Across California, few dental offices are equipped to accommodate patients with special needs, leaving many patients with no option but to allow their dental diseases to go untreated, sometimes leading to serious health complications. The UCSF School of Dentistry is helping to lead an initiative to build the state’s capacity to provide special needs dental care to every Californian who needs it.
UCSF sociologist Howard Pinderhughes, PhD, says insufficient housing, economic opportunity, and educational inequity stand in the way of a healthy San Francisco. Nevertheless, he believes there is room for optimism and the possibility for change.
With the global population of seniors projected to reach 1.5 billion by 2050, it will be more important than ever to reduce the burden of age-related disease. In the future, science will allow us to intervene in the aging process to make this a reality, according to geriatrician John Newman.
A future in which precision medicine benefits everyone is not guaranteed. For that to happen, UCSF experts argue, the health care industry must first tackle today’s health disparities, including differences in disease outcomes and access to care based on race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic is dominated by unusual gene mutations not often observed in previously studied CF populations. Majority of Dominican patients had no detectable mutations at all in the gene that is thought to drive 95 percent of CF cases.