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Sugar Industry Suppressed Evidence of Health Risks of Sucrose

By Elizabeth Fernandez on November 21, 2017
The sugar industry buried scientific research almost 50 years ago that pointed to negative health effects of sugar, ceasing funding the research when it reflected negatively on the industry's interests, according to a new UC San Francisco study. In a study to be published Nov. 21, 2017 in PLOS...

What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?

November 21, 2017
Separating fact from rhetoric as we compare the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with the GOP replacement plan. Jane McMillan looks at the proposed plan with Professor of Medicine Dr. Andrew Bindman. Dr. Bindman has practiced, taught and done research affiliated with San Francisco General, and is...

Despite ACA Cost Protections, Most Adolescents Skip Regular Checkups

November 21, 2017
Fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams, according to a recent UCSF study. “Most adolescents are pretty healthy, but a lot of them are headed for trouble with obesity” and mental illness and substance use, said Sally Adams, a research specialist on...

Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain

November 03, 2017
A procedure used to relieve chest pain in hundreds of thousands of heart patients each year is useless for many of them, researchers reported on Wednesday. Their study focused on the insertion of stents, tiny wire cages, to open blocked arteries. The devices are lifesaving when used to open...

Are seniors at risk for complications after routine surgery?

October 31, 2017
In geriatrics, frail is not merely an adjective. A syndrome marked by slowness, weakness, fatigue and often weight loss, frailty tells doctors a lot about their patients’ likely futures. It can, for example, predict how well older patients rebound from physical stresses — like surgery. A new study...

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