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Covid19 Hope and Caution: Tools to end the pandemic

As we witness the recent surge numbers of infections, hospitalization and deaths dropping, there is a renewed sense of hope that Covid19 can be controlled and we can resume the social interactions we have dearly missed this past year. Yet we are cautious due to the surges in places with new covid variants that are more contagious and perhaps harmful. How do we balance this hope and caution? The experts tell us we have the tools to end the pandemic if we take actions now. The virus cannot survive and spread if it cannot infect people. Prevention of infection is the key and can be accomplished through immunizing the population with the very effective vaccines.

Important News in Women's Health


A Goldilocks Dose of Coronavirus

Do masks provide a just-right amount of COVID‑19? By Allison Bond, MD UCSF Magazine Winter 2021 Infectious diseases expert Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH , explores the idea that one of the benefits of masks may be that they provide exposure...

Minorities Benefit Less from Regionalizing Heart Attack Care

Gap in Response Times, Outcomes, Grows for Blacks, Hispanics in California By Elizabeth Fernandez California’s Black and Hispanic communities may be falling further behind whites in the quality of care they receive for heart attacks, despite recent medical efforts aimed...

New Research Center to Tackle Brain Diseases

BY JULIE LANGELIER gladstone_akassoglou_katerina_0720.jpg Katerina Akassoglou will lead the new Gladstone-UCSF Center for Neurovascular Brain Immunology, which brings together a unique combination of expertise to enable novel therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. A team of scientists at Gladstone...

How Worried Should You Be About the New Coronavirus Variant?

By Nina Bai A mutated version of the novel coronavirus has been making the news for being more contagious. First detected in the United Kingdom in September, the variant now has been detected in several U.S. states, including California. The...

What Is COVID Doing to Our Hearts?

what-covid-does-to-the-heart.jpg The disease may damage cardiac muscle even in those who never displayed symptoms. By Allison Bond, MD UCSF Magazine Winter 2021 Cardiologist Nisha Parikh, MD, MPH , discusses what we know so far about COVID-19’s impact on the body’s...

How Can We Be Sure the New COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe?

ask-the-expert-vaccine-safety_0.png Crucial questions, say our experts, will be when and where to get vaccinated and which vaccine will be best for you. By Ann Brody Guy UCSF Magazine Winter 2021 Published December 8, 2020 Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are...

Frailty Is a Factor in Higher Mortality for Women Awaiting Liver Transplants

More Exercise, More Protein May Narrow the Gender Gap, Researchers Say By Suzanne Leigh Women awaiting liver transplants in the United States are known to be about one-third more likely than men to become too ill to undergo surgery or...

California Lockdown Suppressed Excess Pandemic Deaths

Latinos and Residents Without a High School Degree Saw No Benefit By Laura Kurtzman Nearly 20,000 more Californians died in the first six months of the pandemic than would have been expected to die in a normal year, with a...

Vaccination Begins at UCSF – A Watershed Moment in COVID-19 Pandemic

On a history-making day in the ongoing battle against the surging coronavirus pandemic, UC San Francisco began its first phase of vaccinations for its critical health care workforce, including both clinical and non-clinical employees whose work places them at highest...

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