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In the media: Week of April 8

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

UCSD goal: world-class health care, San Diego Union-Tribune

UC San Diego officials brought out the champagne and ceremonial shovels Monday for a groundbreaking on the $664 million Jacobs Medical Center, but they really were celebrating something far bigger than the start of construction on a 10-story building. University officials said they’re taking the next step on the way to their goal of being a world-class academic medical institution combining research, a school of medicine and advanced clinical care.

Riverside County to give $10 million to University of California, Riverside medical school, The Palm Springs Desert Sun

Riverside County will invest an additional $10 million in the University of California, Riverside’s medical school, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.School leaders hope the extra funding, which doubles the county’s investment, will give the school enough of a financial boost to be able to open in fall 2013. Read a related editorial.

See additional coverage: The Riverside Press-Enterprise, KPCC (audio)

Family doctors try to recruit Sacramento teens to profession, The Sacramento Bee

It’s hard to say which of the things transpiring in a Sacramento Charter High School classroom last week was more unusual: teenagers taking a sonogram of Dr. Charlene Hauser’s unborn child or family medicine doctors getting a chance to be the stars of the medical profession. The session was part of Future Faces of Family Medicine, a program started last school year by family medicine residents at UC Davis and Sutter Health, along with the California Academy of Family Physicians, to recruit more youths – especially those from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds – into their often-unsung profession.

Mom’s weight may be risk factor for autism (video), CNN

A mother’s weight and diabetic condition may increase the risk of her unborn child developing a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, according to a new study published in this week’s journal Pediatrics. Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute in California found that mothers-to-be who were obese were 67% more likely to have a child with autism as opposed to normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension.

See additional coverage: The Sacramento Bee

Telehealth Network gets $700K donation from UnitedHealthcare, Sacramento Business Journal

UnitedHealthcare has donated $700,000 to the Sacramento-based California Telehealth Network to expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and underserved hospitals and clinics in California.

See additional coverage: California Healthline

UC Berkeley tests text message placebo effect, and it works!, San Francisco Business Times

A social welfare researcher at UC Berkeley found that getting a text message, even an automated one, can help a patient who feels stressed or lonely.

What studies have shown about sugar, Los Angeles Times

In 2011, researchers at UC Davis found that subjects who received 25 percent of their calories from either fructose or high-fructose corn syrup saw a jump in their cholesterol levels. The experiment is one of many providing evidence of sugar’s correlation with risks for heart disease.

As tuition rose, so did university holiday parties, San Diego Union-Tribune

As San Diego’s public universities scaled back enrollment, cut classes and hiked tuition in recent years, the institutions increased spending on end-of-year and holiday parties for staff, public records show. The University of California San Diego spent $247,996 on such celebrations in 2011, up from $179,552 in 2010, according to reimbursement records. Much of it was for the medical center staff, which receives little in taxpayer funds but remains a public facility.

Dr. Lester Breslow dies at 97; UCLA dean was ‘Mr. Public Health’, Los Angeles Times

Dr. Lester Breslow, the UCLA researcher who became known at “Mr. Public Health” because of his research emphasizing the beneficial effects of avoiding certain behaviors, such as smoking, overeating and failing to exercise regularly, has died. He was 97.


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