A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:
UC Davis is trailblazer in three-year medical school model (audio), Capital Public Radio
A handful of UC Davis students are trailblazers in a new medical school model that has won the approval of Californian Governor Jerry Brown. Brown signed legislation that will allow doctors to practice with three years of medical school instead of four.
John Muir Health to partner with UCSF Medical Center to form new health care network, Contra Costa Times
UC San Francisco Medical Center and John Muir Health are teaming up to form a regional health care network, with the goal of providing “better health care, at lower costs,” the agencies announced Tuesday. In a joint news release, the two health care providers said they would remain independent but would equally own and operate a new company, which would serve as a funding vehicle for joint initiatives, including the health care network. The new network, or “accountable care organization (ACO),” would lower health care benefit premiums by providing “the right care at the right time and in the most appropriate setting, whether that is the primary care physician’s office, an outpatient center or a hospital,” according to the news release.
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Fatal beach lightning strike: Surfer still in critical condition, Los Angeles Times
A freak lightning strike killed one and injured more than a dozen people, including one patient that was brought to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and two that were treated at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
Water main break floods streets in Westwood near UCLA (video), ABC Los Angeles
A water-main pipe burst and flooded streets in Westwood and parts of the UCLA campus Tuesday afternoon. Parts of the UCLA campus, including Drake Track and Field Stadium, Pauley Pavilion, the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, J.D. Morgan Center, Acosta Center, John Wooden Center, the North Athletic Field, intramural field and Bruin Plaza were flooded. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said Pauley Pavilion, the Wooden Center and two parking structures sustained damage. Workers placed sandbags on the north side of Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133-million renovation in 2012. Parking structures 4 and 7 were closed due to flooding. No one was injured, Block said. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was not affected by the water-main break, as multiple water sources feed the hospital.
UC San Francisco researchers to analyze deadly Ebola virus; experimental vaccine in the works (video), CBS San Francisco
Bay Area researchers are gearing up to help analyze a deadly Ebola virus that has killed hundreds in Western Africa, while the government says an experimental vaccine is in the works. Dr. Charles Chiu, professor of laboratory medicine and infectious diseases at UC San Francisco, said Friday his lab is expecting a shipment of non-infectious samples of the current Ebola outbreak to analyze and find the genetic sequence of the strain. Chiu said the results of the UCSF analyses will lead to better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.
New lungs, new heart, new life, U-T San Diego
This story reports on a 22-year-old Escondido woman who is recovering from a rare heart-lung transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her physician, Dr. David Ross, medical director of the lung and heart-lung transplant program, is quoted. Her surgeon, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, director of the heart, lung and heart-lung transplant programs, is cited.
Hot peppers add a lot of flavor to our food, but they may be doing much more than just making our eyes water. New research from UC San Diego shows they might have tumor-fighting benefits, as well. Researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition have also shown that peppers might actually encourage your body to burn more calories.
There’s more evidence for eating well, sleeping, and exercising. Stress makes our bodies age faster, but thankfully we can combat that with healthy eating and exercise, a new study says. When cells age, telomeres—tips at the end of chromosomes—shorten. Telomeres help regulate the aging of cells, and their length has been used to determine the body’s current state of health. Things like stress and lifestyle behaviors can influence their length, as compelling earlier research has shown. In the new study, UC San Francisco researchers looked at 239 post-menopausal women for a year and found that for every major life stressor they experienced during the year, there was a significant shortening in their telomere length. That’s not great news, but the researchers also discovered that the women who ate a healthy diet, exercised and slept well had less shortening of their telomeres. It could be that the women’s healthy habits actually protect them from cellular aging, even in the face of life’s stresses.
Fighting their way into medical school, Inside Higher Ed
It may take extra effort and planning, but hearing impaired medical students now have access to an array of technology including amplified stethoscopes, advanced text-to-speech technology, and amplified telephones. In 2011, a deaf medical student at UC Davis completed her surgery rotation by using a tablet to send the sounds of an operating room to an off-site transcriber. The transcriber then turned the audio into typed messages that appeared on an overhead monitor back in the operating room.
Study finds parental disconnect on kids’ obesity, San Francisco Chronicle
Despite the nation’s well-publicized childhood obesity problem, new research reveals that nearly one-third of parents are surprised when doctors tell them their child’s weight is putting his or her health at risk. Researchers at UC San Diego surveyed more than 200 parents whose primary care doctors referred their kids to an obesity clinic. Among the findings: Many parents were unconcerned about their children’s weight and perceived them to be in very good health before doctors pointed out the problem. Then, more parents were interested in improving kids’ diets than their levels of physical activity. The survey results don’t surprise Dr. June Tester, co-director of Healthy Hearts, the obesity clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The clinic sees about 300 new patients each year, and Tester said many parents are surprised to get the referrals.
UCLA pursues apps in fight against addictions, HealthData Management
Researchers at UCLA are developing web and mobile apps to aid patients struggling with addiction–and their therapists–to track progress and have quick access to help. The program is starting with gambling addiction, but will expand to support treatment of other addictions, as well as other behavioral problems such as depression, says Ardeshir Rahman, program manager of the behavioral technologies lab at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. “We’re looking for people who want to get better,” Rahman adds. “As long as a user is proactive, we can see progress.”
UCLA Dr. Ariana Anderson, an assistant research statistician at the Semel Institute, is featured in this segment about the movie “Lucy,” and the fictitious claim that humans only use 10 percent of their brains.
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have both said the risk that Ebola will spread beyond West Africa is extremely low. Still, fear-mongering headlines about the worst outbreak in Ebola history abound in the press. Art Reingold, the head of epidemiology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, is interviewed about this issue.
Op-ed: Bay Area must invest in health services for older adults, San Francisco Chronicle
The problem isn’t what we do have here in the Bay Area, it’s what we lack: health care and philanthropic giants focused on the segment of our population that does routinely need medical care: older adults, writes Louise Aronson, an associate professor of geriatrics at UCSF and the author of “A History of the Present Illness.”