Raising up the voices of the closest observers of care 

December 15, 2017
Are online sources of consumer-generated content more influential than scientifically validated measures of quality published studies? Naomi S. Bardach, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies looks at how consumers rate medical...

Philip Morris hides data in plain sight on dangers of new heat-not-burn product

December 06, 2017
Like cigarettes (and e-cigarettes), IQOS uses an aerosol of ultrafine particles to deliver the nicotine. These ultrafine particles cause heart and lung disease. And the adverse health effects of these particles and many of the other toxins do not drop in proportion to reducing the dose, so even...

Department of Emergency Medicine Designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care

November 22, 2017
The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine has been designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care. It is the first such designation in the US, and one of only two in the world specifically dedicated to building emergency care systems. To be...

Sugar Industry Suppressed Evidence of Health Risks of Sucrose

By Elizabeth Fernandez on November 21, 2017
The sugar industry buried scientific research almost 50 years ago that pointed to negative health effects of sugar, ceasing funding the research when it reflected negatively on the industry's interests, according to a new UC San Francisco study. In a study published Nov. 21, 2017 in PLOS Biology,...

What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?

November 21, 2017
Separating fact from rhetoric as we compare the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with the GOP replacement plan. Jane McMillan looks at the proposed plan with Professor of Medicine Dr. Andrew Bindman. Dr. Bindman has practiced, taught and done research affiliated with San Francisco General, and is...