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Increasing Blood Pressure Medications at Hospital Discharge May Pose Serious Risk

August 19, 2019

Increasing medications for blood pressure when discharging older patients from the hospital may pose a greater risk of falls, fainting and acute kidney injury that outweighs the potential benefits, according to a study of VA patients. NCIRE-supported scientist Michael Steinman, MD, a UCSF professor of geriatrics and clinician in the geriatrics clinic and inpatient general medicine service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, is senior author of the study.”

Most Seniors with Dementia Live at Home, Despite Pain, Anxiety, Poor Health

August 6, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, most older Americans with advancing dementia remain in their own homes – many until they die. But a new study has revealed that this population may endure more pain and have more complex or unaddressed medical needs than their counterparts in nursing homes. Alexander K. Smith, UCSF associate professor of medicine and an NCIRE-supported scientist at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was senior author of the study.

SFVAHCS Researcher Receives Prestigious Barnwell Award

July 26, 2019

Michael Shlipak, an NCIRE-supported scientist, received the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Barnwell Award at an award ceremony on July 26. Dr. Shlipak received the award for his pioneering work investigating the causes and consequences of kidney disease and his impactful efforts to improve strategies for the early detection and prevention of the disease.

Study Offers Hint of Hope for Staving Off Dementia in Some People

January 28, 2019

Kristine Yaffe, an NCIRE-supported researcher, comments on a study that found that people with hypertension who received intensive treatment to lower their blood pressure were less likely than those receiving standard blood pressure treatment to develop minor memory and thinking problems that often progress to dementia.

Mortality-risk prediction tool could improve patient selection for carotid endarterectomy

January 24, 2019

A new mortality-risk prediction tool could improve patient selection for carotid endarterectomy among patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, finds a study by Salomeh Keyhani, an NCIRE-supported scientist.


Depression, Anxiety May Take Same Toll on Health as Smoking and Obesity

December 17, 2018

An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Senior author of the study is Aoife O'Donovan, PhD, an NCIRE-supported researcher who is affiliated with the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.


HIV latency differs across tissues in the body

November 11, 2018

Mechanisms that govern HIV transcription and latency differ in the gut and blood, according to a study by Dr. Steven Yukl, staff physician at SFVAHCS and UCSF associate professor of medicine. The findings could inform new therapies aimed at curing HIV.


Tools to Help Older Adults Guide Future Medical Care Study Shows Promise for Advance Care Planning in Diverse Populations

October 29, 2018

A user-friendly website on advance care planning, as well as easy-to-read advance directives, can be highly effective in empowering both English- and Spanish-speaking older adults to plan for their future medical care, according to a study led by Dr. Rebecca Sudore, professor of medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and staff physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System.


3D-Printed Bones are Helping Doctors Prepare for Surgeries Models Can Be Shared with Patients

October 24, 2018

Using scans of actual patient anatomy, surgeons can print model bones on which to plan and practice their procedures. Dr. Alan Dang and Dr. Alexis Dang, both UCSF assistant professors of orthopaedic surgery and SFVAHCS, are co-founders of an initiative to establish onsite 3D printing at UCSF, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Millions Suffer Mild TBI Every Year With Dangers of Everyday Concussions Revealed, Scientists Race to Find Solutions

October 17, 2018

Researchers at UCSF and SFVAHCS are among scientists working to understand how concussions cause long-term damage - and how they might be treated. Recent large-scale studies by Drs. Kristine Yaffe and Raquel Gardner found that a single concussion was associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease and dementia. Drs. Daniel Lim and Geoffry Manley are working on a blood test that could spot brain injuries right after they happen. 

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