CATEGORY: In the media, News

In the media: Week of Feb. 5

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

Medical center commits to giving Oakland father a kidney transplant, Contra Costa Times

UC San Francisco Medical Center said Thursday that it is committed to providing an illegal immigrant from Oakland the kidney transplant he needs to live. The announcement followed the nationwide response to a story in this newspaper last week about the man’s plight.

See additional coverage: San Francisco Chronicle

Study: Uninsured face similar debt as Medi-Cal beneficiaries, California Healthline

More Californians are borrowing money to pay for health care services — and two-thirds of them have medical insurance, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

UCSF study: Boosting cigarette tax could bolster California economy by $2 billion, San Francisco Business Times

A June 5 ballot initiative designed to boost the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack could create 12,000 new permanent jobs right away and add nearly $2 billion in economic activity in the Golden State annually, according to a new study by UC San Francisco.

The Athena Breast Health Network (audio), KQED Forum

The Athena Breast Health Network is launching a series of face-to-face forums where patients, breast cancer experts and community members can exchange direct experience and research in breast health care. The first forum will examine breast cancer risk assessment and prevention – and the results will be fed back into the UC-based Athena Network of 150,000 women to improve survival and reduce suffering from breast cancer. Guests include UCLA’s Arash Naeim and UCSF’s Laura Esserman.

Expert: Calif. needs state trauma system, UPI

The chief of trauma for the University of California, San Diego, Health System says the state needs a statewide trauma system. Dr. Raul Coimbra said during a statewide trauma and resuscitation conference in San Diego that cutting-edge technology and the latest trends in trauma care could be incorporated into a statewide system.

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California, The Sacramento Bee

This article about nursing quotes Ken Jacobs, chairman of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and Joanne Spetz, a professor at the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF.

Study finds jolt to the brain boosts memory, Los Angeles Times

This story reports on a UCLA study that was the first to improve human memory by electrically stimulating a key area in the brain as it learns to navigate a new environment.

My Turn: Patti Davis on the chains that break, the links that form in Alzheimer’s, Los Angeles Times

An op-ed by Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, highlighting a new support group she founded for patients and families at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Kaweah Delta District Hospital to get UC residency program, Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare County’s first graduate medical program is a sure thing now that Kaweah Delta Healthcare Center has been given initial three-year accreditation for one of its five proposed programs, the family residency medicine program. The district has been working for more than two years to get a program started in affiliation with UC Irvine.

Liver tumor removal (video), The Doctors

Transplant surgeon at UC San Diego Dr. Alan Hemming performed ex-vivo liver resection surgery, an extensive procedure that involves removing the liver from the body, on Clerisa, who had a tumor on her liver. While she is still recovering, Clerisa joins the show by phone from her hospital bed in San Diego to share an update, and Hemming explains how the risky procedure is performed.

Op-ed: New beach water rules: Enough to make you sick, Los Angeles Times

Mark Gold, associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, write about beach water rules.

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