UCSF Psychiatry News

Do sleep medications increase your chances of dementia?

January 30, 2023
A new study shows that sleep medications increase the risk of dementia for people who are white—but the type and quantity of the medication may be factors in explaining the higher risk.

Fresh questions about oxytocin as the 'love hormone' behind pair bonding

January 27, 2023
Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, new research shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years.
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How can we help kids cope with anxiety about climate change?

January 25, 2023
A conversation with Ellen Herbst, MD, a UCSF psychiatrist and mother of two, about how the climate crisis is impacting the mental health of children and adolescents — and what parents can do to help.
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Trip therapy: Could psychedelics become mainstream medicines?

January 25, 2023
Researchers at UCSF and other institutions around the world are finding that once-villainized substances show promise in treating a remarkably wide range of mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.
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Wrist-wearable data may help identify pain, sleep, and anxiety outcomes after traumatic stress exposure

January 12, 2023
A new study from researchers at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center shows how wrist-activity biomarkers could have utility as screening tools for adverse symptom outcomes after trauma exposure.
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Pregnant moms’ stress may accelerate cell aging of white, not Black, kids

December 02, 2022
Does stress during pregnancy impact children’s cell aging, and does race matter? The answer is yes, according to a new UCSF study.

Mangurian appointed SOM Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

December 02, 2022
UCSF School of Medicine Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, has announced the appointment of Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS, as the school's Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, effective January 1, 2023.

UCSF's Yaffe honored for contributions to VA clinical research with 2022 Barnwell Award

November 30, 2022
UCSF researcher Kristine Yaffe, MD, has been named the 2022 John B. Barnwell Award recipient in recognition of her significant contributions as a leader in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
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Three DPBS researchers amongst most influential in the world

November 30, 2022
DPBS faculty researchers Nancy Adler, PhD; Elissa Epel, PhD; and Kristine Yaffe, MD, rank in the top 1 percent for impact in their fields, according to a new analysis of research citations by science and intellectual property company Clarivate.
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Prenatal wellness classes cut moms’ depression in half up to 8 years later

November 29, 2022
A low-cost, prenatal intervention benefits mothers’ mental health up to eight years later, a new UCSF study finds.