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In the media: Week of Feb. 26

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

Governor says he won’t back UCR medical school, The Riverside Press-Enterprise

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he’s not prepared to support funding the UC Riverside medical school at a time when the state still faces a $9 billion deficit. Brown asserted that position during a talk at The Press-Enterprise that ranged from his tax proposal to high-speed rail, pension reform and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. “I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not ruling it in right now,” Brown said of funding for the medical school. “We’ve got to get our house in order before we expand.”

Op-ed: University’s far-reaching impact, The Vacaville Reporter

UC President Mark Yudof writes in an op-ed about UC’s impact in Vacaville and throughout the state, including UC’s five medical centers, which he notes offer not only world-class medical care but a crucial safety net for underserved populations.

Op-ed: California Western, UC San Diego partner to address community health needs, San Diego Daily Transcript

This op-ed highlights how California Western School of Law’s Community Law Project works with the UC San Diego School of Medicine and other partners to address community health needs in downtown San Diego.

Record kidney transplant chain has SF links, San Francisco Chronicle

After her son-in-law was diagnosed with a progressive and potentially deadly kidney disease, Yvonne Gordon desperately wanted to give him one of her kidneys, but she wasn’t a match. Good thing, too. Gordon couldn’t give her kidney to Gabriel Baty, the Albany man married to her daughter, but she could give it to a stranger, and, in return, her son-in-law would get a kidney from another stranger. In fact, Gordon and Baty were just two links of a record-breaking 60-person chain of kidney donations that ended late last year. Today, both Gordon and Baty are almost fully recovered. Both Gordon and Baty underwent surgery at UCSF.

The healing power of music (audio and video), PBS NewsHour

UCSF’s efforts to harness and understand the impact of music therapy on the brain are featured in this story. The segment highlights efforts by music therapists at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, such as Meagan Hughes, who work with children with muscular dystrophy and other neurological diseases, as well as cancer. Pediatric oncologist Robert Goldsby said music “can soothe the soul and help [young patients] get through the process of cancer therapy.” The story also included an interview with cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center’s own artist in residence, bluegrass fiddler-dancer Heidi Clare Lambert.

SD County hospitals expand facilities, innovate, San Diego Business Journal

UC San Diego Health System, No. 3 on the list, is expecting to break ground on the Jacobs Medical Center in April. “We estimate this will bring more than 750 new hospital jobs to San Diego,” said Jacqueline Carr, director of press and media relations — clinical.

Special Reports: New California law seeks to expand telehealth services for Medicaid beneficiaries (audio), California Healthline

A new California law (AB 415) is expanding access to health care services in rural areas through the use of telehealth. In this Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy, telehealth experts discuss how the new law is working. The Special Report includes comments from April Armstrong, director of the Clinical Research Unit and Teledermatology Program at UC Davis Health System’s Department of Dermatology, and Thomas Nesbitt, director of UC Davis’ Center for Health and Technology.

Execs say health care reform inevitable, Sacramento Business Journal

Health care reform will happen in California regardless of whether the federal Affordable Care Act is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Sacramento-area health care leaders said Friday. Panelists included Michael Taylor, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento-San Joaquin Area; Pat Brady, CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center; Garry Maisel, president and CEO of Western Health Advantage; Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center; Darryl Cardoza, COO of Hill Physicians Medical Group; and Trish Rodriguez, senior vice president and hospital CEO for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Political Empire: Feinstein to Brown: ‘I was here first’, The Riverside Press-Enterprise

This political notebook column mentions that in speaking before the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged Gov. Jerry Brown to fund the UC Riverside Medical School with $15 million a year.

Study looks at language barriers to exchange coverage, California Healthline

Communities of color are expected to make up a large portion of the California Health Benefit Exchange population. Many potential enrollees have limited English skills, which could get in the way of obtaining coverage. That’s according to a report due to be released today as a joint project of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

UCI Care-a-thon, six-hour dance marathon (video), The Orange County Register

UC Irvine’s Care-a-thon fundraiser kept participants dancing for six hours and raised over $15,000 for the UC Irvine Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Tri-City NICU to collaborate with UCSD Medical Center using video link, North County Times

Tri-City Medical Center will use video conferencing technology to collaborate with UC San Diego neonatologists to diagnose and treat difficult cases in the public hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, officials said this week.

UCSF’s burst of discovery (audio), KQED Forum

In the 1970s, UCSF’s medical school made a series of notable advances in biological research, including the discovery of DNA cloning and the identification of the first cancer genes. Dr. Henry Bourne chronicles what he calls this “burst of discovery” in his new book, “Paths to Innovation.”

UCSD Medical Center overbills Medicare, San Diego Union-Tribune

UC San Diego Medical Center made billing errors resulting in Medicare overpayments of $350,897 for 99 of 210 claims selected for review by federal auditors, according to a draft report made public this week.

Omega-3s may guard against brain decline, Time

Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids — healthy fats found in abundance in oily fish such as salmon — may protect against premature aging of the brain and memory problems in late middle age, according to a study published today in the journal Neurology. “The lower the omega-3s, the poorer the performance,” says lead author Dr. Zaldy Tan, an Alzheimer’s researcher at UCLA.

To screen or not to screen, San Diego Union-Tribune

Late last year, an expert panel convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommended that all children be screened for high cholesterol before the age of 11.  We asked Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and childhood obesity researcher, for his assessment.

Getting the right care after surgery, The Orange County Register

Columnist Jane Glenn Haas describes her shoulder replacement surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center.

California schoolchildren growing fatter, but fitter too (video), Los Angeles Times

The first comprehensive assessment of a pioneering statewide campaign to fight childhood obesity found that between 2003 and 2008, the rate of obesity among children in grades five, seven and nine grew by 0.33 percent, a slower rate than prior decades. UC Davis researchers have reviewed the results of Fitnessgrams and found that despite the weight gain, more students achieved perfect fitness scores in 2008 than 2003.

Light-controlled pain relief could banish Novocaine face syndrome, Gizmodo

UC Berkeley researchers, along with colleagues in Munich and Bordeaux, have co-authored a study that could lead to an innovative local anesthetic, which involves implanting a newly created molecule that acts like lidocaine into nerves and then manipulating it with a specific wavelength of light.

Claims over virtues of vitamin D spark debates, The Sacramento Bee

Vitamin D is at the center of a medical debate as researchers argue over its supposed benefits and possible deficiencies among the American public. Ishwarlal Jialal, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UC Davis Health System, discussed a UC Davis study last year that found a 30% of patients with metabolic syndrome in Northern California also had vitamin D deficiency.

Scientists seek traits for bovine respiratory disease, Capital Press

Scientists from more than a half-dozen universities across the country have been examining thousands of cows to determine the genetic traits for resistance to bovine respiratory disease. The researchers – which include scientists at the University of California and Washington State University – are about halfway through their five-year study, having tested about 3,000 dairy cows. The scientists are about to begin studying beef cattle at a large feedlot in Texas, said Alison Van Eenennaam, a biotechnology specialist for the UC Cooperative Extension.

Commentary: School health clinics face obstacles — and how Arne Duncan could help, The Washington Post

Richard Rothsetin, senior fellow of the UC Berkeley law school’s Warren Institute, says the Obama administration could help close the achievement gap by promoting school-based health centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods.


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