A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:
Three Calif. hospitals listed on U.S. News’ ‘Honor Roll’, California Healthline
Three California hospitals have made this year’s “Honor Roll” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” report. The report scored 720 hospitals based on various quality measures, such as mortality rates, nurse staffing and patient safety. The Honor Roll, which lists the top 17 hospitals, ranks Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles as fifth, UC-San Francisco Medical Center as seventh and Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto as 17th. UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC San Diego medical centers were among the 140 hospitals ranked nationally in at least one specialty. Read UC story.
See additional coverage: The Sacramento Bee, San Diego Union-Tribune, NBC San Diego, City News Service/North County Times, The San Bernardino County Sun, Nurse.com, The Bay Citizen, San Francisco Business Times
UC medical students introduced, Merced Sun-Star
The doctor is not quite in, but is on the way. The lack of physicians and the health gaps in the San Joaquin Valley will be addressed in coming years by a new program to train doctors locally. UC Merced on Tuesday announced the first group of five students in its medical program set to begin this fall. The students are from Modesto, Fresno, Fowler, Salinas and Bakersfield.
Chancellor: Many roles for UC Merced, Merced Sun-Star
California stakeholders and community leaders want to see a medical school at UC Merced. That was among several topics UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland touched on during an editorial board meeting Thursday afternoon with the Merced Sun-Star and The Modesto Bee.
Desert Healthcare District stalls UCR’s $12 million request, The Palm Springs Desert Sun
A $12 million grant request from UC Riverside’s proposed medical school has been put on hold until the Desert Healthcare District can review it more closely.The district’s Program Committee members said Tuesday they support the medical school in general but are concerned about the size of the grant request and whether it might take dollars from the smaller community health programs the district funds.
UCSF nabs $112M from NIH for translational research, San Francisco Business Times
UC San Francisco’s Clinical and Translational Science institute has won $112 million in renewed funding from the National Institutes of Health to “translate” science into bedside solutions for patients.
Pfizer to open research center in SF’s Mission Bay, San Francisco Chronicle
Boosting Mission Bay’s goal of becoming a hub for cutting-edge biotech, the world’s largest drugmaker today will announce plans to establish a research center there. New York’s Pfizer plans to set up its Center for Therapeutic Innovation within the next few weeks in 11,000 square feet of space at Mission Bay, it said. Pfizer last year said the center’s first research partner would be UCSF, whose Mission Bay Research Campus and forthcoming medical center anchor Mission Bay, a 303-acre former industrial site overlooking San Francisco Bay. Pfizer has committed up to $100 million for joint projects with UCSF over the next five years, spokeswoman Kristen Neese said.
Most Connected Hospitals: The list, U.S. News & World Report
A total of 118 hospitals have met two challenging standards that put them in the vanguard of centers leading medicine into the era of electronic medical records. Each is distinguished by having captured a national ranking in the 2011-12 U.S. News Best Hospitals and/or Best Children’s Hospitals rankings or by having earned the designation of “high-performing” in one or more medical specialties. And each hospital, or one or more of its major units–such as a children’s hospital within the larger institution–is a leader in moving to electronic medical records, according to HIMSS Analytics, a division of the nonprofit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that analyzes use of health information technology. The list includes UC Davis and UC San Diego medical centers.
Carmageddon: ‘Business sa usual’ at UCLA hospitals, officials say, Los Angeles Times
Despite concerns about the preparedness of area hospitals during “Carmageddon,” officials at the UCLA Health System said everything was “business as usual” Saturday morning.
UCSF, Kaiser unlock genetic data in 100K-person study, San Francisco Business Times
A collaboration between UCSF, Kaiser Permanente and Affymetrix Inc. genotyped the DNA of some 100,000 people in just 15 months, unlocking doors to medical researchers for years to come.
Genome maps may spot disease in African-Americans (audio), NPR Morning Edition
John Novembre, UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a member of UCLA’s Interdepartmental Program in Bioinformatics, is interviewed about his research with colleagues, which has resulted in one of the first genetic maps pinpointing where DNA is likely to be reshuffled in the genomes of African Americans — a tool that could help scientists find genes that cause disease.
Bill to curb California college execs’ pay raises, San Francisco Chronicle
Days after California’s public universities handed lucrative new pay and bonuses to three executives and a chancellor while raising student tuition, a state senator has introduced a bill to make such pay increases illegal in tough economic times. The bill, filed Monday by state Sen. Leland Yee, would prohibit executive pay increases at the University of California and California State University in years when the state does not raise its allocation to the schools.
Seven ways to slow down Alzheimer’s, Los Angeles Times
At least half of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease can be linked to seven major risk factors, and controlling them could sharply reduce the risk of developing the devastating disease, according to researchers from UC San Francisco and the San Francsco VA Medical Center.
See additional coverage: The Associated Press
Study links male infertility to a missing protein, The New York Times
Scientists say they have found a potential cause for a number of otherwise unexplained cases of male infertility: the absence of a protein that coats sperm and allows them to reach an egg more easily. The article quotes the study’s senior author, Gary Cherr, a professor of environmental toxicology and nutrition at UC Davis.
Study links patients’ role, cost savings, The Stockton Record
Physicians who have more personalized discussions with patients and encourage them to take a more active role in their own health care can help lower medical costs and reduce the need for some health care services, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.
AIDS: No hiding place, The Economist
In a study led by David Schaffer and Adam Arkin of the University of California, Berkeley, around 80% of latent HIV became active in cell cultures treated with a combination of SAHA and prostratin. Preliminary research suggests that prostratin may also prevent copies of the purged virus which are circulating in the bloodstream from integrating themselves back into healthy immune cells.
AIDS: Emphasis of research, funding shifts to cure, San Francisco Chronicle
Shortly after Timothy Ray Brown moved to San Francisco in January, he was invited to attend a meeting for AIDS activists to talk about scientific research – specifically, research into a cure. Brown had a special interest in the topic. In 2007, while living in Berlin, he became the first, and so far only, person to have been cured of HIV and AIDS. The article quotes researchers from UCSF and the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes.
This article quotes Dr. Molly Cooke, and internist at the University of California at San Francisco and co-author of a report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the urgent need to rethink how doctors are trained in the United States.
Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health and chair of an Institute of Medicine panel urging insurers to provide birth control and other women’s health services free of charge under health care reform, is quoted in this story.
Therapy dogs make the rounds in more healthcare settings, Los Angeles Times
This story is about the benefits of therapy dogs for improving hospital patients’ health and well-being and profiled UCLA’s People–Animal Connection, the animal-assisted therapy program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Jack Barron, director of the program, is quoted.
State Fair responds to livestock-birth critics, but show goes on, The Sacramento Bee
This story mentions adjustments made to live birth exhibits at the State Fair in response to an incident last year in which a pregnant cow was shot and killed after escaping its handlers. It highlights efforts by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and emphasizes the educational value of the exhibits.
UC Davis gets grant to train patient-oriented cancer researchers, Sacramento Business Journal
The UC Davis Cancer Center has received a $3.5 million grant to help develop the next generation of cancer physician-scientists. The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will provide training to junior UC Davis faculty members who do patient-oriented cancer research.
Doctors at UCSD are testing a futuristic contact lens that may help researchers develop better treatments for glaucoma. The device provides ’round-the-clock measurement of internal eye pressure.
Smartphone making your eyes tired?, ScienceBlog
Several reports indicate that prolonged viewing of mobile devices and other stereo 3-D devices leads to visual discomfort, fatigue and even headaches. According to a new Journal of Vision study, the root cause may be the demand on our eyes to focus on the screen and simultaneously adjust to the distance of the content. This piece quotes author Martin S. Banks, professor of optometry and vision science, University of California, Berkeley.
Medicaid waiver good news for L.A.’s homeless, California Healthline
About one-third of California’s seven million uninsured residents – or 2.2 million people – live in Los Angeles County, according to the UCLA Health Center for Policy Research.
A legacy of 9/11: Years of increased illness, Miller-McCune
To most Americans, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were shocking, frightening, enraging. Newly published research suggests they were also, quite literally, sickening. Two UC Irvine researchers report the tragedy triggered a large and lingering rise in self-reported health problems, as well as visits to medical professionals, across the nation.
Triple transplant patient grateful for gift, NBC San Diego
Frank Murdock is a medical miracle. The 53-year-old retired Navy veteran is the recipient of three organ transplants. The odds of having this surgery is one out of every six billion people world wide according to officials at UCSD Thornton Hospital.
UCSF to install lap belts in shuttle after 2nd fatal crash, San Francisco Chronicle
UCSF plans to install seat belts on all of its shuttles in the wake of a crash that killed a respected psychiatrist, officials said as his friends and colleagues prepared to remember him at a campus memorial this afternoon (July 21).
There’s no silver bullet, but increasingly, medical schools are carving out curriculum space to look at the many variations of addiction in the first accredited residency programs. Physicians describe it as a sea-change in attitude from the nineties, but say the medical profession is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing the potential it can play in recovery. There’s also pushback from those who run or successfully completed twelve-step and other rehab programs without medical treatment. Guests include UCLA assistant clinical professor Dr. Keith Heinzerling.
Thousand Oaks woman gained miracle kidney, funding restrictions helped take it away, Ventura County Star
This article about Medicare coverage for transplant patients’ anti-rejection drugs highlighted a kidney transplant recipient’s experiences at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Ilana Berg, kidney transplant coordinator for the UCLA Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Program, is quoted.
USDA says UCLA violated animal research lab rules, The Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Agriculure confirms UCLA’s animal research laboratory was issued a warning for violations found during a routine inspection in December.
This column highlights the successful brain surgery performed at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on the daughter of a former professional baseball player. Her surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, is cited.
Head to Head: Should California let universities use race as a factor in admissions?, The Sacramento Bee
The issue: A solid majority of Californians in 1996 approved Proposition 209, which bars the use of race, ethnicity or sex-based discrimination in state contracts, hiring or college admissions. But efforts are under way to overturn this constitutional amendment. UC Davis medical school is mentioned in this forum of head-to-head opinion pieces.