Recent articles by Laura Kurtzman

Few Obstetricians Counsel Patients on Environmental Toxics

June 25, 2014
In the first national survey of U.S. obstetricians’ attitudes towards counseling pregnant patients about environmental health hazards, nearly 80 percent agreed that physicians have a role to play in helping patients reduce their exposures, but only a small minority use their limited time with patients to discuss how they might avoid exposure to toxics.

Dementia Care “Ecosystem” to Bring Online Respite to Caregivers

June 24, 2014
UC San Francisco and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have been awarded a $10 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to create a new web-based model of dementia care.

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco Win Awards for Environmental Sustainability, Green Building

June 17, 2014
The green building and sustainability efforts at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have garnered three environmental excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, a not-for-profit group that promotes environmental sustainability in health care.

Harvey V. Fineberg Named UCSF Presidential Chair

May 15, 2014
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, MPP, the President of the Institute of Medicine, will come to UCSF for a yearlong appointment as a Presidential Chair beginning in September.

Better Cognition Seen with Gene Variant Carried by 1 in 5 People

May 08, 2014
A scientific team led by the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF has discovered that a common form of a gene already associated with long life also improves learning and memory.

Neurobiologist Shares Personal Journey, Life Lessons in 'Last Lecture'

April 30, 2014
Medical students chose the neurobiologist Igor Mitrovic to give the 2014 “Last Lecture,” the annual campus rite in which a faculty member is asked to deliver the lecture he’d give if it were his last.

Children’s Hospitals Launch Global Initiative on Preterm Birth with $100M from Lynne and Marc Benioff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

April 24, 2014
Premature birth is the leading cause of death for newborns, yet most of those lives can be saved. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are launching a 10-year initiative to address this global problem.

Groundbreaking Online Registry to Drive Brain Disease Research

April 08, 2014
A new online project led by researchers at UCSF promises to dramatically cut the time and cost of conducting clinical trials for brain diseases, while also helping scientists analyze and track the brain functions of thousands of volunteers over time.

Experts Question Routine Mammograms in Elderly

April 01, 2014
Doctors should focus on life expectancy when deciding whether to order mammograms for their oldest female patients, since the harms of screening likely outweigh the benefits unless women are expected to live at least another decade, according to a review of the scientific literature by experts at UCSF and Harvard medical schools.

Early Cardiac Risks Linked to Worse Cognitive Function in Middle Age

March 31, 2014
Young adults with such cardiac risk factors as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age, according to a new study by dementia researchers at UCSF.