Tobacco companies hook kids on sugary drinks

March 15, 2019
Tobacco conglomerates that used colors, flavors and marketing techniques to entice children as future smokers transferred these same strategies to sweetened beverages when they bought food and drinks companies starting in 1963, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The study,...

Emily Finlayson has been named Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

February 24, 2019
Emily Finlayson has been named Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development in the Department of Surgery In her role as the inaugural Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development, Dr. Finlayson will lead efforts to ensure faculty success through development, promotion, diversity, recruitment...

Michael Cabana appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

February 22, 2019
  Congratulations to Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, chair of pediatrics and national asthma expert, on his appointment to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force! Cabana's work with the Task Force will serve children's health by making evidence-based recommendations on preventive services. Dr. Cabana is...

The average sticker price for U.S. childbirth: $32,093

February 01, 2019
The U.S. is the most expensive country in the world to give birth. But most hospitals won’t tell patients how much delivery and care costs until after the baby is born. Why it matters: The average sticker price for childbirth in the U.S. is $32,093, and even insurance doesn’t take care of all of it...

State Preemption to Prevent Local Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

January 25, 2019
The beverage industry is using a strategy called preemption that poses a serious threat to the ability of localities to levy a soda tax on sugary beverages which reduces consumption and generates revenues to promote public health. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more: