Suicide: Complex And Preventable


SAN DIEGO–The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is dominating local and national news, social media and dining table conversations. Running through all is the persistent question “Why?” In the search for answers, much of the media focus has turned to the fact that the beloved actor and comedian suffered from major depression and addiction. While […]

Don’t Let Head Lice Get The Best Of Your Family This School Year

(Newswire)–Birmingham, AL– The bell is about to ring for the first time for the upcoming school year, meaning maladies, ailments and other health nuisances are coming soon. One of those annoyances comes in the form of head lice — itchy, bothersome, parasitic insects that live solely on the scalp hair of humans and usually on children […]

Gonorrhea And Syphilis Infections Increase In San Diego County

SAN DIEGO–There is good news and not so good news about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in San Diego. After several years of increases, the number of chlamydia cases dropped in 2013. However, gonorrhea and syphilis infections in the region continued to climb, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. Last year, the number […]

Study Suggests Disruptive Effects Of Anesthesia On Brain Cell Connections Are Temporary

LA JOLLA–A study of juvenile rat brain cells suggests that the effects of a commonly used anesthetic drug on the connections between brain cells are temporary. The study, published in this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by biologists at the University of California, San Diego and Weill Cornell Medical College in […]

Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders And Other Complications

(Newswise)–Female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). These data were presented today at the American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC. The study found that one in three female triathletes suffers from a pelvic […]

High Rates Of Violence Suffered By Unstably Housed Women In San Francisco

(Newswise)–New research from UC San Francisco found that 60 percent of the city’s homeless and unstably housed women who are HIV-infected or at high risk to become infected have endured a recent experience of some form of violence. “We looked at all types of violence—physical, sexual and emotional. We expected to find higher rates than […]

Whooping Cases Reach Nearly 900 In San Diego County

SAN DIEGO–Pertussis (whooping cough) cases in San Diego County number nearly 900 for the year according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Nine new cases of the disease were confirmed this week in which the public may have been exposed. The locations are listed below. “The county and the state are […]

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports

Newswise–“It is important that school administrators recognize the importance of sport participation and physical activity,” said lead author Catherine M. Sabiston, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto. “The associations we have found show a long term impact. School sport from ages 12 to 17 protects those youth from poor mental health four years later.” 23 […]

Air Apparent: Using Bubbles To Reveal Fertility Problems

Sanjay Agarwal, MD, Department of Reproductive Medicine

LA JOLLA–Many women struggling to become pregnant may suffer from some degree of tubal blockage. Traditionally, an x-ray hysterosalpingogram (HSG) that uses dye is the most common procedure to determine whether a blockage exists, but it can cause extreme discomfort to the patient. UC San Diego Health System’s doctors are the first fertility specialists in […]

Study Documents Important Differences In Hospitalization Rates Among Racial And Ethnic Groups On Dialysis

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(Newswise)–There are significant racial and ethnic differences in hospitalization rates among kidney failure patients on dialysis, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The differences are not consistent across age groups and also differ by causes of hospitalization. Additional studies are needed to […]