Category: Health and Medicine

  • Improving Your Emotional Well-Being

    The outbreak of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 cause feelings of stress, anxiety, grief, and worry. Learning to cope with these feelings in a healthy way will help you become more resilient. The Emotional Well-Being series from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF features mental health and emotional wellness experts showing how […]

  • Centering Pregnancy

    Prenatal appointments tend to focus on the physical aspects of pregnancy – how much the baby is growing, checking heart rates, blood pressure and more. Though you develop a close relationship with your OBGYN, often the only contact you have with other mothers-to-be is a quick smile or hello in the waiting room. Centering pregnancy […]

  • Creative Expression For Mind-Body Health

    Our daily lives often move at breakneck speed. Between long work days and busy home lives there is very little time for rest and relaxation, let alone a moment to actually focus on our mental health. Stressors can be found all around us. From the daily grind, to current events in the news, and even […]

  • Informed Decision-making: Prostate Cancer

    About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The availability of several treatment options for prostate cancer creates a situation where patients may need to come to a shared decision with their healthcare team regarding their care. Effective shared decision-making requires that the patient and his doctor be informed […]

  • 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 […]