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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


Frontline Health Workers Across US Faced Unique Stressors During COVID-19

Emergency Staff Report Substantial Anxiety, Burnout and PTSD By Elizabeth Fernandez Photo by Susan Merrell During the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency department doctors, nurses and other frontline staff experienced unprecedented levels of stress and emotional exhaustion that...

Accelerated Cellular Aging Associated with Mortality Seen in Depressed Individuals

DNA Markers in Cells of MDD Sufferers Appear 2 Years Older than in Healthy Controls, Researchers Say By Alan Toth Cells from individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were found to have higher than expected rates of methylation at specific...

UCSF Receives 10-Year Accreditation Renewal from WSCUC

By Nina Bai UC San Francisco has been granted renewed accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for the maximum 10-year accreditation period. WSCUC accreditation ensures that an institution meets rigorous standards of quality and integrity and...

Want to Be Robust at 40-Plus? Meeting Minimum Exercise Guidelines Won’t Cut It

5 Hours of Moderate Activity a Week May Be Required to Avoid Midlife Hypertension, UCSF-Led Study Shows By Suzanne Leigh Young adults must step up their exercise routines to reduce their chances of developing high blood pressure or hypertension –...

Pancreatic Cancer Cells Hijack Muscle Protein to Beef Up Their Metabolism

By Robin Marks Pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer starts with mutations in a cell’s DNA, but new UC San Francisco research shows that the endurance of a tumor relies on its ability to rapidly evolve and adapt to challenges brought about...

Vaccine Willingness Differs Among Bay Area Medical Workers and General Public

By Laura Kurtzman Medical workers may be more willing than the general public to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but racial-ethnic differences in vaccination intentions exist in both groups, a new survey from UC San Francisco has found. The survey of...

UCSF Schools Earn Top Ratings in 2022 US News Grad Schools Rankings

By Laura Kurtzman Rachel Muster (third from right), a medical student at UCSF, looks at a lung scan during rounds in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unity at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. The team includes Saned Raouf (left), MD,...

UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents

UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University today announced the launch of the Opioid Industry Documents Archive , a digital repository of publicly disclosed documents from recent judgments, settlements, and ongoing lawsuits concerning the opioid crisis. The documents come from...

Katja Brueckner, PhD: 1966-2021

Katja Brueckner, PhD, an esteemed researcher and associate professor in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, died unexpectedly on March 16. She was 54. Dr. Brueckner joined the UCSF faculty in 2006. A native of Germany, she received her...

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