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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...
woman selects detergent
A new commentary by Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) researchers, published in Reproductive Toxicology, covers the emerging evidence that chemical exposure may contribute to breast cancer risk. It recommends improving test 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...
In a recent study, maternal and child health researchers at the School looked into the idea that breast feeding may serve as a protective mechanism to delay onset of puberty in girls. They found that, in some cohorts, girls who were predominantly more...
girl with sugary drinks
While sales of sodas are slipping, the huge category of alternative sugary beverages—that includes energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks—is growing rapidly and is perpetuated by misleading health claims, according to a UC Berkeley study released more...
young female rock climber
A research team led by Kristine Madsen, assistant professor in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition Program, explored the feasibility of implementing a physical activity referral (PAR) program in a pediatric obesity more...
exposure chamber
Researchers led by Professor Catherine Koshland from the University of California, Berkeley Superfund Research Program have developed an inexpensive, easy to use, and highly sensitive sensor to measure how much mercury is in liquid or aqueous more...
Jamaican toys
In the Friday (May 30) edition of the journal Science, researchers find that early childhood development programs are particularly important for disadvantaged children in Jamaica and can greatly impact an individual’s ability to earn more money as more...
Restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown
Millions of workers in the United States are not getting the wages and benefits they are entitled to by law. While some may see this as a labor issue, researchers say it is a public health problem that has been ignored for way too long. “We’ve known more...
preschool students
A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, published online today (Thursday, May 15) in the journal Chemosphere more...
Bollywood dance class
Can Bollywood dance help South Asians in the United States manage type 2 diabetes? Amlu Natesan, a UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program student, is partnering with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and the India more...
Worker on construction site
If climate change continues as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by mid-century, high temperatures and humidity are likely to compromise global agricultural production and working outdoors, according to the report more...
nurse helping patient
When Berkeley researchers conducted a national survey of physician practices on their involvement in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), they discovered some good and bad news.  “The good news is that practices that have currently joined ACOs more...

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