No sign of COVID-19 vaccine in breast milk

July 27, 2021
Messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19 were not detected in human milk, according to a small study by UC San Francisco, providing early evidence that the vaccine mRNA is not transferred to the infant.  

Coffee doesn't raise your risk for heart rhythm problems

By Elizabeth Fernandez on July 27, 2021
In the largest study of its kind, an investigation by UC San Francisco has found no evidence that moderate coffee consumption can cause cardiac arrhythmia.

Understanding your inner Neanderthal

By Cameron Scott on July 26, 2021

UCSF welcomes Cohort 9 RISE fellows for Summer Institute

July 16, 2021
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in partnership with the Center for Vulnerable Populations, is hosting 10 early-career faculty for two weeks beginning July 20 as part of the Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) program.

Common COVID-19 antibiotic no more effective than placebo

By Elizabeth Fernandez on July 16, 2021
A UCSF outpatient study found limited effect of Azithromycin on progression of the disease

Uniting the Black community to defeat COVID

By Ann Brody Guy on July 12, 2021
Health-services researcher Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, founded Umoja Health Partners to u

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...