare Network. The project'...

Digital therapy for prenatal insomnia may prevent postpartum depression

By Jess Berthold on December 16, 2021
A digital version of cognitive behavioral therapy, or dCBT, that previously had been shown to reduce insomnia during pregnancy may also prevent postpartum depression and reduce insomnia and anxiety in women up to six months after they give birth, according to a new study by researchers at UC San...

Lessons in conducting health disparities research with a pandemic in full force

By Cameron Scott on December 06, 2021
Before vaccines became the focus of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, risk was the salient factor. The disparate effect the virus immediately had on Latinx and Black communities in the Bay Area pointed to types of exposure that were more pronounced and methods of harm reduction that were...

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