Recent articles by Elizabeth Fernandez

Charges for Blood Tests Vary Across California Hospitals

August 15, 2014
New UC San Francisco research shows significant price differences for ten common blood tests in California hospitals, with some patients charged as little as $10 for one test while others were charged $10,169 for the identical test.

Higher Chance of Hospital Death Found in Areas Where Emergency Departments Have Closed

August 04, 2014
In the first analysis of its kind, UCSF research shows that emergency department closures can have a ripple effect on patient outcomes at nearby hospitals.

UCSF Commentary: Tweet Your Way to Better Health

July 10, 2014
Twitter and other social media should be better utilized to convey public health messages, especially to young adults, according to a new analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco.

UCSF Commentary: Pelvic Exams Need Rethinking

June 30, 2014
The pelvic exam has been a standard part of a woman’s annual checkup for decades, yet it serves no clear purpose and may do more harm than good.

Notable Progress Against Colorectal Cancer Shown in 10-Year National Study

June 01, 2014
Research led by a UCSF investigator establishes a new benchmark in the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and sets a new expectation for how long patients can live with the particularly lethal disease.

UCSF to Present Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatment, Immunotherapy at Major Cancer Meeting

May 29, 2014
From prostate cancer to immunotherapy to genetic testing, UCSF research is providing new insights and aiding in the development of new treatment strategies for cancer.

E-Cigarettes Expose People to More Than ‘Harmless’ Water Vapor

May 13, 2014
UCSF scientists have found that industry claims about e-cigarettes are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that they help smokers quit.

UCSF Commentary: Cervical Cancer Expert Questions Role of HPV Testing in Screening

May 07, 2014
Screening for cervical cancer has become more complex in the last few years, leaving physicians and patients in a quandary: do they test with the traditional Pap smear or do they add a test for human papilloma virus? UCSF ob/gyn Karen Smith-McCune, MD, PhD, weighs in.

Specialized Yoga Program Could Help Women with Urinary Incontinence

April 25, 2014
An ancient form of meditation and exercise could help women who suffer from urinary incontinence, according to a new study from UC San Francisco.

Pancreatic Cancer 'Dream Team' Tackles Baffling, Deadly Disease

April 08, 2014
UCSF has been selected to join a national “dream team” on pancreatic cancer, part of a project designed to accelerate treatment and discoveries for one of the most deadly forms of cancer.