Paid leave for new parents doesn’t help all equally, study finds

By Cameron Scott on June 28, 2021
Although childcare and paid leave are increasingly in the news and on people’s minds, the United States does not ensure paid leave for new parents. Federal law demands only that employers provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for new parents – and only a little more than half of all workers...

Caloric restriction alters microbiome, enhancing weight loss but increasing pathogenic bacteria

By Robin Marks on June 25, 2021
Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that extreme caloric restriction diets alter the microbiome in ways that could help with weight loss but might also result in an increased population of Clostridioides difficile, a pathogenic bacterium that can lead to severe diarrhea and colitis.  

NASA should update astronaut radiation exposure limits, improve communication of cancer risks

By National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on June 24, 2021
To protect astronauts from cancer-causing radiation in space, NASA should proceed with proposals to set a universal career-long radiation dose limit of ~600 millisieverts (mSv), says a new

How Deforestation Influences the Risk of Malaria

By Mercedes Pascual and Andres Baeza, eLife Magazine on June 02, 2021
Deforestation is one of the most rapid and impactful human activities on the planet. How it influences the fate of old and new pathogens is now becoming a central question for global health, especially for the populations who quickly colonise the newly cleared ‘frontier’ regions. Forests can act as...

So, You Want to Mingle Outdoors This Summer?

By Robin Lloyd, New York Times on May 28, 2021
During spring break last month, Monica Gandhi tested her confidence in coronavirus science.

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Intersection of Cancer, Dementia, and Genetic Epidemiology

May 20, 2021
Supervisor: Rebecca Graff, ScD Closing Date: Until the position is filled; initial review June 4, 2021 Start Date: August 1, 2021

The Racial Gap in U.S. Vaccinations Is Shrinking, but Work Remains

By Amy Schoenfeld Walker, Albert Sun, Yuriria Avila, Laney Pope, John Yoon, New York Times on May 14, 2021
First published with infographics in the New York Times

Testing the Tests: COVID-19 Antibody Assays Scrutinized for Accuracy by UCSF, UC Berkeley Researchers

By Pete Farley and Robert Sanders on May 05, 2021
As the United States and much of the world move toward relaxing shelter-in-place restrictions to let people move about more freely, public health experts hope to rely on antibody tests to determine who has been infected with the COVID-19 virus and may be immune – at least temporarily – and who is...

Low COVID-19 testing rates in people with new onset fever may have contributed to the fall surge

By Cameron Scott on May 03, 2021
Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19 and develops early in the disease, when the sick are most likely to be contagious. That means that testing those who develop the symptom is a key opportunity to slow the spread of the virus.