UCSF’s Covidseeker to track the coronavirus with cell phone data

By Laura Kurtzman on September 15, 2020
Participants can donate their Google location history to promote a safer reopening

A new theory asks: Could a mask be a crude ‘vaccine’?

By Katherine J. Wu, New York Times on September 08, 2020
Scientists float a provocative — and unproven — idea: that masks expose the wearer to just enough of the virus to spark a protective immune response.

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood causes poorer cardiovascular health

By Cameron Scott on August 21, 2020
If an expert were to point to a down-at-heels neighborhood and declare that people who live there have worse health than people who live in a more prosperous neighborhood nearby, few of us would be surprised. But does the neighborhood introduce health risks, or does it simply group together people...

Eastmont Mall Site of Mass COVID-19 Testing Event on Aug. 22-23 Led by Dr. Kim Rhoads

By Tanya Dennis on August 17, 2020
Oakland residents are invited to Eastmont Mall August 22-23, 2020, to attend the largest COVID-19 testing event ever staged in the East Bay. Umoja Health, a network of doctors in San Francisco, and Oakland Frontline Healers anticipate that more than 1,000 people per day will be tested via drive-...

Op-Ed: How the pandemic divided California in two

By Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Margot Kushel on August 17, 2020
California marked a grim milestone this week, surpassing 11,000 COVID-19 deaths and 600,000 cases. With the coronavirus outbreak still raging in many parts of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom is toggling between tightening restrictions in some places and rolling them back in others.

California Coronavirus Map and Case Count

By The New York Times on July 31, 2020
At least 101 new coronavirus deaths and 6,414 new cases were were reported in California on July 30. Over the past week, there have been an average of 8,728 cases per day, about the same as the average two weeks earlier. As of Friday afternoon, there have been at least 494,900 cases and 9,023...

Postdoc Alicia Riley is pioneering more ethical use of social media data to track cycles of gang violence and grief

By Cameron Scott on July 30, 2020
Soon after Twitter launched in 2007, it dawned on social scientists, epidemiologists and policy wonks that the social media platform could be used to gather and analyze big datasets quickly and at low cost. Mental health and crime were two obvious topics. Law enforcement agencies also crept into...

UCSF welcomes Cohort 8 RISE fellows for Summer Institute

July 23, 2020
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.

Meet Dr. Patience Afulani, researcher giving voice to women’s experiences

July 21, 2020
In many health facilities around the world, people giving birth can walk into different realities. There’s the experience of people who have connections or who belong to the right group. Then there’s the experience of those walking into an unfamiliar place, lacking resources or stature. These...

Older adults who can really smell the roses may face lower likelihood of dementia

By Suzanne Leigh on July 20, 2020
Vision, hearing, touch, olfaction linked to cognition, UCSF study shows