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...

Adolescents’ recreational screen time doubled during pandemic, affecting mental health

By Jess Berthold on November 01, 2021
Many parents fretted over their children’s screen use during the pandemic with good reason, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. UC San Francisco-led researchers found that 12- to 13-year-old children in the United States doubled their non-school-related screen time to 7.7 hours a day in...

UCSF to coordinate health disparities research in multiple chronic diseases with $22.5M grant

By Jess Berthold on October 18, 2021
Tracking and integrating findings across disciplines is a persistent challenge in health disparities research. UC San Francisco faculty will soon take this challenge on with a new center to coordinate research from 11 newly funded centers across the U.S. on the root causes of, and ways to eliminate...

What drives earlier menstruation in girls?

By Cameron Scott on October 12, 2021
If Judy Blume’s classic book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, had been written in the 1890s, the title character – a girl anxiously awaiting her first period – would have been a senior in high school and not the sixth grader Blume depicts.

Alcohol is the breast cancer risk no one wants to talk about

By Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED on October 05, 2021
As companies roll out the pink beer in October to raise awareness of the disease, one group is urging young women to think twice.