Research Highlights

Doctor interacts with young patient
How can the healthcare system get patients more involved in their own treatments in a way that improves their outcomes? Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—health care delivery systems that are held accountable to meet cost and quality criteria— more...
Dr. William Jagust explains how tau and beta amyloid, two proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease develop in the aging brain (Photo by Stephen McNally, UC Berkeley)
New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative more...
Ordering HIV test
How you offer patients an HIV test has a significant impact on the likelihood of them accepting tests, finds a University of California study published by The BMJ on January 19. Worldwide, approximately 37 million people are infected with HIV and more...
Two recent studies by members of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology provide evidence that the reference payment model, an emerging form of consumer cost sharing, may reduce spending on ambulatory surgery without compromising quality. Under more...
Can a patient go from 132 visits to an emergency department in one year to zero visits in 10 months? Would it take a major corrective surgery or a new cure-all drug to accomplish this feat? Actually, in the case of one accountable care organization more...
Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. UC Berkeley scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep—particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories—is a channel more...
California has more accountable care organizations (ACOs) than any other state in the country, with particularly rapid growth over the past two years. This is a good thing, according to the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare more...
Patient receives blood glucose test from nurse
According to the CDC, almost half of all Americans have one or more chronic illnesses. For those age 65 or older, the figure is closer to 85 percent. This make chronic illness care a crucial test for health care reform in two ways. One, will better more...
The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring and increasing the cost of patient care, according to a new study led by a UC Berkeley health policy more...
doctor consoles patient
In the October issue of World Psychiatry, neuroscientists and UC Berkeley psychiatrist Jodi Halpern contribute a perspective on the need for increased research on the components of empathy, in order to develop interventions and programs designed to more...
In an analysis and commentary published in the October issue of Health Affairs, James C. Robinson, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics, describes public and private sector opportunities to enhance the value of specialty more...
brain scans
The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley researchers. The findings, published Sept. 14 more...
Elderly woman with family caregiver
UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers state in a new study that an unprecedented increase in seniors over the next decade could nearly double Medi-Cal long-term care costs, from $6.6 billion to $12.4 billion annually by 2023. “This long- more...
New approach intended to remove barriers to innovation in drug development As the war on HIV/AIDS begins its fourth decade, medical researchers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, patient advocates and government regulators face a new and unexpected more...
A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, provides even more reason for people to read a book or do a puzzle, and to make such activities a lifetime habit. Brain scans revealed that people with no symptoms of more...