Raising up the voices of the closest observers of care 

December 15, 2017
Are online sources of consumer-generated content more influential than scientifically validated measures of quality published studies? Naomi S. Bardach, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies looks at how consumers rate medical...

Philip Morris hides data in plain sight on dangers of new heat-not-burn product

December 06, 2017
Like cigarettes (and e-cigarettes), IQOS uses an aerosol of ultrafine particles to deliver the nicotine. These ultrafine particles cause heart and lung disease. And the adverse health effects of these particles and many of the other toxins do not drop in proportion to reducing the dose, so even...

Are all certified EHRs created equal?

November 25, 2017
Are all certified EHRs created equal? Assessing the relationship between EHR vendor and hospital meaningful use performance Authors: A. Jay Holmgren, Julia Adler-Milstein, and Jeffrey McCullough. The federal electronic health record (EHR) certification process was intended to ensure a baseline...

Department of Emergency Medicine Designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care

November 22, 2017
The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine has been designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care. It is the first such designation in the US, and one of only two in the world specifically dedicated to building emergency care systems. To be...

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 published Nov. 21, 2017 in PLOS Biology,...