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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


No Sign of COVID-19 Vaccine in Breast Milk

Small UCSF Study Indicates Vaccine Safety for Pregnant and Lactating Women By Elizabeth Fernandez 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...

The Long Haul

An all-hands-on-deck research effort gave UCSF scientists early insight into long COVID. It also showed patients that they weren’t in the fight alone. By Mara Grunbaum In early April 2020, a few weeks after San Francisco officials issued their first...

Race-Based Equations May Lead to Under-Treatment of Lung Disease in Black Patients

Formula Relies on Biological Belief About Racial Differences By Suzanne Leigh Using race-based equations to evaluate lung disease – a practice promoted in the 2019 guidelines of the American Thoracic Society – may mean that severe lung disease in Black...

Digital Therapy for Prenatal Insomnia May Prevent Postpartum Depression

UCSF Study Finds Treatment App Reduced Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety Up to 6 Months Postpartum By Jess Berthold A digital version of cognitive behavioral therapy, or dCBT, that previously had been shown to reduce insomnia during pregnancy may also prevent postpartum...

International Breast Cancer Conference Features UCSF Health Experts

Prestigious Medical Meeting Delves into Rudiments, Diagnostics and Treatments By Elizabeth Fernandez Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building Experts from UCSF Health will present new research and clinical findings at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest...

Looking to the Cell’s Power Generators for Clues to Depression

By Robin Marks Depression is a global issue. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 15 percent of people will experience a disabling bout of depression at some point in their lives. Despite an array of treatments that includes talk...

UCSF Launches Community Investment Program to Support Housing and Minority-Owned Small Businesses

3-year Pilot Program Augments UCSF’s Anchor Institution Initiative to Address Health Equity through Community Economic Support By Lorna Fernandes UC San Francisco has created its first community investment pilot program, with a $5 million investment for four Bay Area financial...

UCSF Welcomes Erin Gore as New Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration

Oakland Native has Range of Experience, From Higher Education to Consumer Banking By Jess Berthold Erin Gore, MPA, is joining UCSF as senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration. Photo by Barbara Ries Erin Gore, MPA, a seasoned executive with...

Solo Seniors with Social Support Are Less Likely to Need Nursing Home Care

UCSF Study Shows ‘Health Shock’ May Upend Living Situation in Older Adults without Assistance By Suzanne Leigh Research shows that many seniors living alone prefer to recover from acute illness in their own homes, rather than in long-term care facilities...

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