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Mindfulness in the Clinic

27 Nov

Jane Brody writes about the role of contemplative care for both palliative care patients and practitioners in today’s  New York Times.

New Trend in Emergency Room Care

10 Apr

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York is pioneering emergency room treatment strategies for geriatric patients. It has joined other medical centers in creating a geriatric E.R. to improve the quality of care and outcomes. According to the New York Times, patients over 65 account for almost 20% of emergency room visits and that number will grow as the population gets older. Read more here.

How to Apply Compassion in the Workplace

12 May

Chade-Meng Tan speaks of everyday compassion at Google. According to Meng compassion works in 3 steps:

The first step is attention training. Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. Therefore, any curriculum for training emotion intelligence has to begin with attention training. The idea here is to train attention to create a quality of mind that is calm and clear at the same time. And this creates the foundation for emotion intelligence. The second step follows the first step.

The second step is developing self-knowledge and self-mastery. So using the supercharged attention from step one, we create a high-resolution perception into the cognitive and emotive processes. What does that mean? It means being able to observe our thoughtstream and the process of emotion with high clarity, objectivity and from a third-person perspective. And once you can do that, you create the kind of self-knowledge that enables self-mastery.

The third step, following the second step, is to create new mental habits. What does that mean? Imagine this. Imagine whenever you meet any other person, any time you meet your person, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, “I want you to be happy. I want you to be happy.” Imagine you can do that. Having this habit, this mental habit, changes everything at work. Because this good will is unconsciously picked up by other people, and it creates trust, and trust creates a lot of good working relationships. And this also creates the conditions for compassion in the workplace. Someday, we hope to open-source “Search Inside Yourself” so that everybody in the corporate world will at least be able to use it as a reference.

Here is the video of his recent TED Talk:

https://ted.com/talks/view/id/1113

Michael J. Fox Continues Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease

14 Apr

April is Parkinson’s awareness month and Michael J. Fox spoke to New York media outlets about his personal commitment to find a cure. You can watch the recent  ABC News segment and read the  Perez Hilton blog posting.

To learn more about Michael and Parkinson’s, watch the CNN Special: Michael J. Fox Talks to Sanjay Gupta, from earlier this year:

Exercise May Prevent Impact of Stress on Telomeres

4 Apr

Psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres and  exercise may prevent this damage, according to several studies by UCSF.

Researchers focused on three groups: post-menopausal women who were the primary caregivers for a family member with dementia; young to middle-aged adults with post-traumatic stress disorder; and healthy, non-smoking women ages 50 to 65 years.

Read more:

Exercise May Prevent Impact of Stress on Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Health | www.ucsf.edu.

IBM’s Nanoparticle to Fight MRSA

4 Apr

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IBM has developed a nanoparticle that may successfully fight and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria, reports today’s Wall Street Journal. Read the article here.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann: “I Am Who I Am”

24 Apr

The San Francisco Business Times featured UCSF Chancellor, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, as one of its “Most Influential Women.”  You can read the story here.

“What I want for women and for men — for all people — I want them to believe that anything is possible and to not feel constrained by the scope of what they dream about.”

Cancer Research Saves Lives

18 Apr

The AACR debuted at its annual conference today an informative video about the accomplishments and possibilities of cancer research. Check it out.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

11 Apr

UCSF’s Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann is profiled in the Sunday, April 11, 2010 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. The story is featured on the front page.

A Year of Drug Development Firsts?

30 Dec

CNBC’s Mike Huckman looks back at pharma’s biggest decade, and also looks ahead at    what’s to come in today’s segment “Big Pharma’s Big Decade.” UCSF’s Chancellor Dr. Susan  Desmond-Hellmann is featured in the program. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann who brought the world’s anti-cancer blockbuster drugs to market says what she’s “most proud of is that we changed the way people think about cancer.”

2010 could be a year of firsts– the first therapeutic vaccine for prostate cancer, first Lupus    drug, first once a week drug to treat diabetes, and  the first new flu vaccine technology since the 1950’s.

According to Dr. Desmond-Hellmann, “what is tremendous is how there is literally an explosion of biology – it should be a golden era.” She also believes that there could be a significant break-through in Alzheimer’s disease on the horizon. Drugs today just treat the symptoms but don’t slow the progression.

Dr. Desmond-Hellmann concludes by saying: “If there was a genuine breakthrough in Alzheimer’s we’re talking about the kinds of medicines that could be the biggest products in the world… bigger than Lipitor and Avastin… from a business perspective this could be huge.”

Watch the video here.