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January 12, 2005
Almost two-thirds of Americans say that lowering the costs of health care and health insurance should be a top health care priority for the president and Congress in 2005, finds a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Making Medicare more financially sound and increasing the number of Americans with insurance were next on the list. Reducing malpractice jury awards, often cited by the Bush administration as a reason for high medical costs, ranked 11th on a list of 12 items people thought should be health care priorities.
January 11, 2005
UCSF staff at Laurel Heights deserve some high fives. Last week, they raised nearly $6,800, mostly from $5 donations, to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
January 11, 2005
Finally, after four years of state budget cuts, the UC system received good news in the 2005-06 budget proposed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday.
January 11, 2005
The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its second year this winter with four new courses starting in February. The courses are for the public.
January 11, 2005
Men who remarry after a divorce or death of a spouse tend to become couch potatoes, according to a Harvard study. Researchers studied marital status and health habits of almost 40,000 men, ages 40 to 75, and found that those who remarried had an increase in body mass index and decrease in physical activity. The study appeared in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
January 10, 2005
A new study links kids' exposure to secondhand smoke to poorer test scores. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center studied 4,399 children, aged 6 to 16, and found there was about a three-point drop in reading scores and about a two-point drop in math scores among those exposed to the highest levels of secondhand smoke. The study appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives.
January 10, 2005
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, PhD, noted author, anthropologist and expert in primate sociobiology, will present the Tenth Annual Maurice Galante Lecture on Monday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m., in Cole Hall.
January 10, 2005
A UCSF study estimates that the US has some 11 million children with special health care needs, and that their health care expenditures are three times higher than other children.
January 07, 2005
EVENTS Friday, February 11 FORUM ON DEFINING GLOBAL HEALTH: Symposium celebrates the official launch of UCSF Global Health Sciences. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Free. UCSF Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. Call (415) 502-6050 or email mckinney@globalhealth.ucsf.edu for more information. LECTURES AND LEARNING
January 07, 2005
An annual survey by Men's Fitness magazine ranks Seattle as the "fittest city" in the US. Honolulu, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Denver rounded out the top five. The magazine each yar compares 50 cities by weighing factors, including fast food restaurants per capita, TV watching, air quality and parks. In Seattle, for example, sporting goods stores and gyms outnumber fast food joints. Houston was named the "fattest city" for the fourth time in five years, followed by Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis and Chicago.

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