Category: Health and Medicine

  • Digestive Disease Research

    Our digestive system is made up of the digestive tract — a series of organs from the mouth to the anus — that help the body break down and absorb food to create energy. Gastroenterology focuses on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, […]

  • Spinal Cord Injury and Stem Cells

    Every year, 15,000 – 20,000 Americans sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI). Another 200,000 – 500,000 are living in the chronic stages of SCI every day. Loss of movement and sensation, persistent pain, and depression are common. Could stem cells play a role in finding a cure? Dr. Mark Tuszynski shares his work using neural […]

  • The Latest on Parkinson’s

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. People with PD may experience […]

  • Family Health in Challenging Times

    Resilience and coping have been hot topics in the recent era of multiple societal and environmental stressors. Teenagers and their families have had to learn to adapt to challenges they’ve never imagined. This has meant learning new and improved strategies for coping with multiple stressors and their impacts on health. UCSF has been involved in […]

  • Environmental Justice and Human Health

    Human health is inseparable from environmental health. Our exposure to toxic environmental chemicals through air, water, food, and consumer products is contributing to a surge in chronic disease (cancer, asthma, diabetes, COPD, etc.), developmental delay, neurodegenerative disease, and infertility. Our climate emergency’s associated catastrophic events (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, famine, etc.) are driving massive human displacement […]

  • Space Medicine

    UCSF has a long history of pioneering biomedical research and a bold vision for advancing health worldwide. This innovative series provides insights into the complexities of optimizing human health and medical management in Space. Knowledge of physical and behavioral adaptations to Human Space Exploration and the countermeasures to these has deepened our understanding of many […]

  • Developmental Disabilities

    Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Most medical and health professional education programs inadequately address care for people with developmental and intellectual developmental disabilities, although […]

  • Lessons Learned During the Pandemic: What the Science Says

    The medical breakthroughs that have accompanied the heartbreaking realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have been hard won. Years of research in the areas of AIDS and infectious diseases, epidemiology, aerosols, and more have come together to create vaccines at an unprecedented pace and community health guidance to reduce transmission rates. What are the takeaways from […]

  • A Closer Look at Alzheimer’s Disease

    The clinical and research perspectives on Alzheimer’s disease converge in the latest installment of “A Closer Look.” Douglas Galasko, MD shares the basics of Alzheimer’s including biomarkers of the disease, current treatment options, and what physicians know. Larry Goldstein, PhD explains how researchers are using stem cell technology to search for new drugs to treat […]

  • The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

    The steady and alarming rise in antibiotic resistance poses one of the greatest challenges to public health and modern medicine. The U.S. CDC estimates that drug-resistant bacteria sicken more than 2 million people annually, causing 23,000 deaths and resulting in $20 billion in excess health-care costs and an additional $35 billion in lost productivity. The […]