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By Kara Manke When you get sick, you want the right treatment fast. But certain infectious microbes are experts at evading the very anti-bacterial drugs designed to fight them. A simple and inexpensive new test developed by UC Berkeley researchers more...
An RAND-UC Berkeley School of Public Health analysis demonstrates significant reductions in heart attacks in San Diego County over a 6-year period following a county-wide collaboration to prevent heart disease known as Be There San Diego. The more...
Almost one in five older patients with a chronic disease reported experiencing health care discrimination in a large national survey that asked about their daily experiences of discrimination between 2008 and 2014. Black patients were most likely to more...
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. The study used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to insert and more...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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